San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Carlos Montes Fundraiser

The South Bay Committee Against Political Repression (SBCAPR) is hosting a silent art auction featuring Bay Area artists to raise money for the legal and organizing defense of Carlos Montes.

Saturday, May 12, 1 to 4 pm
Pomegranate Cafe, 221 East San Fernando Street, San José

There will also be music including hip hop artists and food available for sale by the Pomegranate Cafe. Donation $5 to $20 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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May Day 2012

may day"A Day Without the 99%" is the theme of May Day 2012 with a rally at King & Story followed my a march to City Hall:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 -- rally starts 3pm at King & Story; march to City Hall starts 4pm

The coalition organizing the rally and march includes the Affordable Housing Network, All-African Revolutionary People's Party, Anakbayan SV, Asian Law Alliance, Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet, CHAM, Californians for Justice, Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy, Fifth Element, Human Agenda, Laborers Local 270, Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County, MAIZ, PAWIS, People for Education, San Jose Peace & Justice Center, SEIU 521, SEIU USWW, SJSU MEChA, SJ/SV NAACP, South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, South Bay Unity Group, Student Advocates for Higher Education, SV De-bug, UFCW 5, Unite Here Local 19, Voluntarios de la Comunidad


Film: Bahrain, Shouting in the Dark

bahrainA remarkable documentary about the Arab revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West, and forgotten by the world-- Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark will be shown at the Peace & Justice Center:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 7pm
Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

 With extraordinary footage shot entirely undercover by Al Jazeera English's May Ying Welsh, the one-hour documentary was awarded the George Polk Award for TV documentary, the Scripps Howard award for in-depth TV reporting, and the 2011 U.K. Foreign Press Association's Documentary of the Year Award. Sponsored by San Jose Code Pink. Requested donation: $10.


Are Americans in Line for Gitmo?

rayFormer CIA analyst Ray McGovern will address the question "Are Americans in line for Gitmo?"  during a talk at the Peace & Justice Center:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7pm
SJPJC, 48 S. 7th St.
Requested donation: $10 - $20

Though the 9/11 attacks occurred more than a decade ago, Congress continues to exploit them to pass evermore harsh laws on "terrorism," with the Senate now empowering the military to arrest people on U.S. soil and hold them without trial, a serious threat to American liberties.  Ray McGovern describes how ambiguous but alarming new wording, which is tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and was just passed by the Senate, is reminiscent of the "extraordinary measures" introduced by the Nazis after they took power in 1933.

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US-Israeli Assault on Iran

iranAn upcoming event at the Peace & Justice Center will highlight the growing danger of war:

 Dr. Stephen Zunes & Larry Everest Speak on U.S.-Israeli Assault on Iran

Thursday, April 5 2012 at 7pm-- SJPJC, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

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End the kllings, end the war!

afghanIn response to the recent massacre of Afghan civilians and the ongoing horrors of the 10-year war and occupation of their country, Afghans in the Bay Area are organizing a protest at the Army Recruiting Center in Fremont:

Friday, March 30, 2012, 4 to 6pm

39194 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont

No more kllings, no more apologies! End US war and militarism! Let's show the the world that Afghans and Americans are united and that 10 years of senseless unnecessary war are enough!

Organized by Afghans for Peace, autonomous Afghans, and SF Bay Area Iraq Veterans Against the War


Occupy Lockheed Martin

On Good Friday, the Pacific Life Community is planning to have a significant "Occupy Lockheed Martin" nonviolent witness for peace and an end to nuclear weapons:

Friday, April 6 2012, gather at 10am at Bay Trail (Caribbean Dr. and Borregas Ave.) for readings, music and march to Lockheed Martin gates (Mathilda and Java) for vigil at 11 am.

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SAHE to receive Peace & Justice Award

SAHEStudent Advocates for Higher Education will receive the Gertrude Welch Peace & Justice Award in a program at San Jose State University:

Monday, March 12 2012 from 4:00 to 5:30pm in the Engineering Building Auditorium followed by a 6pm reception at the Peace & Justice Center

Featured speakers are Congressional representatives Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda.

SAHE members, including many undocumented students, courageously advocated in public for the DREAM act, for sustained state funding for higher education and humane immigration reform.

DIRECTIONS TO ENGINEERING BUILDING (See campus map):  Using the 7th & San Fernando entrance to campus (El Paseo de Cesar Chavez), the Engineering Building is the first building on your left as you enter campus.


Protest the ICBM Test Launch!

vandenbergOn Friday evening, February 24, anti-nuke protesters will head south to Lompoc, CA on the Green Tortoise Bus to join a midnight rally outside the gates of Vandenberg Air Force Base. That night the Air Force will launch a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from Vandenberg, targetting an atoll in the Marshall Islands. The launch is part of the US nuclear weapons program and will test the capability of the ICBM to deliver a hydrogen bomb.

