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Renters Rally at First Advisory Committee Meeting to Revise San José’s Rent Ordinance

Last week tenants and housing rights organizations across the Bay Area organized coordinated actions in Mountain View, San Mateo, Redwood City, Burlingame, Oakland, Alameda, San Francisco, Fremont and San Jose to spotlight the crisis felt by tens of thousands of families being pushed out of their homes. In San Jose tenants gathered at the first meeting of an advisory committee approved by San Jose City Council to consult the Council on revising the City's current ordinance.

San Jose Joins National Pink Out Day After Republicans Push to Defund Planned Parenthood

With the House of Representatives pushing to defund Planned Parenthood, a national non-profit organization that provides health services and is used by close to 3 million Americans, San Jose residents joined the first-ever national Pink Out Day to support Planned Parenthood and reproductive freedom. Check out what folks had to say from the rally in front of a local Planned Parenthood clinic.

India's Anti-Gay Law made its way to San Jose with Prime Minister Modi's visit

Mohammed Shaik Hussain Ali is the chair of Trikone, the world's oldest organization for LGBT South Asians. When India's prime minister Narenda Modi made a recent visit to San Jose, Hussain and his friends went to protest peacefully against a anti-gay law in India known as Section 377. There he learned, that the law he felt in India had a following here in the US.

The Broken Man of the Silicon Valley

Emerald Ip had just left a San Jose City Council meeting where she spoke about the need for stable housing and shared that she had been left without a roof over her head after her SJSU admission was rescinded, when an interaction at the bus stop left her asking, what are we really innovating here in Silicon Valley? At the bus stop outside city hall, Ip and a friend turn a good deed into an impromptu interview with a man who could have been anyone - a man chewed up, spit out and forgotten by Silicon Valley.

Imagine SJ Showcase RECAP # 2 "San José Food + Drink"

A collaboration between Future Arts Now! and Kooltura Marketing, the ImagineSJ Showcase is a monthly event series that provides a platform for San Jose’s newest most innovative thinking, whether it be in the arts, technology, non-profit or small business. Through performances, presentations, and interactive audience engagement activities, the ImagineSJ Showcase creates a public platform for the introduction of new ideas and great thinking that San Jose needs to know about.

The Hardest Thing I Ever Had To Tell My Parents

Adnan Khan is serving a life sentence in San Quentin. Now 31, at 17 he left his mother and at 18 he was arrested. He remembers the moment he told his mother the hardest words he would have to tell her in his life.

Justice For Mario

Longtime community leader Sheri Costa shared with us the tragic news about her nephew Mario, who died in Santa Rita County Jail in Alameda County. The guards watched him gasp for breath during an asthma attack and offered no help while all the other men yelled for help. She will be holding a rally this Wednesday August 12th at 7pm in Oakland and is asking the community to join her campaign of #JusticeForMario.

The Next Course In School, Hip Hop Based Education

Anthony Pineda is an educator who studied Hip Hop and is applying it in a very specific way. With new ways of studying hip-hop music's connection, by not just listening to songs but how one feels or how ones engaged with music. He learned that this maybe the key to a healing and engagement tool to help students succeed in education.

Imagine SJ Showcase RECAP #1 "San José Music"

A collaboration between Future Arts Now, Kooltura Marketing, and Knight Foundation, the ImagineSJ Showcase is a monthly event series providing a platform for San José’s newest most innovative thinking, whether it be in the arts, technology, non-profit or small business. Be a part of tonight's Imagine Sj showcase called Food+Drink from 7:00-8:30pm at the SoFa market.

The Dinner Table: The Classroom On Privilege and Racism for White Families Across America

Last night MTV premiered Jose Antonio Vargas' show, "White People" exploring white people and white privilege across America. The dinner table was an ongoing theme, a Washington family speaking with their son about his white privilege workshop for the first time, an Italian family in Brooklyn, friends sharing spaghetti meeting their friends black friends for the first time. Writer Andrew Bigelow weighs in on why it is at the dinner table where the conversations of learning and discomfort must happen with families like his across America.
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