The house of representatives are planning to vote on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) will be voted on next week. It is vital that we all take a stance and stop this horrible bill from passing. This topic deserves more attention in America. We all own this collectively, so we all have a part in “How do we make this better?”Read more...
Long-time Honduran activist Edwin Robelo Espinal was arrested by police on January 19, on the eve of a week-long nationwide strike. Edwin faces a laundry list of trumped up charges: arson; property damage; and use of homemade explosive material. Edwin is also under State investigation for terrorism and criminal association related to damages to the Marriott Hotel, a multi-billion dollar US chain, during a January 12 protest in Tegucigalpa.
Edwin's arbitrary arrest occurred in the context of the election fraud endorsed by the US and Canada, and designed to keep current President Juan Orlando Hernandez in power.
Edwin is currently in pretrial detention. At the end of his initial hearing inside military facilities on January 22, the judge ordered pre-trial detention and sent Edwin to La Tolva, a high-security, U.S.-style prison. The prison has extremely restricted visitor access, is run by a military Coronel, and prisoners are only allowed one-hour of sunlight every two weeks amongst other horrific conditions. Although the case has been appealed by local Honduran human rights organization COFADEH, Edwin could remain in detention for two or more years waiting trial.
Contact the US, Canadian and Honduran representatives. See web site below for contacts and demands.
For more information about Edwin's case and to take action on Edwin's case.Read more...
Our new t-shirts are available at the Center in various sizes and styles. Unfortunately the shirts were manufactured in Honduras and other countries like Haiti and Bangladesh where sweatshops flourish and workers are subject to massive exploitation.
We have pledged to look for alternative sources for t-shirts in the future. We have also agreed to make a substantial donation to the Collective of Women of Honduras (COMUDEH), an organization that organizes the women workers in the sweatshops.
President Trump has pulled one of his most reckless moves yet. His declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and his plan to move the US embassy violates international law. It immediately resulted in an outbreak of violence.
Where are the voices of US officials? Only Senators Feinstein and Sanders and Representatives Pocan, Grijalva and Lee have spoken out against Trump’s actions. Rather than condemning it, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer took credit for the decision. This is unacceptable! Congress must join the international outcry by condemning Trump’s actions and telling him to halt plans to move the embassy.
Since Trump’s announcement, protests have been ongoing in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Israel has been responding with tear gas, rubber bullets, live ammunition and drone attacks. Congress must act now to try to stem the violence.
Following the November 26 elections in Honduras, hundred of thousands of people have flooded into the streets to protest what many are calling an electoral coup d’état against opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla. Protesters accuse the electoral commission of rigging the vote in favor of incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández, who is a close U.S. ally.
San Jose resident and Honduran human rights activist, Zenaida Velasquez, interviewed on Democracy Now, said that on the weekend over half a million people were in the streets facing very high levels of militarization with security forces using live ammunition, killing at least 3 people and wounding hundreds more.
The Peace & Justice Center along with close to 100 other U.S groups signed on to an open letter to the U.S. Congress and State Department calling for an end to US security aid to Honduras, including police and military aid, and support for Honduran security forces.
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.
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!!
In the March 29 2017 issue of the Metro newspaper, "Best of Silicon Valley", we were named:
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Join us for a dance class like no other! Here you will fully engage your body while learning to turn your awareness toward peace.
The Dance of Peace classes will elevate your heart rate, happiness, strength and overall sense of well being! No experience or special equipment is needed. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to enjoy yourself!
About the instructor: Khalilah Ramirez is a peace dancer, author and educator here in San Jose. She is versed in the art of creating peace through communication and dance.
Every Friday morning at 10am at the Peace & Justice Center.
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