San Jose Peace & Justice Center
fbiJoin the protest march & rally in San Jose: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 4 - 6pm at King Library, 4th & San Fernando
In December 2010, under the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the FBI delivered 9 new subpoenas in Chicago to anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists - bringing the total number of subpoenaed activists to 23. Patrick Fitzgerald's office is ordering the 9 to appear at a Grand Jury in Chicago on January 25.

In response, protests will be held across the country and around the world to show our solidarity. Hundreds of organizations and thousands of people will be protesting at Federal Buildings, FBI offices, and other appropriate places, showing solidarity with the 9 newly subpoenaed activists and with all the activists whose homes were raided by the FBI.

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solsticeThe Winter 2011 issue of Peace Times is available -- click the Read Our Newsletter button on the right.  In our year-end letter to members we noted:

"The rich are getting richer, all three branches of government are moving to the right, and all economic indicators are pointing downward.  We're all concerned about the direction our country is moving. But allow us to offer a ray of hope - several  goals that we have been able, with your help, to reach in the past year.

  • Launch of 48South7th - the video project, the TV show, the web site
  • Expansion into networking via social media (Facebook, Twitter, our blog)
  • Increased participation by interns from San Jose State and volunteers"
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End the Occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan

End the Occupation of Palestine

Support Hotel Workers and Other Labor Struggles

Stop Torture -- Stop Jeppesen!

Support Community Demands for Greater Police Accountability

We Need Single Payer, Universal Health Care


speak out against warDear supporter of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center,
Click here to read our 2009 year-end report.

To accomplish our goals, we need a guaranteed source of funding from our supporters. Our minimum monthly expenses are in the range of $2500.

Your tax-deductible donations are critical to our ongoing work for peace and social justice. Note that the Donate button takes you to the page for the Collins Foundation, our fiscal sponsor. This ensures that your donation is tax-deductible.

Click the Donate button below

 or write a check to:

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

and send it to 48 S. 7th St., Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95112 

Your support will allow us to dream big and make those dreams come true.

For a bigger-than-ever peace and justice movement in 2010,

Sharat Lin, president, SJPJC Coordinating Council
Joey Vaughan, coordinator
Joan Bazar, secretary
Charlotte Casey, treasurer

Billie and Saul Wachter are longtime peace and justice activists in the South Bay. They recently responded to our plea to donate part of all of your tax rebate to the Peace & Justice Center as a "stimulus for peace". They said "Go – Peace Center – stimulate the economy!" Anne and Phil Pflager (Annie and the Vets) are the next to send a check to boost the SJ Peace & Justice economy.
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A Visit to the Free Lula Vigil in Curitiba Brazil


by Charlotte Casey 

Brazil's former president Luis Inacio "Lula" da Silva is currently being held as a political prisoner in the headquarters of the Federal Police in Curitiba, Brazil.  

Just a few days after the Free Lula vigil in Curitiba, Brazil marked its one month anniversary, I visited the site to deliver a solidarity donation from U.S. Friends of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) and take part in the daily act of sending Good Day greetings to ex-president and current presidential candidate of the Workers Party,


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ADA H.R 620 Urgent Action

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?”

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Hands off Jerusalem!

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.


San Jose Candlelight Vigil for Charlottesville

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Sunday, August 13, 2017
7 to 9 PM
San Jose City Hall in Downtown San Jose 
 On Saturday, August 12, 2017, a rally of white nationalists and other alt-right wing groups was held with counter-protesters present. The rally was declared an unlawful assembly by local officials. About 2 hours later, a car rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 others. 1

Today, Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm, there is a candlelight vigil planned at San Jose City Hall hosted by Stand San Jose and Women's March San Jose. There are many groups who are cosponsoring this event. 

