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Category: Community

Bay Area Media Activism on Display

The current exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area reflects on the Bay Area’s unique legacy as a center for social justice movements. Adrian Avila, De-Bug's Art Director took a trip to check out the exhibit, running through August 14, 2016.

What’s Behind North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’?

Following the North Carolina "Bathroom Bill," 11 states have sued the Obama administration over their direction to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice in public schools. Keisa Reynolds, writes that this issue is about more than bathrooms - it's about discrimination and stripping transgender people of their agency and right to self-determination.

Guelaguetza: A Commitment to Sharing and Cooperation

The authentic cultural festival, Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza in Santa Cruz, CA convened hundreds to honor the gods for sufficient rainfall and bountiful harvest. The state of Oaxaca in Mexico has a large indigenous population whose cultures remain strong on both sides of the border with celebrations like this.

Peace Blossoms in Freedom

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, the column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week the Dance of Peace delights at the Campbell Farmers' Market inspiring acts of unity and harmony.

SJ Creamery: Taste the Culture And Eat Your Problems Away

SJ Creamery is a design series by San José Social Artist, Quynh-Mai Nguyen, paying homage to growing up in San José and commenting on the gentrification of the communities she grew up in.

If Phil White Wants to Do What's Right, He Should Retire from the SJPD

In closed session last week, the San Jose City Council decided not to challenge the arbitration process that allowed Phil White to be rehired by San Jose Police Department. White was originally fired from the department after he put out a series of tweets including,"By the way, if anyone feels they can't breathe or their lives matter, I'll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun." The references were to the Black Lives Matters movement.

De-Bug's Pop Up Editorial at Imagine SJ Poetry Gathering: Poetry Saves Us All

We were excited to take our new Pop Up Editorial – where we meet people where they are already gathered and start conversations about the important issues in their lives – to Imagine SJ’s event focusing on poetry in San José. We circled up for a candid conversation about poetry and how it helped poets not only see the world, but find community.

Pop Up Editorial at Planting Day at Sacred Heart: We Can Plant Healthier Communities

De-Bug was at Sacred Heart Community Service planting day where volunteers from La Mesa Verde, a project to provide families with organic gardens in their homes, are working to expand that access to more families across San Jose. Folks are advocating for the City of San Jose to implement SB 511 here, to allow community to grow vegetables on vacant lots. There are more than 500 lots eligible in San Jose to be used to bring healthy food to folks who may need it the most.

The Dance of Peace Spreading Magic in Santa Cruz

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. This week the Dance of Peace went over the hill to Santa Cruz and drew others like a magnet to share in the spirit of peace.

How San Jose Gets Down For The Mexican Icon, Selena

The late great Tejana singer Selena is still alive, her spirit roaming one of San Jose's most celebrated parties. The San José collective Sonido Clash compiled the best memories from their 2nd Annual Selena Tribute Party, from a look-alike contest to some of the best DJs spinning her greatest hits, it's the reason why this party has been sold out since they first started.
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