San Jose Peace & Justice Center

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


South Bay International Womyn's Day

 International Women's Day SJ
Sunday March 8th, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Somos Mayfair
370 S King Rd
San Jose, CA 95116


South Bay International Womyn’s Day Network (SBIWDN) builds and promotes a conscious gender sensitive path towards social justice led by working class womyn of color. The word Women has been rewritten as Womyn to assert our identity as independent and de-centered from men and masculinity. With this definition in mind, we aim to discuss, explore and create spaces for womyn in the South Bay to individually and collectively resist and challenge gendered violence, police brutality, systemic poverty, pay inequality, housing injustice, migration, and deportation. We dedicate IWD 2015 to highlighting the issues and celebrating migrant and working class womyn of the South Bay.

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Planting Hope Beyond Your Backyard




Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7p.m.

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

 Founded in 1997 by Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Florence Reed, Sustainable Harvest International addresses the tropical deforestation crisis in Central America by providing farmers with sustainable alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture.

 Using personal anecdotes from over 20 years of experience in Central America, Florence will speak about the global and local impacts of unsustainable farming practices in the tropics and how Sustainable Harvest International's unique and successful model can reverse this harmful trend. Florence will show how this simple approach helps alleviate poverty, improve health, reverse deforestation, mitigate climate change, reduce pollution, and much more. 



Youth Organizing Workshop - Saturday, Jan. 31, 5 - 8:30 pm



Insights and Reflections from Bay Area Solidarity Summer, United Roots, and Anakbayan

Are you educating and organizing against rising inequality, profound social injustice, and state violence, but finding youths going elsewhere and your membership ageing?

Find out how to rejuvenate your movement. Discover how to attract, engage, and organize young people who hold the key to the future. Learn how to help youths exercise their creative ideas, boundless, energy, and inherent social activism.

Join Bay Area youth organizers Simmy Makhijani, Anirvan Chatterjee, and Anakbayan activists to learn the inside stories of Bay Area Solidarity Summer (a political action camp for young progressive South Asians,, United Roots (Oakland's green youth arts and media center,, and Anakbayan Silicon Valley (which struggles for the rights of Filipinos in the U.S. and social change in the Philippines,

They’ll cover the practical (outreach, resources, budget, logistics, and group structure), the political (pedagogy, curriculum, politics of youth organizing), and lessons learned from the histories of these two very different community organizations.

Activists from other youth organizations will also share their experiences. Participatory discussion encouraged.

Includes dinner
Suggested donation: $10-20 / Youths $5

RSVP by January 29 to coordinator [at],

or leave message at 408-297-2299
(please let us know of any dietary restrictions)

Public transit: 22, 522, 23, 11, 63, 64, 72, 73, 81, Hwy 17 Exp, MST 55, Dash, LRT
Limited parking in rear of building


Saturday, Feb. 7 -- March for Real Climate Leadership


Saturday February 7, 11:30 am

Oscar Grant / Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th & Broadway, Oakland 

Take transit from San Jose: VTA 181 to Fremont BART, get off at 12th St. Oakland

Click here to RSVP for the March 


Mass Surveillance


Protect Your People March


Vigil for Gary Webb on Int'l Human Rights Day

Wednesday December 10th at 5PM

Front of San Jose Mercury News- 4 N Second St. Suite 800, San Jose

On Wednesday December 10 at 5 pm, we will kick things off in San Jose by holding a vigil outside of the San Jose Mercury News commemorating Gary Webb on the 10th anniversary of his death. Webb was the journalist attacked and blacklisted by the U.S. gov and media for exposing CIA collusion with drug-trafficking rings linked to the brutal US-funded and trained Nicaraguan Contras. The U.S. gov looked the other way as cocaine and crack flooded U.S. streets in the 80s, ravaging mostly poor and black communities.

Webb worked for the San Jose Mercury News when his stories broke in 1996. Instead of standing by their truth-seeking reporter when the backlash against them and Webb began, his editors abandoned him, effectively ending Webb's career as a mainstream-media journalist. On this International Human Rights Day, we will remind them of their role in not only destroying Gary Webb, but of their continued role in covering up and cheer-leading for the destruction of lives and rights by the U.S. at home and abroad.


Latin Film Night "Narco Cultura"

Friday Decemer 12th at 7PM, San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Presentation before the film by Michelle Cordova, President of San Jose Peace & Justice Center and Writer for La Oferta Newspaper.

Suggested Donation $5-10

To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco-traffickers have become iconic outlaws, glorified by musicians who praise their new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto, nurturing a new American dream fueled by an addiction to money, drugs, and violence. From war photographer Shaul Schwarz comes NARCO CULTURA, an explosive look at the drug cartels' pop culture influence on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico's Drug War. (c) Cinedigm. Rated R


Film "The War Around Us"

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