Please come to this event. More information can be found on Facebook (

"[Stand San Jose, Women's March San Jose and other groups] express our solidarity with the brave people who stood against fascists in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. We are shocked, saddened, and deeply troubled at the murder of one of the counter protesters and the injury of many others. We reject this violence, and the violent white supremacist ideology that fuels it. 

"Please join us at a peaceful vigil to show love and support, in unity, for those killed and injured in Charlottesville. Let's stand in solidarity with the residents and resistance of Charlottesville. We will meet at the plaza in front of San Jose City Hall from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Feel free to bring your own candles, tealights, flashlights, or messages of hope, peace, and love. Let's show the world what love and tolerance can do."




Save the Internet

netNet Neutrality keeps the internet free and open — enabling anyone to share and access information of their choosing without interference from companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. But the Trump administration wants to shut down the open internet.


The Federal Communications Commission passed historic rules protecting Net Neutrality in 2015, but Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, wants to destroy them. Despite Net Neutrality’s popularity across the political spectrum, Pai is conspiring right now with industry lobbyists to take away these crucial protections.

Net Neutrality is essential to education, economic opportunity, social movements and dissent. The Trump administration is about to find out the hard way what happens if you mess with the internet.


No to US War Planes Over Syria!

warplaneThe U.S. is risking a catastrophic military clash with Russia in Syria.

Click here to add your name to an important petition demanding that the US step back from the brink.

The world's two big nuclear-armed governments are risking direct warfare. The U.S. shot down a Syrian government jet, after which Russia threatened to shoot down U.S. planes over Syria. Then Australia suspended its air missions over Syria, and Russian and U.S. planes reportedly came within 5 feet of each other over the Baltic.

This is happening while the U.S. military has been given greater authority by President Trump to proceed as it sees fit.

Veterans For Peace is joining with RootsAction to say NO to U.S. War Planes Over Syria. Click here to help get the American military out of Syrian skies.


Betsy Wolf-Graves, Presente!

betsyWe are saddened to receive the news that Betsy Wolf-Graves passed away on June 6, 2017 after struggling for several years with a variety of ailments.  She was 89.

Betsy was a staunch supporter of progressive issues throughout her life and was a tireless champion of the rights of the marginalized.  She became dear to so many of us in the South Bay before she moved with her husband, Spencer Graves, to Kansas where they have family members to provide mutual support in their later years.  Betsy will remain forever in our hearts and minds.

Betsy was a key member of  the Silicon Valley De-Bug community. Read their beautiful remembrance of Betsy on their web site here.


May Day 2017

May Day  

"Fidel, the Untold Story" - Film night at the Center

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Friday, Decembe 16, 2016 - 7 to 9 pm

San Jose Peace and Justice Center

48 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA

Let's drink a toast to El Comandante, watch Estela Bravo's riveting documentary made in 2001, and take part in a discussion of the legacy of Fidel. 

With extraordinary footage and commentary, Bravo lets an untold story unfold. Juxtaposing the personal and the anecdotal with the historical, Fidel presents a new view of this powerful and compelling figure through the words of Alice Walker, Sydney Pollack, Ted Turner, Muhammad Ali, Harry Belafonte, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Comandante Juan Almeida and others.


Office Space Available for Non-Profits

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officeWe have an office on the second floor of the Collins House that is available to be rented by a non-profit.  Call our office - 408-297-2299 for more information.

Centrally located a half block from SJSU and one block from City Hall, Collins House is accessible by numerous bus routes and has off-street parking.


Job Opening: We're Hiring a Coordinator

The San Jose Peace & Justice Center seeks a coordinator to handle administration, program coordination, outreach and social media tasks. The position is 15 hours per week, paying $20 per hour.

Organization Background

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. Besides strongly opposing the numerous wars waged by the U.S. government, our current focus is on social justice issues such as economic and racial inequality, militarization of the police, government surveillance, climate change, and immigration reform.

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Use Our Space!

officeAvailable space in our office at 48 S. 7th St. One half block from SJSU, two blocks from City Hall. Great space for your meeting, film showing, or other event. Contact us for details & rental fees.


