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Jean Melesaine

G$ writes a blog based on her unique daily experiences as an artists, organizer and journalist. Her multimedia blog also platforms the issues concerning the Pacific Islander community.

Exodus From "The Jungle": Photo Chronicle of the Closing Days of the Nation's Largest Homeless Encampment

For decades, a creekbed in East San Jose has become a homeless encampment for hundreds of San Jose residents who've lost homes, jobs, families and have no place else to go. But today, "The Jungle," what it's mostly known as, has been shutdown by the City of San Jose. As police supervised, bulldozers wiped the area clean and the homes people made for themselves are now gone. Photographer Jean Melesaine went to meet with the people the night before forced removal, and photographer Charisse Domingo went to meet residents in the morning of its shutdown while people scrambled to see what to do next. At 6am, residents were woken with flashlights, police, and clean-up crews in hazmat suits. These are the photos of a community in Silicon Valley, one of the richest regions in the world, who are now searching for a new home. 

Photo Essay: From Oakland To Ferguson, People Hit The Streets For Mike Brown

Last night a grand jury in St. Louis came back with a verdict of not indicting Officer Darren Wilson who shot and murdered unarmed Mike Brown. Familiar feelings for Oakland arised, in the similar case of Oscar Grant who was also a young unarmed black man shot by a police officer.

The Bay Area Goes Orange and Black

If you didn't feel the city of San Francisco go quiet for a couple seconds during the evening of last Wednesday, you probably weren't watching the San Francisco Giants in the last game of the World Series. Literally 5 minutes after, this was the reaction from the neighborhood.

Why I Feel Unsafe With Columbus In San Jose

Spent this morning in a beautiful sunrise ceremony on Alcatraz celebrating the Ohlone Natives of this Bay Area land and the indigenous people across the world.

PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Breaking Bread In Puerto Rico

I had a chance to travel to Puerto Rico recently with my "boo thang" for a week. Anytime I travel anywhere, I'm looking for connections to my homeland, an island on the other side of the ocean. If there's a chance to break bread and talk story with the local native families, then it beats out any "tourist'y" spot in my book any day.

3 Words: "Do Or Die" -- A Jean Melesaine Photo Essay

We traveled to a small city in St. Louis to do a video to stop a young man from being executed. When asked about his life he said, "You grow into the shape of the container you were raised in." To tell his story, we needed to tell the story of the city and era he grew up in. The city was war-torn from what many called a "storm"; a plague of violence, poverty, drugs, and incarceration. The height of that war was the 90's. We asked the community members who survived to describe their city during that period. The first person we asked, while showing his bullet wounds said, "Do Or Die".

An Open Letter, Apology To CNN Reporter Jeanne Moos: Pacific Peoples Don't "Decorate Bums" Or "Rub Noses" For Fun

Written in response to CNN journalist Jeanne Moos segment on Prince Williams family's visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the Maori welcoming ceremony.

Steeda and Malaysia: Re-Entry To Motherhood

Steeda Mcgruder was in prison when she was pregnant with her daughter Malaysia, and eventually gave birth to her while incarcerated. She then went in and out of jail, and after transforming her life and breaking the cycle of incarceration, is now running a support group through the county for recently released women as well.

Sandy Cuadra: The Passing of The Heart of The Mission

Sandy Cuadra, a lifetime Mission District resident, recently passed away. Her niece Jade Rivera remembers how her legacy continues through the Mission District of San Francisco, a place that's slowly changing through gentrification but will forever carry the spirit of Sandy and those who made it what it is to this day.

Hood Dreams and Hair Cuts

Chubby is a haircut barber who is born and raised in Oakdale Housing Projects, a project well known for gun violence and crime. At the same time he is a popular barber who continues to cut hair in front of his home even amongst the violence and crime.
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