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An Open Letter to the San Jose City Council and Santa Clara Board of Supervisors

Following an unprecedented vote by San Jose City council to approve sanctioned campsites for the homeless, the County Board of Supervisors now has the final say on moving forward. Writer, Shaunn Cartwright, urges them to do what is morally right.

'They Call Us Terrorists' - Muslim Students Bullied in California Schools

With the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino the Muslim community is feeling the backlash - from the presidential candidate Donald Trump proposing anti-Muslim laws to the rise in individual attacks of people who are Muslim or are perceived to be Muslim. Michael Lozano sits down with Muslim youth to talk about what's happening to them at school.

This Week in Peace, A Column by San Jose's Peace Dancer

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of a champion – one, Khalilah Ramirez, Dancer of Peace. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. The Dance of Peace is performance art designed for one purpose: Peace in every heart. It is meant to engage people. It functions to start a dialogue about peace. It exists to do and be art and to introduce the bright and shining energy of peace to all who are watching. Bringing awkwardness and then dissolving it in an instant.

A Year After the Closing of The Jungle, is San Jose's City Council Finally Ready to Act?

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the closing (12/4/14) of The Jungle - the largest homeless encampment in the nation. Meanwhile, Housing for All Alliance, a group of individuals and organizations who work for all to be housed, has proposed a moratorium on sweeps of smaller camps and the establishment of sanctioned encampments. Housing For All member Phil Mastracola writes that San Jose City Council can bring back stability to our most vulnerable by voting for legal campsites at a meeting this Tuesday. Housing for All is holding a press conference today at 2pm to support the proposal, and is calling on community members to attend the meeting.

Hopes For Home, While Reflecting From Juvenile Hall

Editor’s Note: I have been helping run workshops inside Santa Clara County’s Juvenile Hall over the past 6 months with a program called The Beat Within that generates a magazine every two weeks from writings coming from Juvenile Hall. The strength and resilience of these young people continue to amaze me with them being 14 to 18 years old. Below are some reflections from inside Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.

Why People All Over The US Are Writing #UndocuMoney On Their Cash

Donald Trump’s comments about undocumented immigrants have opened the door for racism to come out of the closet -- and remind us that it has always been there. But anyone interested in fact-checking his statements will find that they are just plain wrong, writes Karina Guadalupe highlighting the billions of dollars undocumented immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy.

Renter's Organizing Workshop in San Jose's District 7

Students from DeAnza College along with the Affordable Housing Network, and part of the Silicon Valley Renter's Coalition, presented a renter’s rights organizing workshop on Saturday, Oct. 17th - educating tenants on their rights and the need for stronger protections in San Jose's Apartment Rent Ordinance in a time when a quarter of families who rent in San Jose spend more than half their income on rent.

#WhenICECame Video Series: "Police Took Me Away In Front Of My 5 Year Old Son"

This is the second installment of the #WhenICECame video profile series of immigrants in Santa Clara County caught in the crosshairs of police-ICE entanglement. As Santa Clara County is considering whether our local law enforcement agencies should notify ICE about individuals going through the criminal justice system, hear from our community members who are most affected when local police become entangled with ICE. This video series, produced by Silicon Valley De-Bug, is done in coordination with the Santa Clara County Forum for Immigrants Rights (FIRE) Coalition. For more information, check out www.iceoutofscc.org. In this video, a mother enduring years of domestic violence recounts the moment with police that separated her from her son. Undocumented, she always felt the fear of deportation, and even when she called police, it was her that was taken into custody. Her story is particularly poignant as Santa Clara County recognizes October 2015 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

"Exodus Of The Jungle" -- Documentary Premieres at San Jose State

The documentary premiere, "Exodus of the Jungle" following the lives of those homeless residents who were swept out continues their story of searching for a home. Hundreds of folks in the community showed up for the premiere and dialogued about solutions around the housing crisis happening in San Jose. To learn more about how to show the documentary at your venue, contact: andrew@siliconvalleydebug.org

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.
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