San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Celebrate & Analyze the Election -- What's Next?

conesPost-election - 51st Anniversary Open House & Ice Cream Bash -- Sunday, Nov. 9 - 1 to 3 p.m.

San Jose Peace & Justice Center
48 S. 7th St., San Jose

Come help us analyze the election results, celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Peace & Justice Center, and make plans for the coming year.


Invisible No Longer

hyattA community hearing on the Hyatt Hotel workers' continuing struggle for justice will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 6:00 p.m. at the Santa Clara First Baptist Church, 3111 Benton St., Santa Clara.

Testimony will be given by Hyatt workers. Invited panelists include Paul Fong, candidate for State Assembly; Jamie McLeod, Santa Clara City Council; Jaime Alvarado, Executive Director of Somos Mayfair; Rev. Margaret Tenold, Director of Santa Clara County Council of Churches. Hosted by Rising Together coalition.


Tyranny of Oil -- a talk by Antonia Juhasz

oil drillingAntonia Juhasz investigates the true state of the U.S. oil industry—uncovering its virtually unparalleled global power, influence over our elected officials, its lack of regulatory oversight, the truth behind $150-a-barrel oil, $4.50-a-gallon gasoline, and the highest profit in corporate history. Exposing an industry that thrives on secrecy, The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry, and What We Must Do To Stop It shows how Big Oil manages to hide its business dealings from policy makers, legislators, and most of all, consumers.  Antonia's book reveals exactly how Big Oil gets what it wants—through money, influence, and lies.

October 31, 7p.m. at Willow Glen Books
1330 Lincoln Ave., San Jose


Cool Cuisine -- a talk by Dr. Eugene Cordero

veggiesWhat we eat does have an impact on our planet, and you can have better-tasting, higher-quality food by following the advice in Dr. Cordero's book, "Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming". Dr. Eugene Cordero is an associate professor in the Department of Meteorology at San Jose State. He  teaches courses  in climate change and works to improve methods of public education that engage and stimulate social change.

Thursday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, (Room 255) 150 E. San Fernando St. 

"Cool" snacks provided!


ICE Raids Prove the Truth of "Illegal People"

immigrant rightsIn September, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested 1,157 men and women — 436 in Northern California, including 10 in Santa Clara County. This sweep, the largest of its kind in California, shows the reality that is examined in a new book by photojournalist, author and activist David Bacon. 

"Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Immigration and Criminalizes Migrants", a talk by David Bacon

October 23, 7p.m. at First Christian Church, 80 S. 5th St. San Jose

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People Speak Out on the Bailout

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In coordination with nationwide protests on September 25, about 50 people gathered in front of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in downtown San Jose for a People's Speakout on the Bailout.  They also signed a letter to our Congressional representatives demanding, among other things, the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and the downsizing of our military industrial complex to save trillions of dollars and "no blank checks or unregulated bailouts from the criminal Bush regime."


Take Action: No Blank Check for Robber Barons!

billionaireA freeze on all foreclosures. No more golden parachutes. Bail out Main Street, not Wall Street. These are some of the demands that our Congressional reps need to hear as their arms are being twisted to agree to the outrageous $700 billion bail out.

Bring your ideas, your outrage, your signs and posters and all your family and friends to

Speak Out About the Bail Out

Thursday Sept 25, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
in front of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose

And TAKE ACTION NOW by contacting Congress...

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Robert Fisk to Speak in San Jose

Robert FiskRobert Fisk, the Middle East Bureau Chief for the The Independent (UK), will speak at San Jose State University:

Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
SJSU Engineering Auditorium

(near campus entrance at 7th & San Fernando)

Robert Fisk is a veteran war correspondent and one of the world’s most experienced journalists covering the Middle East. He has reported from across the Arab world for the past thirty years and is the author of Pity the Nation and The Great War for Civilisation. His new book is The Age of the Warrior.

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American Dream -- Out of Reach?

