In San Mateo County, youth as young as 10-years-old face deportation from contact with the criminal justice system. Youth United for Community Action gathered responses from families, lawyers and advocates on the impact on the county's practice. Learn more at: www.stopdeportingyouth.com
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.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) anounced that the option to exit the controversial Secure Communities program will be "eliminated" and the program will become mandatory for 2013. Under the program, local police are required to share the fingerprints of all arrestees with federal immigration authorities.
Santa Clara County has been a leading voice in protecting the rights of immigrants in the face of escalating federal immigration enforcement. SJ Beez/Silicon Valley De-Bug presents a resource page featuring media coverage, policy memos, data, and other information on Santa Clara County’s policies regarding immigration matters.
JB, a Filipino Dream Act student came here lawfully with his family from the Philippines when he was fifteen years old. JB is 31 now. In those sixteen years since his arrival in this country one could not differentiate his life compared to anyone else living here. On November 12 JB is set to be deported back to the Philippines.
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.
On August 15th the California Senate Appropriations Committee will decide whether California has the funds to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, AB889, giving the estimated 200,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers worker protections. Local members of the California Domestic Workers Coalition met with the office of Sen. Alquist to urge her to support the bill.
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.
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 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.
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.?
In North San Jose, a unique taco truck is quickly developing a fan base with its green chorizo tacos. The tacos served by Cuauhtemoc Lopez are inspired by his youth growing up in the world capital of chorizo in the city of Toluca in Mexico. Mr. Lopez talks about the difficult times he faced before becoming a successful and outstanding Taquero.
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.