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Category: Politics

Fear and Loathing in Politics – Snake Oil Man Revivalist, a 80s 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 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.”

Race, Privilege, and Recall: How the Campaign Against Judge Persky Makes Our System Even More Unfair

Authors Akiva Friedlin and Emi Young point out how the recall campaign of Judge Persky has been constructed by distortions of the law and misleading arguments. For example, the current critique of Persky by the campaign is that immigration consequences of a defendant was considered in how the case was resolved in a plea deal. Yet the consideration of immigration consequences has been codified by law, legislation, policies of District Attorney offices, and of course the immigrant rights movement.

A San Jose Protest Against Police Violence in Five Acts

On a recent Sunday, people gathered in Downtown San Jose to protest police violence and remember the lives of those lost at the hands of the police. That same day, others were gathering to mourn the lives of police officers killed in the line of duty. This is the experience from one of the protesters present.

Pop Up Editorial: Mothers Advocate for Youth Protections During Police Interrogations

Vero's 14-year-old son was taken from her home at five in the morning by arresting officers. For ten hours, she was not allowed to see or be present with her son while he was held in interrogation. SB 1052, a bill that would protect youth's Miranda rights in police interrogations, would require that before Vero's son was even interrogated, defense counsel would be present to explain his rights – and exactly what he would be giving up should he decide to continue with interrogation. Putting an adult into the situation whose sole interest was in the child would have alleviated Vero's concerns. A caravan of mothers who make up the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project met with legislators to advocate for this important change and share their own similar experiences.

Inspired by Baldwin, an Ethnic Studies Teacher is Ready to Take On A Second Year

With a new school year only weeks away, a new teacher finds himself anticipating and preparing to not only learn about his student's concerns over current world problems, but to deliver an education experience that reflects students of color and moves them to participate in the process of liberation.

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.

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.

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.
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