San Jose Peace & Justice Center

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.

Read more...  

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)

Speakers: Read more...  

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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Film Screening: Atomic Mom

momSaturday July 23 at 7pm the first event in our "No Nukes Summer" series:

Atomic Mom, a documentary by M.T. Silva

Film showing at SJPJC, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose -- Suggested donation: $10 - $20

Film maker will be present for introduction & Q&A!

Atomic Mom weaves an intimate portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship within an obscure - but important - moment in American history. It also provides a global perspective on our collective Atomic legacy. Through revealing interviews with Japanese survivors, doctors, and historians, Atomic Mom reveals the truth regarding the post-war press code in Japan and the censorship of images and information related to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 


Meet Brian Willson on Tuesday

biranBlood on the Tracks is the autobiography of Brian Willson. His story begins in small-town, rural America, where he grew up as a "Commie-hating, baseball-loving Baptist," moves through life-changing experiences in Viet Nam, Nicaragua and elsewhere, and culminates with his commitment to a localized, sustainable lifestyle.

Brian will speak and sell copies of his book at the Peace & Justice Center on Tuesday, July 19 at 7pm. In an interview in Friday's San Francisco Chronicle, Brian said, "The lifestyle we've had for the past century, based on fossil fuels that are disappearing and polluting our planet and causing wars, is unhealthy and killing the earth. There's only one ultimate solution - radical downsizing of our lives."


Peace & Rhythm Show Now Available

tonyThe latest video production from the 48South7th team presents the Peace & Rhythm musical gathering held on April 30 at Mission Coffee Roasting in Santa Clara. Trumpeter Tony Perez gathered friends from South Bay Folks to play some of his new songs -- and their own. Alesandra Valenzuela leads with "Bird on a Wire" and the dynamic "Planetary Escape." Lori Ludy follows with "Feel the Beat." Tony's "Kookaloo" and "Kookaloo Baby" bring together Lalo Reyes on drums, Mari Aranoff, Robert Raym, David Becker, Benda Paddon and Harry Yeager on instrumentals and vocals. For background and a calendar of upcoming events, see South Bay Folks.
The video is available on CreaTV Channel 15 Tuesdays at 5:30 pm through July (starting Aug. 16, the show will air at 8 pm Tuesday) and on YouTube.



Join us for No Nukes Summer 2011

no nukesNo Nukes Summer is the theme for a series of events sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center and our allies to help build the movement to end nuclear weapons and to shut down nuclear power. The  events include film screenings, a panel of speakers in Japantown and a carpool caravan to join the annual anti-nuke protest at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

To participate in a drawing for two tickets to the Aug. 7 No Nukes concert at Shoreline, featuring Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and other artists, send an email with your complete mailing address and phone number to NoNukes at

The No Nukes Summer events include:

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A Night of Music for the Resistance Movement in Honduras

zenaida & Pavel

June 12, 2011 at Mission City Coffee Roasting Co. in Santa Clara ... Zenaida Velasquez introduces Pavel Nunez of the band Cafe Guancasco, a favorite of the anti-coup resistance movement in Honduras. The concert raised money to help the band, which had been attacked by police forces during an anti-coup rally last year.

Other musicians participating in the evening, -- 

  • Tony Perez (trumpet) -- will be playing on June 24 with a group called Purple Hat at Amilia's Bistro, 3590 El Camino, Santa Clara
  • Rich Osborn (guitar) --often performs at the South Bay Folks open mic on Thursdays at Mission City Coffee Roasting Company on the Alameda in Santa Clara
  • Randy Mahrer (piano) -- his web site is here
Read an account of the evening on our blog.  

May Day 2011 in San Jose

Over 2,000 people -- youth, immigrants, and labor activists -- took to the streets of San Jose to mark May Day, International Workers Day. (Video showing a speech given by a Hyatt Hotel worker, courtesy of Becky, a Peace & Justice Center volunteer.)

For Mercury News coverage of the march and rally click here.


Honduran Activist Describes Post-Coup Crackdown

gerardoWednesday, April 20, San Jose,...Gerardo Torres, an independent journalist and a leading member of the National Front of Popular Resistance in Honduras, spoke at the Peace & Justice Center and described the increasing crackdown against the popular movement in Honduras and the extent of the organized non-violent resistance against the coup regime.

The Real News has a number of informative reports on the situation in Honduras, incluing the following:


Supporters of Hyatt Workers Hold Holy Week Service on Hotel Lawn

Thursday, April 21, Santa Clara, CA....About 50 supporters of the UniteHere Local 19 boycott of the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara gathered on the hotel lawn today for an interfaith Holy Week service. In this video, supporters yell "No" as Nenita, a hotel housekeeper, describes what makes her sad and "Yes" to the things that make her happy.

Local 19's Calvin Miaw at Union Rally, April 4 2011

Calvin Miaw from UNITE HERE Local 19 speaks at union solidarity rally on April 4, 2011 in San Jose. For more videos of the rally, see the NowSpeakOut youtube channel.

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