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Category: San Jose//South Bay

East Side High School Students Unhappy With Mayor Liccardo's State of The City Address

Overfelt High School's Student group, "Curious Minds" called attention to gentrification at last Saturday’s State of the City Address hosted by their high school. While waving huge posters that were unavoidable to the Mayor Liccardo's eyes as he spoke, he did not acknowledge the concerns they held up, big and bright. Words that read, " Your Luxury is Our Displacement" and "Is this not also our home?" were issues students were pushing but were never brought up in his address.

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.

The Spirit of Peace Provides an Ever-Present Opportunity for Healing

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week the Dance of Peace brought a much needed healing energy to an emotional event aimed at ending police violence, organized by loved ones of those lost to police in San Jose and nearby cities. Later, a meaningful display of connection with an officer during the Tuesday dance of peace demonstrated another tiny victory of the dance of peace.

They Tried to Make Me a Murderer

After watching "Making a Murderer," the acclaimed Netflix documentary series, Ramon Vasquez knew exactly what was happening as he watched detectives build their case around Steven Avery. In 2008, Vasquez sat in San Jose's main jail for months after being arrested for a murder he did not commit. From personal experience, he says the elements that cause wrongful arrest and convictions hightlighted in Making a Murderer, is more common than the public acknowledges.

Interaction Benefits the Heart, Strengthens the Mind

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week the Dance of Peace had the pleasure of igniting the joy and curiosity of children, and reminds us that we are creatures who thrive with contact.

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.

Storytelling to Uplift Others

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week there was a serendipitous dance remembering the King of Pop and we can learn a simple technique to increase our own wellbeing.

My Mixed Emotions About San Jose Hosting Super Bowl 50

As a football fan, an artist, an advocate for San Jose's cultural scene, Demone Carter wonders why the city's effort to create engaging public spaces is only created for the guests of Super Bowl 50.

Renters Rally at First Advisory Committee Meeting to Revise San José’s Rent Ordinance

Last week tenants and housing rights organizations across the Bay Area organized coordinated actions in Mountain View, San Mateo, Redwood City, Burlingame, Oakland, Alameda, San Francisco, Fremont and San Jose to spotlight the crisis felt by tens of thousands of families being pushed out of their homes. In San Jose tenants gathered at the first meeting of an advisory committee approved by San Jose City Council to consult the Council on revising the City's current ordinance.

The Cannery: A Historical Community of San Jose Arts and Culture Prepares to Say Goodbye

The Cannery is about to shut its doors for good. Known for its historical production of canning fruits and vegetables from the late 1800's well into the late 90's, it has also played a major role in San Jose's most shape shifting facets of arts and culture, from bicycles to rapping to street fashion. Daniel Zapien and Andrew Bigelow interviewed some of the folks saying their last goodbyes.
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