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Category: Law & Justice

San Jose Families Rally Together for #FreedomNow

San Jose families who lost loved ones to police violence, rallied together in solidarity with The Movement for Black Lives. Laurie Valdez, whose partner was killed by San Jose State Police has been a leader in reaching out to other families who have experienced the same unspeakable loss, so that they know that they do not walk the long road to justice alone.

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.

Pop Up Editorial: San Jose Students Rally Against Police Killings

On July 8th, high school students from East San Jose called for a march and protest in downtown to challenge police violence, nationally and locally. The latest victims of police violence include the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Anthony Nuñez, an 18 year-old who was killed in San Jose by police on July 4th. De-Bug held a "Pop Up Editorial" discussion with the youth on what motivated them to march, and what changes they are calling for. De-Bug's pop up editorials are our new method of bringing what's going on in our community to the forefront of media. Rather then people coming to us, we ask content-driven questions at gatherings where the community naturally convenes, and share what they produce through various media forms.

Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and San Jose: The Bay Area Reacts To Ongoing Police Violence

Within the past couple of days there has been an uproar of police violence and lives lost, from Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, Fullerton, and sadly right in our city of San Jose. Here are some photos from this week of folks showing up for justice for those who've lost their lives.

How Our Limited Options for “Justice” Around the Brock Turner Sentence Only Punishes Communities of Color

As a community organizer who works with families whose loved ones are facing the criminal court system, Charisse Domingo has sat through many sentencing hearings in Santa Clara County -- the same court system that housed Brock Turner's trial and sentence. But unlike the Turner case, the outrage at the court system she has repeatedly witnessed was about how punitive sentences tore apart the lives of families of color. In her essay, she writes that while she understands the impulse to recall Judge Persky as an effort to challenge white privilege in the courts, it will ironically only further increase incarceration rates in communities of color.

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.

Bail or Die: The Choice of a Detained Man in a Broken Jail

“I had to get out. The pain kept getting worse. I wasn’t getting any treatment, and I thought I was going to die.” Words from Jeysson Minota, who was incarcerated with a possible terminal condition that would of cost him his life if he continued to remain in jail. He felt he had to make bail to stay alive.

Bay Area Media Activism on Display

The current exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area reflects on the Bay Area’s unique legacy as a center for social justice movements. Adrian Avila, De-Bug's Art Director took a trip to check out the exhibit, running through August 14, 2016.

What’s Behind North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’?

Following the North Carolina "Bathroom Bill," 11 states have sued the Obama administration over their direction to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice in public schools. Keisa Reynolds, writes that this issue is about more than bathrooms - it's about discrimination and stripping transgender people of their agency and right to self-determination.
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