The Green Tortoise will head south from Oakland on Friday evening (February 24), stopping in San Jose at the Diridon Caltrain Station at 6:30 pm and will return from Lompoc by 6am on Saturday morning. A limited number of seats are available on the bus and the requested donation is $40 but no one will be refused a seat. To reserve a seat, contact MacGregor Eddy: macgregoreddy at You must reserve a seat; no last-minute joiners!

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Meet Carlos Montes

carlosCarlos Montes is a former Brown Beret and long-time anti-war and equal rights activist in Los Angeles, being targeted for his political activities by the FBI. In May of 2011, Montes' house was raided by armed FBI agents, who literally broke down his door, ransacked his house, nd confiscated his computer and other private possessions. Montes was arrested and falsely charged with violating firearms regulations, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Learn more at a reception and program featuring Carlos Montes:

Sunday, February 19, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
at the San Jose Peace Center, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

 $5 - $10 Donation requested to go to Carlos' defense (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). Light Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the South Bay Committee Against Political Repression (SBCAPR), the San José Peace and Justice Center, and MAÍZ.


Update -- Label GMOs

gmpsEighty percent of packaged food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The right to know what's in the food we're eating is the basis for a campaign to put a measure on the California ballot in November that would require labeling of foods with GMOs.

Petitions are available at the Peace & Justice Center. Volunteers are needed to help gather signatures!


March and Rally for IWD

iwdThe Third Annual International Womyn's Day celebration will take begin with a march:

Saturday, March 3 at San Jose City Hall

Gather at 11:30 to march at noon to Washington Youth Center at South First and Oak Streets (behind Biblioteca Latinoamericana) for a rally and resource fair, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The resource fair will feature performers, speakers, and a children's fair with face painting and arts and crafts activities.


Book Talk this Sunday: Scapegoat

scapegoatThe author of "SCAPEGOAT: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper" will speak at the Peace & Justice Center this Sunday about the case of Kevin Cooper who is currently on San Quentin's Death Row:

Sunday, February 12, 2:00 pm at SJPJC, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

Kevin Cooper was convicted of the brutal murders of a Chino Hills, California family and a young houseguest in 1985 and has been on death row at San Quentin since then. SCAPEGOAT shows how the sheriff's office and the district attorney's office of San Bernardino County framed Cooper for these horrific murders and how the justice system has failed him at almost every turn in his long, drawn-out appeal process.


Corporations are not People!

mtaJanuary 20th is the 2nd aniversary of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision, which defined money as speech, and gave corporations the right to spend unlimited money on poitical campaigns.

Protest this decision and help kick off the campaign to take back our democracy:

Friday, Jan. 20, 2011 at 12 noon

St. James Park across from the Old Courthouse, 161 N. First St., San Jose

1pm March to the District Court and Occupy San Jose for a General Assembly

The event is sponsored by Santa Clara County Move to Amend, a non-partisan democratic movement to protect our constitutional and human rights and take individual responsibility for ourselves and our country.


29th Annual Holiday Peace Fair

The 29th Annual Holiday Peace Fair will be held on

Saturday, December 3, 10am to 4pm
Willow Glen Methodist Church, 1420 Newport Ave.

The Fair will feature non-violent toys, books and games, international handcrafts, Fair Trade coffee and cocoa, and political T-shirts and buttons. Vendors are South Bay peace and justice groups. Homebaked desserts and inexpensive lunch are available


Rally at Hyatt on Friday

Join Unite Here Local 19 and community supporters at a picket line in front of the Hyatt hotel in Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway on Friday, November 18 from 9am to 11am. The purpose of the rally is to protest the unjust firing of several hotel workers.  

OSJ Initiates People's Classroom

Occupy San Jose has initiated The People's Classroom, described on the OSJ web site as an "education-centered working space that embodies in practice the ideals and social structure we would like to see come out of the Occupy San Jose and Occupy Wall Street Movement."  On Sunday, classes were held on The General Strike and Non-violent Communication.

Upcoming classes include on Wednesday (8:30 to 10 pm) The Mostly Unknown History of Non-violent Struggle, facilitated by Pat O'Connell, former director of the Peace & Justice Center. On Veteran's Day, Gil Villagran, lecturer in social work at SJSU, will conduct a teach-in.

Check the Occupy San Jose web site for more information about the People's Classroom and a list of upcoming classes.


Monthly Vigil at Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale is a touchstone for the evil that nuclear weapons represent. Please join the Pacific Life Community for its monthly vigil, held on the 4th Friday (each Friday during Advent and Lent) 12:00 noon at Lockheed-Martin's main gate, located at Mathilda and Java.This month: Friday, October 28.

