On February 21, 2014, Antonio Lopez was shot to death by San Jose State University police officers. While the police contend Lopez charged at them with a weapon, the medical examiner concluded he was shot twice in the back. The family believes this is a cover-up and the campaign Justice For Josiah [the name of Antonio Lopez’s son] has formed to demand answers and launch their own people’s investigation into what happened. 
The topic of this week’s “Decolonizing the Anti-Violence Movement” series is carcerality and militarism. As we re-conceptualize violence, and particularly focus on the state as being a perpetrator of it, addressing police brutality against people of color is important to center. It’s also necessary to see how the harsher criminalization of college campuses and the empowering of school police forces [especially under the guise of targeting race, gender, and sexual violence issues] corresponds with justifying shooting and killing people deemed threatening. 
Justice For Josiah plans to join the 4/12 #DecolonizeSAAM conversation on Carceral Feminism, as part of their community-building efforts, online and on-the-ground. We encourage you to support them.
For more information about the case:  San Jose, CA: Anatomy of a Police Murder and Cover Up 
Family Demands Answers in Fatal San Jose State University Police Shooting     Justice for Josiah is a San Jose, CA (Santa Clara County) based campaign struggling for resolution, prevention, justice, and healing for the communities, families, and victims of police violence, abuse, and murder. We are centered on the love we have for one another, not a hatred of those whose aim seems to only be doing our communities, our families, and our loved ones harm.   Facebook: Twitter:

Three students charged with hate crimes at California college
November 23, 2013

Three university students in California accused of taunting their black roommate with racial slurs and references to slavery, once trying to clamp a bicycle lock on his neck, have been charged with hate crimes in an incident that has roiled the campus.

The three freshmen have also been suspended from their school, San Jose State University, in Northern California, east of the tech hub of Silicon Valley, where student protests erupted this week after the accusations came to light.

A fourth student was suspended Friday in connection with the incidents.

“I applaud the campus for its ongoing efforts to begin the healing process that is necessary,” SJSU Chancellor Timothy White said in a statement Friday. “(University) President Qayoumi has already reached out to African-American leaders in the Bay Area for their counsel and assistance.

Logan Beaschler and Collin Warren, both 18, and 19-year-old Joseph Bomgardner, have been charged with misdemeanor hate crime and battery, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Erin West said.

The three men, who lived with the 17-year-old victim in a four-bedroom dormitory suite they shared with four other students, allegedly began harassing their black roommate starting at the beginning of the school year in August.  

At first, the suspects nicknamed the victim "Three-fifths” and “Fraction,” referring to the way the U.S. government once counted a slave as three-fifths of a free person, police said.

According to a police report, they outfitted their suite with a Confederate flag, barricaded the victim in his room, and placed a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck and claiming they lost the key.

The victim hasn’t been named at his parents’ request.

Beaschler has surrendered to authorities and Warren and Bomgardner were expected to do so this week, West said. Each could face a year in jail if convicted at trial.

“When I look at all of this together, there’s really no other conclusion but that it was motivated by hate,” she said. “Its hard to imagine in 2013 that a young black man could go to college and be subjected to this kind of torment.”

West said the alleged victim’s parents became aware of the situation when they dropped him off at school after a weekend at home and saw the Confederate flag, along with a racial slur written on a white board.

The parents called San Jose State housing administrators, who contacted university police.

“I think the truth of it is, he was scared,” West said of the alleged victim. “He was scared for his physical safety. He would lock his door at night and every time he came back into that suite he didn’t know what (to expect).”

She said that, in interviews with police, the three men had described the incidents as pranks.

“Let me be clear: I am outraged and saddened by these allegations. They are utterly inconsistent with our long cherished history of tolerance, respect for diversity and personal civility,” University President Mohammad Qayoumi said in a statement issued on Thursday as students held a protest march and rally on campus grounds.

Qayoumi also announced that after meeting Friday morning with the Rev. Jethroe Moore, president of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chapter of the NAACP, he is taking a number of steps in response to the allegations, including: hosting a campus forum in December to discuss racial intolerance at SJSU; offering a lecture series next spring on diversity and tolerance; and a review of the university’s practices related to students’ well-being.

Qayoumi and Moore will hold a press conference on the campus at noon Monday to discuss the pending criminal charges.

“We are deeply disturbed by the horrific behaviors that have taken place against our son,” the family of the alleged victim, who is now 18, wrote in a statement released to the San Jose Mercury News. “Our immediate focus is his protection.”



