San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Economic Justice Film Series

"In Sickness and in Wealth"

Is Inequality Making Us Sick? - travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to examine health care but to discover what makes us sick in the first place. The lives of a CEO, lab superisor, janitor and unemployed mother illustrate how social class shapes access to power, resources and opportunity, resulting in a health-wealth gradient. On average, people at the top live longer, healthier lives. Thoseat the bottom are more disempowered, get sicker more often and die sooner. Most of us fall somewhere in between. (2008, 58 minutes)

Friday, July 25, 7:00 p.m.
San Jose Peace & Justice Center.
48 S. Seventh Street,

Sponsored by San Jose Labor Party Local Organizing Committee


Book discussion: "Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein

shockThe San Jose Peace & Justice Center presented the third session in its book discussion series of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine:The Rise of Disaster Capitalism”. In this book, Klein deconstructs the economic history of the last 50 years and raises important questions about the true nature of the “Free” Market and the apparently voluntary embrace of capitalism globally.
Session four coming soon -- we will hold a panel discussion of how we can apply what we learned from the book to our local organizing.  

Join the Iraq Moratorium

The Iraq Moratorium is a nationwide community-based campaign to organize public displays of opposition to the war in Iraq on the third Friday of the month.

The San Jose Peace & Justice Center is participating in a broad coalition of groups from San Mateor to Pacifica to Palo Alto to the South Bay to plan actions on the third Friday of every month. The groups involved include American Muslim Voice, Council of Churches of Santa Clara County, Declaration of Peace - San Mateo County, Global Peace Partners, Gold Star Families Speak Out, Green Party - Santa Clara County, Jewish Voice for Peace - South Bay Chapter, Los Altos Voices for Peace, Mountain View Voices for Peace, MoveOn District 14 Council, Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, Pacifica Peace People, Peace Action of San Mateo County, Peace Umbrella - Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Raging Grannies Action League, The Rebuilding Alliance, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, San Mateo County Democracy for America, South Bay Mobilization, Veterans for Peace, Womens International League for Peace and Freedom - Peninsula Branch.

During the summer and fall, the San Jose Peace & Justice Center will have a booth at the Downtown (San Pedro Square) Farmers Market on the third Friday of the month. If you can help with this outreach, send an email to volunteer[at]


Speak-Out Draws Crowd on 5th Anniversary

Some 200 people gathered on Wednesday afternoon, March 19th, 2008 to speak out against five years of war in Iraq. It is now the third longest war in U.S. history, after the Vietnam war and the current war in Afghanistan.

Iraq war veteran, Jesse Johnsen, of Santa Cruz condemned the lies and deceptions that were told to him by his commanders in Iraq. He said that the combat training he received deliberately dehumanized Iraqi civilians in order to make it easier for U.S. troops to kill. He was told to act first and then ask questions later.

Johnsen served two tours of duty in Iraq while in the U.S. Marine Corps. He said that he began to realize the deceptions of the war during his second tour of duty in Iraq. He recalled that most of the marines he served with were afraid to talk openly about what they thought, but they all just wanted to get out of Iraq and go home.

A dozen members of the labor union Unite Here! came as group in support of fellow member Ana Diaz whose son was sent to Iraq. According to Diaz, military recruiters falsely promised that her son would not be going to war. Now, she wants her son and all U.S. troops back home.

Gil Villagrán, a faculty member at San Jose State University, compared the growing public sentiment against the Iraq war to the mass movement against the Vietnam war. Recalling his days as a student at San Jose State University nearly 40 years ago, he said that the only factor that prevents the antiwar movement, particularly among college students, from being much larger is the lack of a military draft.

The "speak-out" against the Iraq war was organized by the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. It was supported by South Bay Mobilization; Raging Grannies; Code Pink; the Plumbers, Steamfitters, and Refrigeration Fitters Union Local 393; the Silicon Valley Impeachment Coalition; and many other organizations.

Other participants included students, musicians, workers, a dancer, and a bicyclist "against oil wars." Organizer Charlotte Casey said that so many people wanted to speak "because they are angry that this illegal war goes on and on."

At the end of the vigil, Richard Hobbs, a candidate for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, led a "walk and fast for peace." The walk proceeded from the Dr. Martin Luther King Library to the South Bay Islamic Society on Third Street, where participants in Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice and a wide variety of religious organizations broke their three-day fast at a community dinner.


Powerful Anti-war Display in San Jose


Eyes Wide Open, the exhibit of military boots and civilian shoes to represent Iraq War fatalities, was on display in San Jose on Sunday, June 22 in the Circle of Palms in downtown San Jose, between the San Jose Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel on Market Street. Initiated by the American Friends Service Committee, the local event was sponsored by the San Jose Presbytery Peace & Justice Task Force, the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County, and the San Jose Peace and Justice Center.

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Sing Out for Peace and Justice

Enjoy Dinner, a Film, and a Sing-Along

pete seeger

Friday, May 9, 2008

6 p.m. International dinner

7 p.m. Film: "Pete Seeger: the Power of Song"

8:30 p.m. Sing-along of Pete Seeger favorites led by Annie and the Vets

Teamsters Hall, 1452 N. 4th St., San Jose (north of Gish Road) ample parking, wheelchair access

Suggested donation $15-25 benefits San José Peace & Justice Center and the San Jose Labor Party Local Organizing Committee. For reservations and information, call San José Peace & Justice Center 408-297-2299.


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