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Category: Law & Justice

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.

If Phil White Wants to Do What's Right, He Should Retire from the SJPD

In closed session last week, the San Jose City Council decided not to challenge the arbitration process that allowed Phil White to be rehired by San Jose Police Department. White was originally fired from the department after he put out a series of tweets including,"By the way, if anyone feels they can't breathe or their lives matter, I'll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun." The references were to the Black Lives Matters movement.

Pop Up Editorial at Planting Day at Sacred Heart: We Can Plant Healthier Communities

De-Bug was at Sacred Heart Community Service planting day where volunteers from La Mesa Verde, a project to provide families with organic gardens in their homes, are working to expand that access to more families across San Jose. Folks are advocating for the City of San Jose to implement SB 511 here, to allow community to grow vegetables on vacant lots. There are more than 500 lots eligible in San Jose to be used to bring healthy food to folks who may need it the most.

The Collaborative: A Memphis Model on How to Mobilize Thousands Of Voters Under 35

In a recent trip to Memphis, we met organizers who have started a collaborative effort to uplift the political power of millennials for the 2016 election. Though local in its approach, the model has national implications. The author, and Collaborator co-founder, writes that the political expressions of her generation haven't gone away, it just "looks different."

San Jose May Day Photos

This 1st of May marked the 10 years from the massive protests the country saw after the House of Representatives passed The Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal immigration Control Act in 2005 to criminalize undocumented persons. About 800 people took to the streets in San Jose for the now traditional peaceful and celebratory march from East San Jose to City Hall downtown.
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