San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Medea Benjamin Book Talk

Tuesday, November 15 2016 at noonmedea

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

48 S. 7th St., San Jose

The co-founder of CODEPINK has become famous for fearlessly tackling head-on subjects most of us studiously avoid. Often, she does so in person, as during President Obama’s speech at the National Defense University, or at a reception for drone manufacturers and members of Congress, or in Cairo, where she was assaulted by police. In her new book, she’s researching the sinister nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

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"We the People" Post-Election Rally

weWednesday Nov 9 2016, 5pm to 6pm

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 4th & San Fernando Streets, San Jose

We the People elected our representatives in Congress and now We the People demand action!

  • Health care and housing for everyone!
  • Comprehensive immigration reform!
  • Stop the wars and all arms sales around the world!
  • Stop gun violence and state violence at home!
  • Keep fossil fuels in the ground!
  • No TPP!
  • Close Guantánamo Prison and Naval Base now!
  • Get corporate money out of our elections!
  • ... and more ...
You are welcome to bring your own signs -- Check out the Facebook event.

Sponsored by the Friday Peace Vigil, our developing world, CodePink, South Bay Democratic Socialists of America, Green Party of Santa Clara County, Human Agenda, Low-Income Self-Help Center, San José Peace & Justice Center, SCC Single Payer Health Care Coalition, Veterans for Peace Chapter 101, WILPF - San José Branch  

Friday Night Film

best demo

Friday November 4, 2016 at 7:00pm

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

When Donald Trump says, “This election is rigged”—he should know. His buddies are rigging it.

Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck, designed to steal a million votes by November.


Every Friday @ 10am -- Learn the Dance of Peace


Join us for a dance class like no other! Here you will fully engage your body while learning to turn your awareness toward peace.

The Dance of Peace classes will elevate your heart rate, happiness, strength and overall sense of well being! No experience or special equipment is needed. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to enjoy yourself!

About the instructor: Khalilah Ramirez is a peace dancer, author and educator here in San Jose. She is versed in the art of creating peace through communication and dance.

Every Friday morning at 10am at the Peace & Justice Center.

Articles by Khalilah Ramirez

More about the Dance of Peace


Progressive Elections Forum


Sun Oct 16, 5pm to 8pm

Roosevelt Community Center, 901 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95116

 More information here


Celebrate International Day of Peace



Wednesday September 21 2016 from 5pm to 8pm

 Open House

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

Come by for talk, food, music, and more -- Free and open to the public

Meet our new coordinator! Check out our newly renovated office space and the second-floor offices that are for rent to non-profit organizations. Learn about local environmental and food justice campaigns and discuss candidates and propositions on the November ballot. Sing along with the Raging Grannies! Take advantage of our sale of books, stickers, note cards, and other gifts.


Talk on Situation in Turkey


Potluck & Report on Solidarity Trip to Honduras

Saturday August 13, 6 pm potluck, 7 pm program    Berta
13004 Paseo Presada  – corner Paseo Lado,
Saratoga, CA 95070    

our developing world presents a report from the Alliance for Global Justice delegation to Honduras---Human Rights Accompaniment for Communities in Struggle. Teri Morgan will share recent experiences from 10 days with maquila workers, environmentalists, Committee for Families of the Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH)  and other activists. Zenaida Velaquez will give background on the decades-long human rights struggle in that country.

Raffle tickets with donations welcome.  $5 donation for wine/or beer

wheelchair accessible
our developing world –408-379-4431


Forum on Police Killings of Black and Brown People


 When:     Thursday, July 14 2016 @ 06:00 PM - - 09:00PM
Where:     Mexican Heritage Plaza, 700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose

On July 14, 2016, community members are invited to attend a Community Forum addressing local and national police shootings of black and brown people. Government, non-profit, community stakeholders and business groups will come together to discuss issues this Thursday at 6pm, Mexican Heritage Plaza, 

"The purpose of this community-based forum is to bring together diverse civil and human rights leaders and organizations to form a more united front to work on social justice issues, including the excessive use of force by police," said Community Member, Walter Wilson. "It also gives the community an opportunity to acknowledge the shooting victims in Dallas, Texas".

