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Category: Environment

The Crushing Sense of Nobodiness

Part one of an essay by local artist Rich Gutierrez on the rejection of white supremacy throughout the nation's past, linking struggles not only at home but internationally and stepping up to resist again and again.

#MyMomMakesTheValley Hometown Book Launch

Bringing light to the dangerous and often unspoken toxic reality of the Silicon Valley through the personal reflections of what she lived while her mother worked in valley clean rooms - Janice Sapigao released her first book of poetry, microchips for millions, to a room full of family, friends and fans.

Water is Life: The Most Grounded and Peaceful Movement I’ve Seen

Isabella Zizi is Northern Cheyenne Arikara and Muskogee Creek and a life long Richmond resident, she is one of they youngest members of Idle No More SF Bay and helped to organize the Nov. 15th direct action in San Francisco to deliver a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers office.

Writing as a Mirror: Janice Sapigao on Her Upcoming Book, microchips for millions

Janice Sapigao is the daughter of Filipina/o immigrants. Preparing for the launch of her first book, microchips for millions, we sat down to find out more about the San Jose born poet, writer and educator and what's behind the poetry book that highlights the toxic work of Silicon Valley.

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.

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.

Photos: San Jose in Solidarity with Standing Rock

On Tuesday, rallies were held across the country to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock, where more than 100 tribes and supporters are fighting the Dakota Access pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe's reservation is south of what would be the oil pipeline's path and the pipeline is an environmental and cultural threat.

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.

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.
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