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The Energy of Peace is Transformative

Khalilah Ramirez, The Dancer of Peace brings us another week in peace. This week we take a look at how to honor the commitments we have to ourselves and what lies ahead for us this new and upcoming year.

Friendship is Universal

This Week in Peace is a weekly column chronicling 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's performances brought with them the theme of friendship and reflections on what gifts friends really are.

The Sacred and Familiar in the Forthcoming "Knowing Your Worth" Zine

Sara Gonzalez from Pilsen, Chicago and Rich Gutierrez out of San Jose, California have put together a people of color portrait series with folks from both cities answering the question: What people, places, or things in your life create worth within you? This Friday January 1st is the West Coast zine release show “Knowing Your Worth” in Oakland and the pair invited us in on the inspiration behind the project and the significance of connecting with each other's stories.

'Tis the Season... To Kick Out ICE

In the spirit of the holiday season, this past Dec. 11th children wrote "Dear Supervisor" letters to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. The children wrote to ask the board to refrain from proposing harmful policies that entangle ICE with local law enforcement and create stress and worry in our families. This action was part of the FIRE Coalition's ongoing work to ensure that local jails will not respond to ICE's detainer or notification requests.

An Open Letter to the San Jose City Council and Santa Clara Board of Supervisors

Following an unprecedented vote by San Jose City council to approve sanctioned campsites for the homeless, the County Board of Supervisors now has the final say on moving forward. Writer, Shaunn Cartwright, urges them to do what is morally right.

'They Call Us Terrorists' - Muslim Students Bullied in California Schools

With the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino the Muslim community is feeling the backlash - from the presidential candidate Donald Trump proposing anti-Muslim laws to the rise in individual attacks of people who are Muslim or are perceived to be Muslim. Michael Lozano sits down with Muslim youth to talk about what's happening to them at school.

This Week in Peace, A Column by San Jose's Peace Dancer

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of a champion – one, Khalilah Ramirez, Dancer of Peace. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. The Dance of Peace is performance art designed for one purpose: Peace in every heart. It is meant to engage people. It functions to start a dialogue about peace. It exists to do and be art and to introduce the bright and shining energy of peace to all who are watching. Bringing awkwardness and then dissolving it in an instant.

A Year After the Closing of The Jungle, is San Jose's City Council Finally Ready to Act?

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the closing (12/4/14) of The Jungle - the largest homeless encampment in the nation. Meanwhile, Housing for All Alliance, a group of individuals and organizations who work for all to be housed, has proposed a moratorium on sweeps of smaller camps and the establishment of sanctioned encampments. Housing For All member Phil Mastracola writes that San Jose City Council can bring back stability to our most vulnerable by voting for legal campsites at a meeting this Tuesday. Housing for All is holding a press conference today at 2pm to support the proposal, and is calling on community members to attend the meeting.

Hopes For Home, While Reflecting From Juvenile Hall

Editor’s Note: I have been helping run workshops inside Santa Clara County’s Juvenile Hall over the past 6 months with a program called The Beat Within that generates a magazine every two weeks from writings coming from Juvenile Hall. The strength and resilience of these young people continue to amaze me with them being 14 to 18 years old. Below are some reflections from inside Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.

Why People All Over The US Are Writing #UndocuMoney On Their Cash

Donald Trump’s comments about undocumented immigrants have opened the door for racism to come out of the closet -- and remind us that it has always been there. But anyone interested in fact-checking his statements will find that they are just plain wrong, writes Karina Guadalupe highlighting the billions of dollars undocumented immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy.
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