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Pop Up Editorial at Lips Uncurled, Eyes Forward

Lips Uncurled, Eyes Forward, was a first of its kind AAPI social art and cultural awareness exhibition dreamed up by Quynh-Mai Nguyen. The day long event held at the Mexican Heritage Plaza focused on creating safe spaces for the the Asian community to write their own narrative through art and performance against the narrative that media continues to write for them. Check out the conversation that sparked from this event across different generations.

Bringing Community Together to Fight Cat Calling and Sexual Harassment

Across the country women are speaking up against harassment and locally, one woman's latest experience led her to reach out to friends to fight back against this daily occurrence for many women. What she found as she reached out was that a larger community of women are ready to tackle the issue together.

What the Mainstream Media Got Wrong About San Jose’s Anti-Trump Rally

Last Thursday’s Anti-Trump Rally in San José made national headlines that were one-dimensional stories of defenseless Trump supporters victimized by violent protesters. Protesters at the rally found themselves all over the news portrayed inaccurately, so they wrote their own accounts to set the record straight with a more complete picture.

Bail or Die: The Choice of a Detained Man in a Broken Jail

“I had to get out. The pain kept getting worse. I wasn’t getting any treatment, and I thought I was going to die.” Words from Jeysson Minota, who was incarcerated with a possible terminal condition that would of cost him his life if he continued to remain in jail. He felt he had to make bail to stay alive.

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.
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