More Than Fifty Years of Activism for Peace and Justice

The San Jose Peace Center was founded in 1957 by individuals profoundly concerned about peace and justice issues, especially the growth of nuclear arsenals and atmospheric nuclear testing.

More than fifty years later, the Peace and Justice Center, along with our affiliated organizations, continues to educate and engage the South Bay community around critical issues of peace and justice, with a current focus on ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We provide:

  • Space and resources for individuals and organizations to meet, mobilize and organize.
  • Publicity mechanisms such as a weekly calendar of progressive events in the South Bay, a quarterly newsletter, and a website.
  • Public forums for education and creative action, including teach-ins, film showings, book discussion groups, and mass demonstrations.

Principles of Unity

1. We strive to promote cooperation and united action between organizations working for progressive social change. Recognizing differences in political strategies and priorities between affiliated groups, SJPJC provides an arena for building unity within diversity.

2. We seek to contribute toward building a just and sustainable society in which the gross and obscene concentration of corporate power and personal wealth is overcome by the achievement of basic economic rights for all: secure jobs at living wages; decent, affordable housing and public transit; adequate food and clothing; universal health care; quality education; a safe, clean environment; sustainable food production; and protection from economic insecurity caused by disability, old age, sickness, accident or unemployment. We  support workers' rights to organize, to collective bargaining, to strike without the threat of reprisals or replacement, to safe and healthy working conditions, and to a living wage, a pension and benefits.

3. We are committed to the principle of human equality and struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. We support full rights for immigrants and opposes the scapegoating and repression directed against immigrants, particularly immigrants of color.

4. We support struggles against militarism and the culture of violence that permeates our society. We oppose military intervention and interference abroad, economic coercion, colonialism and neo-colonialism, and political interference in the sovereign affairs of other nations, including the indigenous Native nations within our own borders.

5. We encourage creative models of community organizing and action and promotes shared leadership and decision-making. We promote the sharing of resources including knowledge, skills and equipment. We are democratic, inclusive and respectful in our dealings with one another, making room for constructive criticism and honest disagreement. We recognize that a prerequisite for participation in the decision-making process is the contribution of an individual's labor to the group.

Legacy Giving

Please consider a bequest to SJPJC as part of your estate plan. There's no minimum amount required. In fact, you can specify any dollar amount, leave a percentage of your estate, or designate what remains after your estate has been settled. Here's some sample language:

I give Collins Foundation / San Jose Peace & Justice Center, a California non-profit corporation (Tax ID 77-008356), $_______ or _____% of my estate or ____% of the residue of my estate.

I intend this gift to be used for an endowment that will support the Peace & Justice Center in perpetuity OR I intend this gift to be used at the Board of Directors' discretion