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No Way Out of My Miserable Apartment

Delina Garcia should be a success story, instead she is struggling to get out of a terrible apartment in San Jose infested with roaches and bedbugs, and her story is not unique. After being homeless she secured a full time job, was able to get into an apartment, but the available resources to alleviate her situation and ensure she and her daughter live in a healthy and safe environment - code enforcement, legal help, even going to our local congressperson – have failed her.

Cinequest: The Coolest Thing You're Not Doing

Demone Carter writes on one of San Jose's biggest festivals that happens in the quietest theatres in downtown, the Cinequest Film Festival has been around for more than a decade now. Check out what your missing at this year's festival.

A Reminder to Awaken the Rhythm of Your Own Personal Dance

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. Earlier this week the Dance of Peace closed out Black History Month with a special celebration at Yahoo! with a reminder of how dance naturally elevates us into feeling freedom and joy

San Jose State University: From Progress to Bigotry

In an open letter to San Jose State University, Alyx Goodwin says SJSU continues to ignore Black students and encourages an environment of bigotry. She recounts her first experience of Black activism and organizing at SJSU. However, with SJSU's silence following the recent verdict to not charge 3 white SJSU students with hate crimes after they repeatedly harassed fellow student, Donald Williams, Jr., by calling him "three-fifths"and placing a bike lock over his neck... The university that once represented progress to Alyx, and many others, now feels very different.

VIDEO: Families Who've Been Torn By Police Shootings Are Uniting For Justice

"The club that no one wants to be in", Laurie Valdez said at the event and anniversary of 2 loved ones lost from police shootings. Other families who've also lost loved ones came to remember them as elders, youth, community organizers joined them to hear their stories and the necessary steps to justice.

The Spirit of Peace Provides an Ever-Present Opportunity for Healing

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week the Dance of Peace brought a much needed healing energy to an emotional event aimed at ending police violence, organized by loved ones of those lost to police in San Jose and nearby cities. Later, a meaningful display of connection with an officer during the Tuesday dance of peace demonstrated another tiny victory of the dance of peace.

Nahima Aguiniga: My Voice as a Woman Heard Inside the Walls of Intel

Yesterday afternoon Nahima Aguiniga and Adriana Orozco de Flores, cafeteria workers at Intel, who are organizing to unionize walked into Intel to tell management their stories as workers deserving of respect, a living wage and a brighter future for their children. Intel recently released a Diversity and Inclusion report, and its most diverse workforce at Intel – its contractors are calling for the company to step up to fair wages for all.

Cheers from the Wasteland: A San Jose Place Based Journal

A self-described introverted writer reaches out to find kindred spirits across San Jose with a new place based journal, Cheers from the Wasteland. A place where writers, artists and all who have ties to San Jose can find each other and shift the perception of San Jose as a creative wasteland one post at a time.

The Degrading Experience of Trying to Rent in Silicon Valley

With the entire Bay Area facing a housing crisis, more and more people like writer Cynthia Cruz are struggling to find a place to call home. Cruz is a mother, just received her masters degree and has a full time job. The only thing she has found in her search for a home in the very place where she grew up is a degrading and dehumanizing experience.

Interaction Benefits the Heart, Strengthens the Mind

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week the Dance of Peace had the pleasure of igniting the joy and curiosity of children, and reminds us that we are creatures who thrive with contact.
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