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Category: Community

We are San Jose and We Deserve Real Rent Control

Next Tuesday the San Jose city council will decide on strengthening protections for renters, including the annual allowable increase for rent controlled buildings. Hear from renters who have faced eviction, some living in unsafe conditions and on top of that still given unchecked rent increases that far exceed any wage increases.

Peace Within Allows Us to Offer More of Ourselves

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 encourages us to bring peace from our inner world.

From Place Comes Culture – An Interview with Cellista

Freya Seeburger is Cellista, a cellist and San Jose Arts Commissioner. Read her thoughts on her latest performance piece and how making room for every member of our community is tied to the future of arts in San Jose.

"Valley of the Heart" Teatro Puts Silicon Valley's Struggle with Race on Stage

El Teatro Campesino's "Valley of the Heart" serves as a window into the racist past of the country and also Silicon Valley at a time when similar divisive sentiments are boldly and publicly being displayed.

San Jose Councilperson Attempts End-Around to Bring in Controversial "Crime Free Housing Plan"

Today at the City's Rules Committee there will be a vote for the controversial Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program - a program that would facilitate the evictions of entire families for an arrest, not even a conviction of a crime through a new partnership between landlords and SJPD. While the housing department will be recommending that the program not be adopted after a community input process where the majority of the public said no to this program, they are also recommending that the biggest proponents of the program initiate a pilot program in Khamis's District 10.

Casa Chikimalas: A San Jose Badass Women's Collective

Maryela Perez, Estrellita Muñoz, y Cristal Olivas are Las Chikimalas. With intentions of love and growth, Casa Chikimalas is a collective of ladies in San Jose that opened their home as a space for art and music. They work to create a space in which people can connect and collaborate while exposing their art and creating community.

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.
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