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Category: Politics

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 from 53 graduating Stanford Law students, representing nearly a third of the total class of 180 students.

What the Mainstream Media Got Wrong About San Jose’s Anti-Trump Rally

Last Thursday’s Anti-Trump Rally in San José made national headlines that were one-dimensional stories of defenseless Trump supporters victimized by violent protesters. Protesters at the rally found themselves all over the news portrayed inaccurately, so they wrote their own accounts to set the record straight with a more complete picture.

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.

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.
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