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A San Jose Protest Against Police Violence in Five Acts

On a recent Sunday, people gathered in Downtown San Jose to protest police violence and remember the lives of those lost at the hands of the police. That same day, others were gathering to mourn the lives of police officers killed in the line of duty. This is the experience from one of the protesters present.

Pop Up Editorial: Mothers Advocate for Youth Protections During Police Interrogations

Vero's 14-year-old son was taken from her home at five in the morning by arresting officers. For ten hours, she was not allowed to see or be present with her son while he was held in interrogation. SB 1052, a bill that would protect youth's Miranda rights in police interrogations, would require that before Vero's son was even interrogated, defense counsel would be present to explain his rights – and exactly what he would be giving up should he decide to continue with interrogation. Putting an adult into the situation whose sole interest was in the child would have alleviated Vero's concerns. A caravan of mothers who make up the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project met with legislators to advocate for this important change and share their own similar experiences.

Inspired by Baldwin, an Ethnic Studies Teacher is Ready to Take On A Second Year

With a new school year only weeks away, a new teacher finds himself anticipating and preparing to not only learn about his student's concerns over current world problems, but to deliver an education experience that reflects students of color and moves them to participate in the process of liberation.

SJPD Current Body-Worn Camera Policy Allows Police to Police Themselves

Former San Jose Independent Police Auditor Judge LaDoris Cordell highlights concerns with SJPD's current policies on body-worn cameras that can lead to more distrust and suspicion, loosing the opportunity for accountability from both police and citizens. This piece was written for the publication.

Don't Judge Persky Decision, or Any Sentence, in a Vacuum

Before retiring as a public defender, Aram James handled thousands of probation violations. In his essay, he writes that to fully evaluate Judge Persky's sentence of Brock Turner, the public needs to account for what being on probation really means to those convicted of a crime.

Andrew Bigs Is On Tour, Bridging The Nation

DeBug's own Andrew Bigs is on the Vans Warped Tour for music, but while he on tour he is stopping in each city talking to community members for a video podcast called "Bridge The Nation", aimed to highlight the work of an organization and to raise the greater awareness of the advocacy & community work happening around the country.

De-Bug's Gail and Lamar Noble Featured On Mic.com

Mic.com featured Gail Noble who has been working with families guiding them  through the legal process when they've felt alone. She herself knows what it's like to have a loved one incarcerated and facing time. Here, she is on Darnell Moore's series, "The Movement" with her personal story as she guides her son Lamar who is facing charges that were recently dropped.

Photos: Sonido Clash at Summer Garden Series

Check out a photo recap by Carolina Estrella of an outdoor experience inside the School of Arts & Culture in San José, CA at the Mexican Heritage Plaza for the Two Miles East Summer Garden Series with events from now through September.

The Truth About Life Is That It Is All Connected

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. In this edition, Khalilah answers frequently asked questions from the people who come across the Dance of Peace, offering a moment of deepening connection and she invites you to participate in a new Dance of Peace class!

San Jose Families Rally Together for #FreedomNow

San Jose families who lost loved ones to police violence, rallied together in solidarity with The Movement for Black Lives. Laurie Valdez, whose partner was killed by San Jose State Police has been a leader in reaching out to other families who have experienced the same unspeakable loss, so that they know that they do not walk the long road to justice alone.
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