Saudi Summit 2016: End Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

"The Summit was so popular that a hundred people had to sit in an overflow section from where they could hear, but not see, the panel of speakers".

  by Sharat G . Lin

The first-ever summit conference on Saudi Arabia and its role in world affairs was hosted by Codepink at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, DC on March 5-6, 2016.  Speakers included Chris Hedges, VIjay Prashad, Phyllis Bennis, Medea Benjamin, Ali Al-Ahmed, Jamal Abdi, Sharat G. Lin, Matar Matar, and Mohammed Al-Nimr, the son of the Saudi Shi'a cleric, Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr, who was executed by the Saudi government for support for nonviolent protests in 2011 and calls for reform.  

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Job Announcement: We're Hiring a Coordinator

The San Jose Peace & Justice Center (SJPJC), a community-based  organization dedicated to educating and engaging the South Bay  community around critical issues of peace and justice, seeks an  energetic individual with a strong commitment to peace and social  justice to staff the Peace & Justice Center, coordinate the activities  of volunteer and partner organizations, and build the movement.

 This is a part-time position ($15 per hour, 20 hours/week).

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Help Us Make a Better World Possible!

A letter from the President of the Peace and Justice Coordinating Council, Michelle Cordova

 Dear Friends of the Peace & Justice Center,

 I want to thank all of you who are part of our family for your constant support, contributions, and trust over the past year. This organization makes me so proud of the thousands of hours that we put in as volunteers to achieve the dream of a more just world.

 Presidential candidates and other politicians this year have suggested careless policies that will harm people of our community without addressing the origin of the problems or promoting real solutions.

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Veterans for Peace Drone Quilt Project

  Exhibit Now at SJPJC

Initiated by Veterans for Peace, the Drones Quilt Project is a work of collective art designed to raise awareness and build opposition to the U.S. drone attacks that are killing thousands of people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and other countries. Each panel on a quilt was created by an individual in the U.S. who includes their name and the name of a civilian victim, thus memorializing the life of someone killed by the illegal and immoral U.S. drone program.


Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Free Workshop

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Monday, December 7 2015 @ 6:30-8:30pm 
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 405 S 10th Street, San Jose 

Come join us to learn more about Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Please bring your family, friends, and loved ones. If you qualify, we provide free assistance with completing DACA applications and renewals. We also offer free eligibility screening and guidance for collecting documentation.


Acompáñenos y aprenda más sobre a Acción Diferida para los legados en la Infancia (DACA por us siglas en inglés). Traiga a su amilia, amigos y seres queridos ara ver si califican. Se proveerá sistencia gratuita para llenar los omularios para aplicaciones nuevas de renovación. Ofrecemos ervicios gratuito para ver si es legible y guía en la recopilación de ocumentos.


People's Climate March Silicon Valley

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Visit the People's Climate Movement website for more info.


Stop the Medical Execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal!

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Release Mumia Now!

Challenge U.S. Racist Wars at Home and Abroad

Stop police brutality & murder & mass incarceration

End the death penalty, racist discrimination, & the prison industrial complex!!



Pam Africa - International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Ramona Africa - The MOVE Organization

Jeff Mackler - Dir. Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal & United National Antiwar Coalition

Alice Walker - Special message from afar


San Jose, Friday, October 16

12 Noon - 4 pm Montgomery Hall, Evergreen Valley College


Economic Justice Film Series: DIRT! The Movie

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Friday, October 23 2015 @ 07:00 PM - - 09:00PM
San Jose Peace and Justice Center
48 S. 7th St., San Jose, CA 95112 

DIRT! The Movie is an award-winning,insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book “Dirt! The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth”, Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. Dirt! The Movie will make you want to get dirty!

This event is sponsored by Economic Justice Film Series and Veterans for Peace 

$5-10 Suggested Donation | No one turned away for lack of funds


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