If you are a member of any San Jose History groups on social media, you doubtless have seen Bertha Boronda’s mugshot photograph. It is a marvelous and eerie portrait, captured on leap day in 1908, and likely a rare example of an inmate documenting a fellow inmate. Continue reading Investigating Bertha Boronda's Mugshot Photograph
The first in a 23 part series on the EPA superfund sites of Santa Clara County. This piece looks specifically as the location dubbed “the triple site.” Continue reading 23: The Triple Site
There are over 1300 superfund sites in the United States. Of these, almost 100 are spread throughout California. 23 are in Santa Clara County. This is more than any other single county in the United States. Continue reading 23: An Introduction
You might remember the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. President Trump’s solitary legislative accomplishment secured a massive handout to the wealthiest individuals and corporations, slightly rose taxes on the lower middle class, and enabled longtime Republican-supporting companies like Home Depot to create a positive news cycle for themselves and the party by giving employees a one-time bonus of $100 around Christmas. You know, like … Continue reading Zoning Out: How the Trump Tax Cuts are Making Gentrification Worse by Jay Edgar
If I were pregnant in my grandparents’ era, where would I get an abortion?
This is the question that spurs me to scour a newspaper database for stories of illegal operations in my hometown of San Jose. Continue reading The Lost History of Silicon Valley Abortions
A short essay on forming relationships with named objects (in this instance, washers, dryers, and Amazon lockers) and the history of laundry in San Jose. Continue reading Dear Doris, Dear Marion, Dear Arugula, Dear Rocio
The New Almaden Mine has had a huge impact on both San Jose and the bay area as a whole. This piece looks at how current Silicon Valley labor norms have been taken directly from California’s first chemical industry, the New Almaden mine. Additionally, it explores mercury pollution, environmental racism, and the relationship between extraction and settler colonialism. Continue reading A poison. A metal. A god: Settler Colonialism, Mercury, and the Lethal Legacy of Silicon Valley.