Many worthwhile things can be done with $12 million: schooling, health care, food, and housing, to name only a few.  Living in a country and world with growing poverty and an increasing need for such spending, we should note that Lockheed Martin last year spent over $12 million lobbying our government for -- weapons contracts.  Its efforts apparently were quite successful:  net sales of 45.2 billion with a profit of 3.8 billion.  It is the world's largest military contractor and arms exporter.

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China Centenary: Revolution of 1911

dr sunThe granddaughter of Dr. Sun Yat-sen will be one of the speakers at a program on Wednesday co-sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center:

China Centenary:
The Revolution of 1911, Birth of Modern China
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7pm at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

Speakers:, Sun Suiying, granddaughter of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, first President of China, and David Ewing, o-chair of the U.S.-China People's Friendship Association (San Francisco Chapter). The program is free and open to the public.

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Open House -- All Invited!

movingOn Saturday September 24, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Collins House, the home of the San Jose Peace & Justice Center.
48 South 7th St. from 3 to 5pm
Free and open to the public!
We're going to re-dedicate the Peace Poles in the front yard and unveil the memorial tiles in the front room.

Our celebration is taking place on Moving Planet Day and is part of the worldwide movement to stop climate disruption because we know that the planet needs peace, not war. The U.S. military is the single largest consumer of oil and the world's largest polluter.

We'll have a sale of books and DVDs (moving minds!), refreshments, music, and fun. We ask that you come to the celebration by bus, bike, foot, carpool...anything but single-occupancy vehicle! Parking will not be available behind the house.


Project Censored: Book Talk and Signing

censoredPeter Phillips of Project Censored will be giving a talk entitled "Managed News: Propaganda Inside the US/NATO Military Industrial Media Empire".

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2pm

Mission City Coffee Roasting Company

2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara

Peter Phillips is a Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University and former Director of Project Censored. He has written many articles for independent media nationwide and has also written two books, "Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush & Cheney" (2006) and "Project Censored Guide to Independent Media and Activism" (2003).

Copies of "Censored 2012: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2010-11" will be available for sale and to be signed by Peter Phillips himself. 



No Nukes Panel

nonukesWrapping up our No Nukes Summer! series of events (but not our opposition to nuclear weapons and nuclear power), we hold a symposium on Thursday evening:

From Hiroshima to Fukishima to California

Thursday, August 11 from 7 to 9 pm at Joyce Ellington Library, 491 E. Empire St, San Jose

The event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by Code Pink (San Jose), Green Party of Santa Clara County, Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, our developing world, South Bay Mobilization, Veterans for Peace (Chapter 101), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (San Jose)

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Confronting the two-headed dragon

dragonConfronting the two-headed dragon of nuclear power and nuclear weapons is the theme for a pair of events in Livermore that mark the 66th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

  • On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6pm, gather at William Payne Park, Vasco Road and Patterson Pass Rd. for a rally. Speakers include noted scientist and author Dr. Arjun Makhijani, expert commentator on MSNBC in he days following the Fukushima disaster and author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free. There will also be a live video conversation with a nuclear bomb survivor in Japan.
  • On Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8am a ceremony and nonviolent direct action. Gather at the
    Livermore Lab West Gate on Vasco Rd., between Patterson Pass Rd. and East Ave.
For more info: (925) 443-7148 (510) 839-5877  

Don't Miss: "The Forgotten Bomb"

bombPart of our "No Nukes Summer" series, The Forgotten Bomb ("Question What You Think You Know") screens on Thursday, August 11, 7pm  at the Peace & Justice Center.

The Forgotten Bomb examines the political and legal implications of nuclear weapons, but also digs deeper, into the cultural and psychological reasons behind the arsenal's existence. Bud Ryan's quest takes us from the homes of hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) in Japan, to an abandoned Uranium mine in New Mexico, to an underground Titan missile silo in Arizona. From these places, and many others, Ryan puts together the pieces of a puzzle that explain why we have the bomb, and how we might finally do away with it.

Director Stuart Overbey will be present to introduce his film and answer questions.  Suggested Donation $10-20, no one turned away for lack of funds.


Win 2 Tickets to No Nukes Show

no nukesTo help promote our No Nukes Summer series of events, we are giving away two tickets to the August 7 concert at Shoreline featuring Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Morello and Jason Mraz of Rage Against the Machine.

To be entered in the drawing, send your name, full address and phone number to nonukes at

Forming shortly after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979,  the Musicians United for Safe Energy, or MUSE, was founded by Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt & John Hall. Between them they organized a series of No Nukes concerts held at Madison Square Garden and at the then-empty Battery Park City landfill site in New York.

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