This forum will allow community members to ask questions and engage various community, government and business groups around the matter of police shootings.


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Celebrate LaborFest in San Jose

The FactoryLaborFest was established in 1994 to institutionalize the history and culture of working people in an annual labor cultural, film and arts festival.

LaborFest events in San Jose include:

    Friday July 8, two films: Blue Elephants and Driving for Hire The producer of the second film, John Han, will be present during Q & A. | More info
    Thursday July 14, Indian film The Factory | More info
    Friday July 22, three films | More info
    Tuesday July 26, Comedy Night at the Improv | More info
    Friday July 29, Manos a la Obra, the story of Operation Bootstrap | More info


Solidarity with LGBTQ Community -- Say No to Hate


 Friday June 17, 2016solidarity

 ...Solidarity with the families of the victims of the Orlando massacre at the Friday Peace Vigil.  Say no to hate. Ban assault weapons and stop renewed militarization of police.  Muslims, LGBTQ people, workers, immigrants, and citizens join hands against violence and for building community.


Direct Action on the Climate: A night of scheming and dreaming with Rising Tide

rising tide

Thursday, June 30th at 7pm
San Jose Peace & Justice Center; 48 S 7th St #101, San Jose, CA

Direct action is everywhere. In May, thousands took action to Break Free from Fossil Fuels in one of the largest global coordinated climate actions in history. Almost a year ago in San Francisco, thousands flooded Wall Street West in a mass civil disobedience against the economic system driving the climate crisis. In the Northwest, kayaktivists have flooded into the waterways of Seattle and Portland to stop Shell's Arctic drilling. In Paris at the UN climate talks, thousands told the world's leaders that they must act on climate and keep fossil fuels in the ground.

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Palestinian Cultural Day


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The Next System Project


Saturday, May 14 2016 @ 01:00 PM -- 05:00 PM
Humanist House 1180 Coleman Ave, San Jose
We know the current dominant capitalist system does exactly what it was designed to do: line corporate pockets at the expense of real people’s health and livelihoods, destroying the environment and fueling the war machine at the same time. But we also know that another world is possible. Many of us are working to build that new world right now. Come hear from: 
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Tax Dollars for Our Needs, Not War!


Protest Rally in Front of MLK Library

Friday April 15 2016, 5 to 6pm



The pie chart shows that military spending takes up 44% of the U.S. budget -- that's 1,357 BILLION dollars!

Join us on Tax Day to demand that our taxes go to fund human needs, not to war!

Sponsored by San Jose Peace & Justice Center, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, Veterans for Peace Chapter 101, Friday Peace Vigil, our developing world

Protestors are invited to Tax Day Tamale Party at the Peace & Justice Center after the rally.


SJPJC President Michelle Cordova Receives Beacon of Light Award

SJPJC President Michelle Cordova is being recognized as a Beacon of Light for her work to advance the rights of local immigrants. Read more...  

Latin Film Series presents: Las Malas Intenciones

bad intentions

Friday December 11, 2015 @ 7pm to 9pm

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

An eight year old Peruvian girl dreads the impending birth of her younger brother during a time of intense socio-political turmoil in this incisive psychological drama from director Rosario Garcia-Montero. Peru: the early 1980s. Upon learning that her mother Ines will soon give birth to a baby boy, young Cayetana vows that his first day in the world will also be her last. As the months go by and her mother's belly swells, the solemn girl senses death closing in, she begins to fantasize that a trio of national heroes she learned about at school will sweep her out of her home, and away from a country that's on the brink of collapse. 

Nor Cal Climate Mobilization March & Rally


 Challenging Climate Catastrophe

Saturday, November 21st

Assemble 10:30am - 12pm | Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Rally 1pm Frank Ogawa - Oscar Grant Plaza | Oakland CA



Latin Film Night; The Perfect Dictatorship


Economic Justice Film Series: Black Diamonds

  Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Peace & Justice Center 48 S. Seventh Street, San Jose



An award-winning feature documentary exploring radical community resistance to the explosive rise of mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachian states. The film illustrates in graphic detail the destructive effects of mountaintop removal seen through the eyes of local citizens, as well as national experts. The film places citizen's dramatic stories at the forefront in the on-going battle over Appalachia's mountains.



