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HOMELESSNESS PAGE 11 > Population drops to 10-year low

CLEAN SLATE PAGE 12 > Young people lose the tattoos

Students join push for racial, social equality amid national movements BY SEMIRA SHERIEF Mosaic Staff Writer

After the killings of nine African-Americans at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, a unified voice has emerged calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from public buildings in southern states. Not long after the tragedy, major retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Sears and Kmart have announced their decision to stop selling any merchandise depicting the flag. For Kemi Giwa, a recent graduate of American High School in Fremont, this is welcome news. “It’s a step towards justice,” Giwa said. “The flag is a symbol of racism, violence and torture. The more people support its removal, the more we will unite as a country.” Giwa has been trying to call attention to racial injustice since last summer, after African-Americans

Michael Brown and Eric Garner died at the hands of white policemen. Both incidents sparked public outrage when the policemen were not held accountable for their deaths. She believes that part of the problem with racial tensions in this country is what Americans aren’t willing to discuss, such as Kemi Giwa the concept of “white privilege,” the social advantages whites have over other racial groups. White privilege is not noticed by whites themselves GO TO PAGE 10

No more wait for Golden State

At a sold-out Oracle watch party, Elgan Williams screams with joy watching his Golden State Warriors win the NBA championship. (Hannah Chebeleu/Mosaic) STORY. page 6

Three years in, bag ban yields big litter impact

Chronic pain not visible, but not fictional

(Esteban Barajas/Mosaic)

BY BRADY N. DELGADILLO Mosaic Staff Writer

Tamara Chang recently walked into a downtown San Jose Safeway with her canvas bag in hand. At this juncture, the city’s ban on single-use bags has fully intertwined with Chang’s daily routine. “I don’t even remember what things were like before the ordinance,” Chang said. Since January 2012, the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance has restricted grocery stores and retailers from providing their customers with plastic bags. Instead, customers must bring their own bags, pay a 10-cent fee for paper bags, or simply carry their GO TO PAGE 8

Leanne Miron feeds grape leaves to goats at the Ohlone Elementary School farm in Palo Alto. (Rachel Lee/Mosaic)

By JOELLE DONG Mosaic Staff Writer

Melodic notes flow from Leanne Miron’s violin. A slight breeze blows through her chestnut hair. Leanne’s father, Scott, stands atop a ladder, gracefully picking gold-

en plums from a tree. The gentle buzz of honey bees underscores Leanne’s music. It’s a serenity that belies the Mirons’ hidden agony. Leanne, 16, has been in pain for the past five years, while Scott has been in pain for the past eight.

Scott has chronic migraines, an affliction shared by Leanne, who also has chronic tendinitis in her right arm and a sudden-onset bilateral snapping hip syndrome that causes her hips to spasm. The migraines rendered Scott, GO TO PAGE 8

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