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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.

Oaxacan Teachers Fighting Education Refom - A History of Repression in Mexico

In Mexico the story of Oaxacan teachers protesting is not an incident, but rather a history of repression, explains Marco Jimenez. Last month a violent clash left an unconfirmed number of protesters dead and hundreds more injured. The ongoing fight for the free education of Mexico's poorest children is a battle that many have given their lives for as they attempt to halt education reforms that would effectively shutdown the much needed rural school system.

Rising Rent: Teachers Can't Teach Here, Students Can't Learn Here

As teachers pack up their classrooms, the reality is that many students will not be coming back to class next year, the housing crisis affects not only students and their ability to learn, but many teachers share the struggle of staying in the communities they want to create the most impact in.

Stanford Law School Graduates Submit Letter to Reconsider Recall Effort of Judge Persky

The following letter was sent to Stanford University's Professor Michelle Dauber -- the law professor leading the recall campaign to remove Judge Aaron Persky. The letter was signed by 53 graduating Stanford Law students, representing nearly a third of the total class of 180 students.

Life Lessons Learned Working at San Jose's Flea Market

It's safe to say that if you grew up in San Jose, or the larger Bay Area, the San Jose Flea Market is a big deal. Now a fraction of the size, "La Pulga," as a lot of folks call it was to be shutdown back in 2010 to make way for BART in San Jose. Some of the vendors who remain reflect on what they've learned working in this unique place.
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