A beautiful short film put together from the Shrunkenheadman Animation/Illustration group at my alma mater, San Jose State University. Props to these kids and the future generations that spooge forth from the art program… 

Stevie Nicks at home near Malibu, circa 1980

Julie (a staff writer), a staff photographer, and I headed down from San Jose State to see Stevie Nicks at her home along the beach for an interview that would appear in The Spartan Daily, SJSU’s daily newspaper. Nicks had attended the university, and Julie’s assignment was to interview someone famous who’d gone there. We were huge fans of Nicks already, and she graciously answered Julie’s letter and agreed to see us one morning. She played an early version of her song Gypsy on a tape deck before she sat down for the interview and asked us how we liked it. Wow! I listened and watched mostly while Julie asked the questions and the photographer snapped photos, though I took a few shots of Nicks with an old Pentax 35 mm camera. I pulled an envelope out of the garage the other day, looked at this 8 X 10 inside and thought, Nicks is so beautiful, and remembered when a famous rock star agreed to see three kids from San Jose State one morning a long time ago.
Petition for Fair Representation of the SJSU Animation/Illustration Department

Okay, the Animation/Illustration program at San Jose State university has been unfairly treated by the College of Humanities and the Arts for years.  We have now been so frustrated by those controlling what we can and cannot do, and we demand that we are allowed to become our own department so WE can control our own resources.  A direct quote from the petition states:

It is important that the Animation/Illustration program become its own department because we are not being represented adequately enough within our College of Humanities and Arts. 
Without a chair, the Animation/Illustration program does not have adequate representation at meetings where issues important to students are decided (for example, at space allocation meetings). What current representation we do have is not adequately informed about the concerns of students in the Animation/Illustration program and therefore is not sufficiently prepared to make compelling cases for student needs. 
Without a chair, the Animation/Illustration does not have a vote in previously mentioned meetings. 
“Program Status” places an unnecessary burden on the RTVFT department and other university administrators to understand and represent Animation/Illustration concerns. As an independent department, Animation/Illustration could better self manage to the benefit of the entire university.

Let me illustrated some problems we have encountered for several years.

  • From the timeframe of 2008 to 2012, the number of other arts students has decreased over 60 percent.  In the same timeframe, the number of A/I students has increased over 200 percent.  We have jumped from roughly 130 students to over 500 within our major.
  • In relation to the above, we only have a small handful [between 5-8] to ourselves for classes, or we have to share with the rest of the arts, which have priority access.  The rest of the art department occupy both the first and 3rd floors of the buildings, plus over half of the second floor, where all our rooms are located.  In an effort to find space, some of our beginning A/I students have to move over 30+ pounds of heavy equipment in and out of rooms to accommodate fine arts students.
  • Again, with ratios, we have to distribute all our students within 40 or so sections of classes that we are allowed to have, while arts receive 80 sections to offer to their smaller enrollment.
  • There has been an enormous problem adding classes, which is affecting me at this very moment.  With so few sections and too many students, we have to add over class capacities so people can move through the program.  The professors understand and are generous to take a few extras, because they are fighting with us.  Starting this semester, we have been requested to fill out a petition for an add code.  There have been numerous problems with this.  Those working in the office of College of Humanities and the Arts do not seem to understand our classes, or outright ignore requirements at the expense of rejecting students even with proof in a transcript.  Or even worse, they have ignored requests and just never respond.
  • Recently, we have a new dean of the college, and she has insisted on not listening to any of our complaints.  When one of our program heads tried to call a meeting to discuss issues, she replied “I have already spent enough time on Animation/Illustration”.
  • Also, with only being a program, our department heads DO NOT get to attend meetings where our problems are heard.  Instead, we have to go through another person representing us in Radio-Television-Film who, while they make an effort, do NOT understand firsthand our needs.  

Even if you are not attending SJSU, or not even a student, I hope you have read the reasons stated and sign the petition.  Every signature helps our cause to look forward to a better future for our students and faculty.

In closing, all we ask is that we are treated fairly and allowed enough resources to be given to us so that we can successfully enjoy the education that we have paid thousands of dollars for.  All we ask is for a voice.  


San Jose State College Expels Three Students Who Racially Harassed Black Freshman

San Jose State College Expels Three Students Who Racially Harassed Black Freshman

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SAN JOSE — San Jose State has expelled three of the students charged with the racially-tinged bullying of a freshman and extended one other student’s suspension, requiring him to go to counseling and to remain on probation for the rest of his college career if he returns to school.

All four had been suspended pending final disciplinary action for allegedly subjecting then-17-year-old Donald…

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Opossum peptide anti-venom could take on snake bites

An antidote based on a protein found in the blood of opossums could offer an effective low-cost treatment for snake bites, Researchers in the US have found.

Venomous snake bites are a serious global problem, especially in developing countries. Recent estimates suggest that about 421,000 incidents occur each year worldwide, of which 20,000 result in death. However, the World Health Organisation notes that these figures may be as high as 1.8 million incidents and 94,000 deaths.

But treatments are costly and inaccessible for many people. Most antivenoms are made by injecting dilute venom into a mammal, such as a horse or rabbit. This results in an immune response, and the animal’s serum is then processed so that it can be injected into snakebite victims to scavenge the toxic molecules out of their blood. Such treatments typically cost $100-150 (£60-100) per dose, a prohibitive price for many people in developing countries.

But a team led by Claire Komives from San Jose State University has identified a protein from the blood of opossums – animals known for their ability to survive snake bites – that can be produced in large quantities by engineered bacteria, and shows promise as an antivenom.