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The third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches and the situation for Gulf Coast Residents is still dire. Here in the South Bay, people also feel like they've been hit by a massive storm of economic and social forces, including a record number of home foreclosures and soaring prices for food, housing, health care, and gas,

The political parties give us the spectacle of the conventions while our most basic concerns are not covered in the media. We intend to correct the situation by holding a free-for-all Speak Out in front of the downtown library to voice our concerns.  

Thursday, August 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.

Initiated by San Jose Peace & Justice Center with the participation of many community groups:

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Friday Films at the Peace and Justice Center

August 8th: “Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash"

7:00 p.m., 48 South 7th St., San Jose
Produced by award-winning filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, this documentary examines the world's dependency on oil and the impending chaos that's sure to follow when the resource is depleted. Straight from the headlines, this hot-button topic may represent the world's most dire crisis. Through expert interviews, the film spells out in startling detail the challenge we all face and underscores our desperate need for alternative energy. Donation: $5 - $10 Benefits Friday Peace Vigil and the SJPJC.
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Commemorate 63rd Anniversary of Hiroshima - Nagasaki

peace craneOn Friday, August 8, from 5 to 6 p.m. in front of the Federal Building at 2nd and San Carlos, the San Jose Raging Grannies will join the Friday Peace Vigil to commemorate the anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, to sing out and protest the build-up of nuclear weapons and weapons in space. On Saturday, August 9, a special event "Remembering the Victims of Nuclear Weapons, Toward a Nuclear-Free Future" will be held at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, corner of Vasco Rd. and Patterson Pass Rd., in Livermore, starting at 10:30 a.m. If you want to join a carpool from the South Bay, call (408)255-6559). Read more...  

Celebrate Frida Kahlo -- Support MAIZ

Maiz will hold the third annual Frida Kahlo Fundraiser on Friday, July 25 at MACLA, 510 S. First St., San Jose from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program includes a Silent Art Auction, Frida Look Alike contest, raffles, a Frida award, food (tamales, elotes) and performers MC Adriana Garcia aka LaPatriota, Mamacoatl, SOMOS Teatro Familias Unidas, Mexica Mujeres Native Drumming, Son Encantos (grupo Jarocho de mujeres), and a documentary film "Poder de my Colors" on Latino Queer Youth.Admission: $10 (general), $5 (students, veterans, elders), under-18 free. For more information, check the Maiz Myspace page.


Summer Get-Together

Community Get-Together & Anti-war Comedy

When: Friday, July 18, 7:00 p.m.
Contact: SJPJC (408) 297-2299
Where: San Jose Peace and Justice Center, 48 South 7th St.
San Jose

Following the "Don't Bomb Iran" action at the Federal Bldg. at 5:00, join a community get-together to commesorate and share your thoughts about the state of the country. There will be a light dinner INSIDE (no grilling or film screening outside) before a pre-release DVD screening. (The film is R rated, so if there's room, an alternative film will be screened in another room.) Parking in back and on the street. Donation: $5 to $10. Benefit for SJPJC.

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Spanish Classes by/for Activists

si se puedeSan Jose Peace & Justice Center is offering a class in Spanish for Activists. The class will be taught by Spanish-speaking activists who will report on the work of their groups in Spanish.

The class meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Peace & Justice Center and other locations. Call 408-286-6177 for more information.


Middle East Conflict at 60


What Palestinians are Fighting For

The Israeli government and its US supporters cite "security" as the reason for the West Bank barrier restricting Palestinian access to Israeli population centers. Yet more walls are being built dividing Palestinian from Palestinian. Israeli settlements continue to be built and expanded on the Palestinian side of the wall. The number of military checkpoints and closures has risen to 550 inside the West Bank. What is the reason for these measures? Why do Israeli policies make a two-state solution all but impossible. How can peace be achieved?

Dr. Sharat G. Lin explains with photos, maps, and first-hand experience. Wednesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. Campbell Library, Community Room, 77 Harrison Ave. (at Civic Center Drive) Campbell. Free admission


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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