May Day 2015 - International Workers Day / Dia Internacional de Trabajadores

Friday, May 1st

2pm Rally at Story and King, (Corner of Target Plaza)
3pm Gather Up
4pm March
5:45pm Closing Rally at San José City Hall

May Day
International Workers Day
Workers and Migrants Rising for Dignity, Against State Violence, and Standing for International Solidarity


May 1st Coalition Endorsements: Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition, SEIU USWW, MAIZ,CWA 9423, SJSU S.A.H.E., PAWIS, Anakbayan Silicon Valley, NAFCON, Migrante Northern California, BAYAN USA, South Bay Labor Council, Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County, United States Social Forum San Jose Bay Area LOC, Human Agenda, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, U.A. Plumbers and Fitters Local 393, San Jose R.A.D., CHAM, Pangea Legal Services, UFCW Local 5, LIUNA Laborers Local 270, Working Partnerships USA, Voluntarios de la Comunidad, South Bay International Womyn’s Day Network, SOMOS Mayfair, American Muslim Voice Foundation, Silicon Valley Latino Democratic Forum, SJSU Gente Unida, SJSU M.E.Ch.A., Asian Law Alliance, Coalition for Justice and Accountability, SIREN, San Jose Silicon Valley NAACP, All African People's Revolutionary Party (AAPRP), SV Debug, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-San Jose, Raging Grannies of San Jose, PACT, Amigos de Guadalupe, Low-Income Self-Help Center,IMA South Bay, Santa Clara County El Comité, El Grito de la Cultura and Council on American-Islamic Relations, SF Bay Area office.


DACA: Únete al Sueño

Aplicaciones Nuevas y de Renovación

Abril 29, 2015 | 6:30-8:30pm

San Jose Peace and Justice Center48 South 7th St. San José, CA 95122

Acompáñenos y aprenda más sobre la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la lnfancia (DACA por sus siglas en inglés). Traiga a su familia, amigos y seres queridos para ver si califican. Se proveerá asistencia gratuita para llenar los formularios para aplicaciones nuevas o de renovación. Ofrecemos servicio gratuito para ver si es elegible y guía en la recopilación de documentos.

Tendremos servicio de cuidado de niños. ¡Los esperamos el 29 de abril!  





Speaking event with Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh


Tuesday, April 21st, 7pm
San Jose Peace and Justice Center


The San Jose Peace and Justice Center cordially invites you to attend a presentation by about his work in Palestine and his new book of short stories, Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in the Galilee, exploring the changing, precarious, and ever-shrinking world of Palestinians living in Israel.

As his village’s first Western-trained physician, Kanaaneh has had intimate access to his neighbor’s lives, which he chronicles in a fictionalized collection of vignettes that reveal the struggles, triumphs, memories, and hopes of the indigenous Palestinian community living in a state that does not acknowledge their past or encourage their future. The book, published by Just World Books will be available to purchase. 

Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh completed his medical and public health degrees at Harvard in 1970. He then returned to Galilee where, in 1973, he became the Public Health Doctor of the sub-district of Acre. He is the founder of the NGO, the Galilee Society (The Arab National Society for Health Research and Services). He is visiting San Jose from his village Arrabeh.

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Angela Davis Comes to the South Bay

Angela Davis will be coming to the South Bay for two speaking engagements co-sponsored by the San Jose Peace and Justice Center on April 16th:

 1:30-3:30pm - De Anza College: Racial Justice and Resistance in the United States: a conversation with Angela Davis (more information)

7-9pm - San Jose State University: SJSU Annual Human Rights Lecture Event: Keynote speech by DR. ANGELA DAVIS (more information)


Cuba Today

The Cuban Economy and the New Cooperatives

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015, 7-9 PM
Location: San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Presenters: Richard Hobbs and Greg Miller

Human Agenda recently completed an Emulation Tour to Cuba focusing on the economy, new service and industrial cooperatives, and health and education. What would an economy and economic institutions based on democracy, equality, cooperation, kindness, and sustainability look like? Come hear Greg Miller, Joan Simon, and Richard Hobbs report back about the exciting new developments in Cuban society.
Door Prizes: Posters of Che Guevara


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