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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.

San Jose Ramping Up Efforts for Citizenship

With an election year upon us, the Bay Area, and San Jose in particular, is aiming to eliminate the barriers eligible legal permanent residents face to become U.S. citizens and enjoy exercising their rights and benefits that come with citizenship. From Gilroy to Napa there are free workshops on a monthly basis to guide people every step of the way and help demystify the citizenship process that is no longer something that takes years but can be a reality in about 6 months.

Storytelling to Uplift Others

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 there was a serendipitous dance remembering the King of Pop and we can learn a simple technique to increase our own wellbeing.

My Mixed Emotions About San Jose Hosting Super Bowl 50

As a football fan, an artist, an advocate for San Jose's cultural scene, Demone Carter wonders why the city's effort to create engaging public spaces is only created for the guests of Super Bowl 50.

UPDATE: San Jose Street Musician Calls Out Super Bowl Week Vendor Ban

UPDATE: "City officials acknowledge handing out fliers to peddlers and other vendors but deny telling street performers or musicians they couldn't play." Walt Hansen is a veteran, a San Jose legend, and well known street musician who has played his flute for years all around town with a hat out for donations. Recently, he was handed an ordinance telling him that he will not be allowed to earn his living during the upcoming Super Bowl 50 week. 

There's a Magic to Peace

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 we see that even nightclubs are not immune to that magic of peace and that something undeniable happens when you watch the dance of peace.

San Jose’s Process for Controversial “Crime Free Multi-Housing Program” Gives Community the Runaround

While the San Jose City Council ranked rent control and plans to strengthen tenant protections as its second highest priority this past year, they are currently conducting community outreach around a program that puts more authority in the hands of landlords to evict entire families at once. Perhaps because the incongruence starts here the process of presenting the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program to tenants has been anything, but smooth.

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.
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