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Why Does Incarceration = Dehumanization?

Reflecting upon a historic hunger strike of inmates in the Santa Clara County jail who were protesting conditions such as solitary confinement, public defender Sajid Khan writes, "Our country’s jail and incarceration infrastructure is fundamentally inhumane and flawed."

A Letter to Young Folks About Voting This November

From a recent conversation where young people where either too young to vote and following the election to a newly registered voter uncertain of whether to vote or not, Diane Solomon was inspired to reach out with a letter to young folks about their impact on the future of California at the voting booth.

Filipino American History Coming Full Circle

October is Filipino American History Month and Jaki Joanino reflects on what this time means to her and shares the legacies of Filipinos in the United States. She is part of the next generation carrying the torch in the continued fight for civil rights and social justice.

How a Vato Fell in Love With Hockey

For this humble vato from West San Jose, there’s nothing better than when his two favorite things about San Jo come together every night at Rollin’ Ice, the local roller hockey rink: the gente of all backgrounds who live here and our hockey loving community.

Inmates in Santa Clara County Jails Start Hunger Strike to Protest Solitary Confinement

Inmates in the Santa Clara County Jails who are part of the Prisoners’ Human Rights Movement sent a letter to Sheriff Laurie Smith with a list of demands and a notice that in October the inmates will initiate a hunger strike to continue their “peaceful protest to end this torturous practice of Solitary Confinement and inhumane treatment until there is tangible and meaningful change for all prisoners – most whom are unconvicted pretrial detainees…” they stated.

Dear Gentrifier, From East Palo Alto Youth

In letters and poetry, East Palo Alto youth write to their new neighbors about the folks they pass by as they drive by in their new cars and describe who used to live in the homes they now live in. The group from Youth United for Community Action describe the changes their community is undergoing as long time residents are pushed out by wealthier residents who can afford higher rents.

Q&A: Dorsey Nunn on the Growing Power Base of the Formerly Incarcerated

Editor’s Note: The first national conference of the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People and Families Movement was held in Oakland, Calif. on Sept 9-10. The movement works for the full restoration of civil and human rights for those who have been convicted by the criminal justice system. Dr. Joseph Marshall, host of Street Soldiers on 106 KMEL radio, recently welcomed conference organizer Dorsey Nunn, executive director of All of Us or None, to discuss the conference, his work on the Ban the Box campaign and the need to include the voices of the formerly incarcerated in the national conversation about ending mass incarceration.

Fear and Loathing in Politics – Snake Oil Salesman Revivalist, a 80's Disaster Film Review

In a fictionalized film review of real events, M. Jimenez writes a narrative recounting a campaign trail of how people so easily surrender freedom for lies under the guise of politics. Ultimately, he is a voice of the marginalized, “I am an immigrant; I must believe there is a place for me, here, even if it is speaking against the lies they tell about me, or my kind.”

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.

Who Created This Monster? A Comic Review of Trump's Campaign

As the Republican National Convention is underway and Trump's candidacy has unofficially been declared, illustrator Marco Jimenez and designer Quynh-Mai Nguyen present a comic commentary on his campaign.
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