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NAACP wants felony charges in hate crime case

Four white students at San Jose State University are currently facing misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges for allegedly harassing their black roommate.

Civil rights activists are calling on prosecutors to file felony hate-crime charges against the students.

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photo credit: Associated Press: San Jose State University students gather around the 1968 Olympic statue while protesting a reported racial hazing of an African-American freshman last month on Nov. 21 in San Jose, Calif.




San Jose, CA, March 29, 2012 – The Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization of San Jose State University has announced the dates, times, and one of the beneficiaries for its 24th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN).

PCN 2012’s story follows Rizae Morong (played by sophomore Aaron Asilo), an Americanized fourth generation Pilipino, whose newfound passion for the Philippine culture becomes challenged when he finds that the Philippines is becoming Americanized itself due to the monitoring of the Secret Pilipino to American Modifiers (S.P.A.M.).

The production’s title is S.P.A.M., named after the group monitoring the Philippines, making sure that the country conforms to its new non-Pilipino values.

In addition to the theatrical presentation, PCN 2012 will feature a wide variety of performing arts with emphasis on displaying the Philippine culture.  There will be a choir singing songs in English and Tagalog, a live rondalla and student music ensemble, a set of modern dances, as well as a live musical band to play the background music throughout the progress of the show.

Being tied in with these entirely student-run performance aspects are the dances of the Philippine islands taught by Akbayan members that have more than 20 years of combined experience with other PCN productions and cultural dance groups.

“Through these Filipino folk dances that we’ll be teaching, we hope that people will walk away with inspiration to learn more about themselves,” said Jeffrey Monje, one of the PCN Coordinators and the show’s Head Cultural Dance Director. “Filipino folk dance is important because it’s our history.”

Akbayan’s 24th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night will have its opening night on Friday, April 27 and will conclude its last show on Saturday, April 28 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza , located on Santa Clara and King Road.

Tickets are $12 for students with valid school identification, $15 general admission, and $18 at the door.  “Preferred Seating” is also available for $20 and are first come, first served. Guests may also buy tickets online at See the attached flyer for additional information.

RSVP on Facebook!

ProjectPEARLS, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and others in need in the Philippines will have a booth in the venue’s main lobby. Additional booths are available and those interested in vending are encouraged to contact Hide Reyes, the organization’s treasurer.

About Pilipino Cultural Night
For over twenty years, Pilipino Cultural Night, or PCN, has been Akbayan’s biggest event of the spring semester.  The event is a student-run theatrical presentation that centralizes an important theme in Pilipino-American society.  Tied together by a theatrical play, music, dance, and other folk arts, members participating in the production earn on-stage performing experience while also broadening their knowledge of the Pilipino culture.

About Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization
Akbayan, meaning “Embracing in Friendship,” is San Jose State’s premier Pilipino-American organization and is the reigning “ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR” as determined by SJSU Student Involvement. Originally a social outlet founded in 1976, Akbayan has since adopted the aspects of cultural awareness and community activism to become one of the most active organizations on the San Jose State campus with highly regarded events such as its annual Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN), Raising Awareness Amongst Pilipinos (RAAPConference, and its increasingly competitive social presence in FRIENDSHIP GAMES, hosted every year by Cal-State Fullerton.  For more information on the Akbayan Pilipino American Organization of San Jose State University, visit the website at

About ProjectPEARLS
Education. Aspiration. Respect. Love. Smile. ProjectPEARLS is a small organization of families and friends who want to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children in the Philippines without politics, religion, race, national origin, economic status, sex, color, or age.  For more information on ProjectPEARLS, visit the organization’s website at



Francesca Mateo, Jeffrey Monje
PCN 2012 Executive Directors

Sharoleen Amigable
Akbayan President

Kevin Candido, Joshua Cruz
Public Relations Officers

Hide Nakaishi Reyes
Akbayan Treasurer

Here is a semester project in the 2012 Mechatronic control systems engineering module at San Jose State University. This is a Proportional-Integral-Derivative controlled (PID), 6 degree of freedom (6-DOF) Stewart platform, which basically means it has six axes on the top plate. This prototype uses 6 radio controlled servo motors instead of the traditional use of hydraulic jacks or electronic actuators. (this video has sound)


A PID controller continuously calculates an error value as the difference between a measured process variable and a desired setpoint. The controller attempts to minimize the error over time by adjustment of a control variable, such as the position of a set of servo motors or actuators,  to a new value, given by a weighted sum:

where Kp ,Ki , and Kd, all non-negative, denote the coefficients for the proportional, integral, and derivative terms, respectively (sometimes denoted P, I, and D).

  • P accounts for present values of the error , and is determined by the direction and magnitude the correction needs to be applied (e.g. if the error is large and positive, the control variable will be large and negative),
  • I accounts for past values of the error (e.g. if the output is not sufficient to reduce the size of the error, the control variable will accumulate over time, causing the controller to apply a stronger action through P), and
  • D accounts for possible future values of the error, based on its current rate of change. This part determines when and at what rate it needs to reduce the magnitude of its action, e.g as the ball fast approaches the desired set point at the centre of the plate.