Santa Clara County Back-to-School Resource Center Unveils New “We Deserve It” Mural

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – On its 10th anniversary, the Santa Clara County Reentry Resource Center (RRC) unveiled a new mural on Thursday.

“Having a mural like this is an important first impression of our center, it helps set the tone for our clients’ state of mind as they enter unfamiliar spaces like this,” Javier said. Aguirre, director of the Santa Clara County Re-entry Services office. .

“For reintegration clients it is difficult to come here, many do not have transport, they may have to walk for a long time, many are hungry, cold, barefoot, homeless, scared and desperate,” Aguirre added. .

“Having works of art like this sends the message that we are here to help, we are confident in their abilities and we will work together to meet their needs. “

The new mural is a gift from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) which was created by Briena Brown, graduate in sociology and studio art from SJSU, and artist Urna Bajracharya, student in Design Media Arts at UCLA.

“The process of creating this mural was to create something bright and beautiful, which was at the forefront of our minds when we designed it,” Bajracharya said.

“We want this to be a very positive experience for visitors, so that’s what we hope for the future of the mural, that it provides a space for positivity and growth.”

Brown and Bajracharya told KRON4 News the mural began over a year ago when they met at a protest against George Floyd.

The title of the new fresco is “We, the Deserving”.

“Personally, I’ve never experienced what it’s like to go through the prison system, but I think it’s important to realize that it’s not enough to be compassionate anymore, you can feel empathy. , but actually wanting to do something about it is something that can be done without experiencing it, ”Brown said.

“And I think I hope this attitude spreads throughout the county and is able to solve the fundamental problem of so many black and brown people in prison.”

The NAACP-funded artwork celebrates the Reentry Resource Center’s decade of helping some of the county’s most vulnerable residents reintegrate into their communities with the tools they need to achieve their goals.

The RRC opened in 2012 with the aim of providing resources to those formerly incarcerated and helping them to successfully reintegrate into the community.

Under one roof, a range of organizations and departments collaborate and work together to provide referrals for mental health and addiction treatment, public benefit registration, counseling, healthcare, education, write-off services, employment references, and accommodation and shelter information for DRR clients.

“Those of you who were with us 10 years ago will recall that the amount the county was going to allocate was unknown until the final budget and the start date of the realignment was also unknown,” said Miguel. Marquez, Chief Operating Officer of Santa Clara County.

“They gave us three whole months to prepare, it was a sprint, but since then we have hit our stride over the past 10 years and we are still running harder than ever.”

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