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Category: Politics

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."

Rent Control Vote is Ultimately About Racism and Inequality

San Jose's upcoming vote on rent control carries with it the possibilities of a future San Jose, writes Shaunn Cartwright. The process to consider revising San Jose's existing apartment rental ordinance has revealed a deep line in the sand between property owners and tenants, one that the council has the power to deepen or close next Tuesday April 19.

From Place Comes Culture – An Interview with Cellista

Freya Seeburger is Cellista, a cellist and San Jose Arts Commissioner. Read her thoughts on her latest performance piece and how making room for every member of our community is tied to the future of arts in San Jose.

San Jose Councilperson Attempts End-Around to Bring in Controversial "Crime Free Housing Plan"

Today at the City's Rules Committee there will be a vote for the controversial Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program - a program that would facilitate the evictions of entire families for an arrest, not even a conviction of a crime through a new partnership between landlords and SJPD. While the housing department will be recommending that the program not be adopted after a community input process where the majority of the public said no to this program, they are also recommending that the biggest proponents of the program initiate a pilot program in Khamis's District 10.

San Jose State University: From Progress to Bigotry

In an open letter to San Jose State University, Alyx Goodwin says SJSU continues to ignore Black students and encourages an environment of bigotry. She recounts her first experience of Black activism and organizing at SJSU. However, with SJSU's silence following the recent verdict to not charge 3 white SJSU students with hate crimes after they repeatedly harassed fellow student, Donald Williams, Jr., by calling him "three-fifths"and placing a bike lock over his neck... The university that once represented progress to Alyx, and many others, now feels very different.

San Jose Ramping Up Efforts for Citizenship

With an election year upon us, the Bay Area, and San Jose in particular, is aiming to eliminate the barriers eligible legal permanent residents face to become U.S. citizens and enjoy exercising their rights and benefits that come with citizenship. From Gilroy to Napa there are free workshops on a monthly basis to guide people every step of the way and help demystify the citizenship process that is no longer something that takes years but can be a reality in about 6 months.

In Michigan, Petitioning Against The Government Lands You a Prison Sentence

As all eyes are on Michigan’s poisoned water crisis, Reverend Edward Pinkney continues to serve a prison sentence for effectively organizing against the first Emergency Manager put into place in the entire country in Benton Harbor, Michigan. There, the Emergecy Manager legally suspended the local city government and appointed himself supreme ruler of the city. Pinkney visited San Jose in 2011 warning us about the dangerous experience just beginning then and now has created the humanitarian disaster in Flint. We need to do everything in our power to free Reverend Pinkney so he can continue to speak out against this draconian law.

San Jose Joins National Pink Out Day After Republicans Push to Defund Planned Parenthood

With the House of Representatives pushing to defund Planned Parenthood, a national non-profit organization that provides health services and is used by close to 3 million Americans, San Jose residents joined the first-ever national Pink Out Day to support Planned Parenthood and reproductive freedom. Check out what folks had to say from the rally in front of a local Planned Parenthood clinic.

Dear Donald Trump - An Open Letter from Chingo Bling

Chingo Bling, artist and entrepreneur wrote an open letter thanking Donald Trump for what he says is motivation for Mexican people across the country to organize and mobilize. "Your statements have caused a deep thunder that is rippling from barrios in Norte Carolina to Liberal Kansas to the offices in Silicon Valley,"  he writes, "thank you for reminding us that we alone hold the power in our hands."

A Black Mother Moved to Action For Her Sons, When The Killing of Other Unarmed Black Young Men Is Too Much

A mother of two young sons is moved to action unable to continue to sit by and watch innocent lives being taken by those that are supposed to protect them. Ennaoj is determined to make a difference so that her boys know that their lives matter.
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