January 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
On 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.
Peter 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.
Wrapping 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)
Confronting 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: www.trivalleycares.org (925) 443-7148 www.wslfweb.org (510) 839-5877
Part 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.
To 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 sanjosepeace.org
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.
Saturday 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.
Blood 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."
The 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.
No 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 sanjosepeace.org.
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
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.
Wednesday, 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:
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.
Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30pm- In celebration of World Water Day, we will be hosting a film screening of "Tapped" (2009) with free dinner, refreshments and prizes provided. The dinner and a movie will be accompanied by discussion and presentation as well as a raffle! Bring your friends.
Tapped (2009) is a documentary film which examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. It focuses on injustices due to lack of regulation within the industry: the bottled water industry extracts large amounts of water from public, municipal sources, causing severe droughts, disease and economic hardships in American communities.
On Saturday, March 5, 2011, women of color and their allies will gather at Roosevelt Park and lead an historic march to San Jose City Hall.
Saturday, March 5 march at 11 am from Roosevelt Park, 19th & E. Santa Clara St.
Post-march rally at City Hall, 5th & Santa Clara
The march will be marked with banners, signs and chants calling for peace, justice, marriage equality, safer streets, health care, education, jobs and pay equity, the environment and an end to all types of violent oppression at home and abroad.
Following the march will be a creative art session from 1:00 to 2 pm in front of City Hall. The program includes live music, dance, poetry, canvas murals, art making and cultural presentations. A banner will be available for the community to contribute and express what they envision for women in the South Bay. *** BRING YOUR DRUMS, MUSIC, POETRY, ART ****JOIN US IN SOLIDARITY AND LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!