On Friday September 21 from 5 to 8:30 pm, we will celebrate International Day of Peace and the 61st anniversary of the Peace & Justice Center. Join us for a community meal and be here for the launch of our new web site. Please donate to support our cause. Please RSVP via Brown Paper Tickets or our Aplos page and let us know your meal choice(s).
Want to help out? Send an email to coordinator (at) sanjosepeace (dot) org.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) received word 8/9/18 about the status of this state Assembly resolution, which supports the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that WILPF supports through it's petition efforts, urging the US to sign and renounce nuclear weapons.
California residents can help by sending a letter (although the timing is close on this), email or calling the Public Safety Committee Members and your State Assembly member. The hearing for this important resolution is scheduled for August 14, so unless there's a change in the schedule, this issue is urgent. If you're not a CA resident, your statement of support will clue in CA Assembly members to the widespread support for such resolutions.
Here's brief information about the resolution:
It calls on our federal leaders to:
Here's a link to the text of the resolution:
Find your CA assembly person by going to this website and then click on the link: Find your legislator by your address. Jot down their email and phone # (there may not be time to send a letter through the post office, but their address is given).Read more...
Sharat G. Lin, in addressing the International Anti-war Anti-nuke Rally at the East Ward Cultural Center in Hiroshima held on August 5, 2018, offered a resolute apology for the U.S. government's dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. He called it a "monstrous war crime" that must never be allowed to happen again. He called for universal nuclear disarmament that must focus first on the U.S.A. and Russia, which have by far the largest nuclear weapons arsenals, rather than focusing exclusively on North Korea and Iran, of which neither have started any wars in the last century.
On the 73rd anniversary of the infamous U.S. dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, there were many memorials, rallies, and marches taking place in Hiroshima, both official and those organized by grassroots peace and justice activists.
The full text of his speech follows:Read more...
On Tuesday July 24th, members from several organizations including California Prison Focus, SV De-BUG, and IWOC (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW) met to discuss follow-up events to last years Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March. Events this year will run in conjunction with a national prison strike running from August 21st - September 9th. Events will focus on raising awareness of the strike as well as providing people with the information and tools they need to try and help support those striking on the inside. Currently being planned is an awareness march, teach-in, activist workshop, movie night, and a solidarity gathering. All of these events will feature formerly incarcerated individuals and attempt to uplift and amplify the voices and demands of those organizing the strike. For more information about the strike, visit: http://prisonstrike.com/ -- related events in San Jose will be posted to the calendar as they develop.
On June 11, I started my internship at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. To say the least, I was apprehensive; living in the privileged bubble of Almaden Valley, I felt like I would not have enough experience to contribute to this amazing center. I am grateful to report that nearly a month after starting, I have already felt like I have been able to make huge contributions to the center. Whether it be from updating our weekly newsletter to inform you about our events or assisting with the community dinner, it has been so gratifying to work with a team so passionate about social justice and improving our South Bay community.Read more...
Dear San Jose Peace & Justice Center Community,
In an effort to make our weekly event email process more accessible, we have now included a poll section on the right allowing you to vote on which day you would prefer to receive the email. This weekly event email contains information about the events held at and around the SJPJC as well as information about long-term vigils, protests and exhibitions. Almost all public events on our calendar are included in our weekly email. To sign up to receive our weekly email calendar see the box on the right.
If you would like to post a poll question, please email our newest intern, Prerna at sjpjcprerna [at] gmail [dot] com.
A report published last year in The Intercept revealed that Palo Alto-based Palantir, the $20 billion data-mining firm founded by Trump pal Peter Thiel, "provides the engine for Trump's deportation machine". A software program known as Investigative Case Management (I.C.M.), developed by Palantir Technologies for the Department of Homeland Security, will now also be used to facilitate and expedite the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.).Read more...
A federal judge has ruled the Trump administration may not arbitrarily detain people seeking asylum. The judge ruled asylum seekers who have passed a credible fear interview should be given humanitarian parole, not indefinite detention. The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights First and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.
However, the Department of Health and Human Services is refusing to disclose how many migrant children separated from their parents at the border they are still holding. Last week, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said 2,047 separated minors were still in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. But the department has refused to give updated numbers even though the Trump administration is facing a July 10 court-imposed deadline to reunite all separated children under the age of 5 with their parents.
Keep informed and donate if you can:
Groups can now book the space for free by default, instead of paying upfront fees.
Of course, we hope that groups able to contribute will continue, and ask that groups that cannot make a group donation pass the hat at their meeting(s).
We're removing barriers to access so that we can become an even better community resource for San Jose.
In order to book the Peace and Justice Center for a community event:Read more...
We have a new volunteer application and it's easy enough to do online!!
For our 60 years of activity, we have remained mostly a volunteer-run organization. We need more volunteers to help us at the Center. From office skills to tabling outreach, writing to graphic design, your time is a valued addition to what we do. We need local people who can volunteer in the office and at events.
Fill out your application and let us know what position(s) you are interested in. We look forward to having you as part of our team!!
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