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Category: Community

East Palo Alto and The Crack Epidemic That Tried to Kill the Black Family

Author's Note: My grandmother came to California in 1954 to escape the racism of the South not knowing that the “Crack Epidemic” would be more damaging to her and her offspring than the overt racism she fled. My grandmother is now 87 years and can look upon five generations of children. As I write, I have to try not to cry as I look at the damage on what the drugging of my community has done to my family and to myself.

"Prop 47 Continues To Protect Family"

At Sacred Heart Community Services on Jan. 9th about 45 people gathered to discuss Gov. Brown’s proposed 2014-15 State Budget to support statewide efforts by California Partnership, a coalition of community-based groups organizing and advocating for policies and programs that reduce and end poverty. DeBug's own, Charisse Domingo shared this speech about the impact of passing Prop 47.

Temp Workers in Santa Monica Organize for Permanent Employment Status

The hidden side to Santa Monica's idyllic exterior is taken care of by "permatemp" workers, who only work when needed. Beach bathroom maintenance worker, Shyolanda Montana tells us why "permatemp" workers keep residents struggling to live in the city she takes care of.

First Time Saved Story of 2015! Mom, Attorney, and Community Beats a Life Sentence Through Social Biography Mitigation

Cherisse Bergeron, the mother of a 16 year old who was facing a 6 year commitment in juvenile prison for his first offense, she took to the community to help build a case to free her son. With proof of a community in his social biography packet, the judge in the case made him turn around and face his community in the courtroom.

12 Moments of DeBugging The System in 2014 (Photos)

"DeBugging The System" is a saying we have here at The DeBug Unit. It means dismantling systems that are problems, finding solutions and fixing them. Here are 12 moments of this year that we remember as we head to take 2015 on and continue DeBugging. Happy New Years from your DeBug family!

Parents in East San José Organize Free Soccer League

Parents in San Jose's Mayfair community build on the community's legacy of organizing, creating a free soccer league to be their "own kid’s role models.”

Photo Essay: From Oakland To Ferguson, People Hit The Streets For Mike Brown

Last night a grand jury in St. Louis came back with a verdict of not indicting Officer Darren Wilson who shot and murdered unarmed Mike Brown. Familiar feelings for Oakland arised, in the similar case of Oscar Grant who was also a young unarmed black man shot by a police officer.

Remembering Antonio Guzman Lopez: Family of SJ State Police Shooting Death Holds Birthday Celebration

On November 15, 2014, Antonio Guzman Lopez's family gathered to celebrate what would have been his 39th birthday. In February of this year, Antonio was shot and killed by San Jose State Police officers Mike Santos and Frits Van Der Hoek. Antonio left behind his partner Laurie, and his children -- 5 year old Josiah and daughter Angelique. Almost 7 months later, the Santa Clara County District Attorney has yet to complete their investigation as to whether the shooting was justified. In the meantime, his family -- through the leadership of Laurie Valdez -- launched the Justice for Josiah campaign to seek accountability for their loved one's death. A humble man who loved his children above everything, Antonio was remembered last Saturday among family, community, and supporters who pledged to support Antonio's family through the long road ahead.

Shifting From Prisons To Schools: Redemption In California

Raj Jayadev writes how passing Proposition 47 may mean the redemption of California.

Closing The Jungle Is Not a Solution

Regeneration Against Destruction, a young collective helping to fight for basic rights for the houseless community who live in the San Jose encampment in San Jose. The City of San Jose is currently trying to push them out with no solution for housing needs.
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