Over 200 students from San Jose gathered to discuss the current conditions of public education, and to imagine the schools of the future that can inspire and prepare the next generation. The precedent setting event was supported by educators, policy-makers and community advocates who are supportive these pioneering youth. Writing by Daniel Zapien, video by Fernando Perez.
A victory for family and loved ones who have fought and supported the release of Elvira Zayas for the last 3 weeks. Arrested on charges that were up to 10 years max, Zayas was released on Tuesday night at 9:30pm and reunited with family and community yesterday. Photos are taken by Elvira's older brother Alex Zayas and Jean Melesaine.
When San Francisco Police officers falsely arrested 19 year old Latina superstar Elvira Zayas, they didn't realize how much community would come in force in efforts to support her release. While the trial continues, so does the support from the community of artists, community leaders, and caring members who fight for her arrival home.
Immigrants of all backgrounds and ages come to the San Jose Flea Market to sell their goods to survive and create their own American Dream -- to be their own boss. Commentator Manuel Rocha shares his story of working at the Flea Market as a young man, selling shoulder to shoulder with elders from around the globe.
Since she joined The San Francisco Foundation, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Sandra Hernandez has been promoting her foundation’s efforts to help low-income communities in and around San Francisco gain access to health care and other services. As a practicing physician at San Francisco General Hospital, she has seen first hand the value of health care.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The shooting that killed seven at a private Christian university in Oakland would never have happened in Korea, where owning a firearm is outlawed. That at least is the assessment of community members who point to America’s own thriving gun culture as a causal factor in this and other incidents.
In 2007, Page Mill Properties raised the rents on tenants occupying close to 1,800 units in East Palo Alto, touching off what would be a four-year battle against the City and community groups to preserve rent control. In 2010, Wells Fargo foreclosed on the properties and promised to involve community members in the long term plans of the apartments, which are mostly home to low income families of color.
As counties across California develop plans to respond to the state's mandate to reduce the prison population, Santa Clara County has been gathering input on what makes for a successful re-entry of inmates into the community. Silicon Valley De-Bug interviews residents who have recently been released, as well as direct service providers.
Silicon Valley De-Bug's Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project presents a new publication that shares the stories of eight families who changed the outcome of their criminal cases through their active participation. The book is also a guide on how communities can measurably impact their local criminal justice system.
Somos Mayfair and Latinas Contra Cancer are taking steps to curtail cancer among Latinos with community gardens, healthy recipes and policies that increase access to nutritious foods. The podcast features Pamela Gudiño, program director of Somos Mayfair, and Ysabel Duron, founder of Latinas Contra Cancer. Read more about Duron in the article.
San Jose has already registered seven homicides in 2011, nearly matching half of the total killings from the previous year. The victims are often young and brown. Marcos Reyes, who lives in the same neighborhoods where sidewalk memorials are springing up, describes what it feels like to be a part of a community in peril.
As the City goes into the final stages of selecting the next police chief, the Coalition for Justice and Accountability presents their Community Input Report, which shares the findings compiled from 3,000 hand-filled surveys, conducted in three languages, on what San Jose's diverse communities say they require in the next chief.
In 2006, Art Calderon's father, who was 68 at the time, was beaten by SJPD officers. The Calderon family was given a $97,500 settlement by the city of San Jose as a result. In episode #5 of this series, Art Calderon Jr. speaks about how the new chief can create new positive relationships in the Latino community.
With the county in a recession, it is those who are often heard the least from — youth and elders — who are baring the brunt of a deep economic crisis. The moment of dwindling resources though may by an opportunity for a now veteran youth movement to lead, not just for other youth, but for all generations.
In episode #4 of Message to the New San Jose Police Chief, Richard Babcock, an artist and mental health client, shares his experiences with SJPD, and his hopes for a new training protocols. The Coalition for Justice and Accountability (CJA) has initiated this multimedia project to inform the police chief selection process.
The African American Services Community Service Agency held a forum that brought the African-American community together with leading San Jose city elected officials to discuss the selection of the next police chief. The effort was done in collaboration with the Coalition for Justice and Accountability.
The alcoholic energy drink Four Loko has generated national controversy after a repudiation from the FDA and has been banned in several states. Critics say the drink targets underage youth and offers a dangerous mix of caffeine and potent amount of alcohol. In this article, San Jose youth give their opinion on the drink that has been called "blackout in a can."
Vinh Pham, father of Daniel Pham, who was shot to death by police last year, shares his hopes for the future in police/community relations. The Coalition for Justice and Accountability (CJA) has initiated this multimedia project featuring San Jose residents' experiences to inform the police chief selection process.
In late October the Service, Immigrants Rights and Education (SIREN), in coordination with the Coalition for Justice and Accountability, held an open forum at the Tully Library. The dialogue, held in Spanish, brought together Latino immigrant families to discuss their concerns with the police and offer selection criteria for the next San Jose Police Chief.
Silicon Valley De-Bug and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability presents a "Message to the New San Jose Police Chief" — an ongoing multimedia project profiling a diversity of San Jose residents offering their advice and hopes for the next San Jose Police chief. This week's feature is on David Madrid, an East San Jose community member.
The term "Asian Pacific Islander" has been used as a pan-ethnic term which identifies those from the Pacific Islands such as Samoa and Tonga, alongside those from the continent of Asia, such as China or Korea, as one large group. But does the lumping together help or hurt Pacific Islanders living in the U.S.?
Block2Block Radio host David Madrid talks with Bernie Kotlier, an East Side San Jose parent and Co-Chair of the Community Association for Supporting Summit High School. Summit High is an acclaimed college preparatory charter school from Redwood City that is proposing to open up two sites in East San Jose.
Guelaguetza is the most important cultural festival of sharing and celebration for immigrants from the Southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Alianza News profiles a recent "Mini Guelaguetza" and gives us a taste of what to expect at the 2nd Annual Guelaguetza Festival to be held at the National Hispanic University in San Jose on July 25th.
Youth of color from the ages of 16 to 24 are one of the hardest to count populations for the Census. De-Bug asked minority youth from high schools to write a letter to their parents as to why it is important to participate in the Census. The following are excerpts of the campaign, accompanied by video coverage of a youth concert by Voto Latino promoting the Census.