San Jose Peace & Justice Center

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.

Facebook Event Link


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"

Read more...  

Palestinian Mayor of Wadi Foquin Visits San Jose

Thursday November 20th @ 7PM

Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 N. 5th Street San Jose, CA 95112

On August 31, 2014 Israel issued land confiscation orders annexing 1000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bethlehem district of the West Bank for expansion of settlement development. Directly impacted is the village of Wadi Foquin. Ahmad Sokar, Mayor of Wadi Foquin will share with us the resolve to retain the rights to their land and life in their historic homeland.


Film "Shadows of Liberty"

Read more...  

Annual Holiday Peace Fair


Latin Film Night "Clandestine Childhood"

Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, Juan and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities. Juan's parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities they are being tracked down relentlessly, and the threat of capture and even death is constant. This is a story about militancy, undercover life, and love. The story of a clandestine childhood. - Written by Film Movement

Suggested Donation $5-10


Author Taylor Hawke


Community Meeting on Police Militarization

Wednesday October 29th, 6-8 PM

African American Services Agency

304 N. 6th Street, San Jose




Karla Lara: Singing the Sweet Rebellion

Sunday October 19th @ 6:30 - 8PM

Caffe Frascati 315 S. First St. San Jose

Music and discussion on Honduras: 5 years after the Coup, the Popular Resistance Continues…The presentation of the Feminist organizer, Karla Lara, will provide an update on the current human rights crisis which has led to the recent exodus of thousands of children seeking refuge from the structural violence of extreme poverty and social disparities. She will also provide us with the healing powers of music as she performs with members of her band, Híbridos Jazz.

+ Performances by Shamako Noble of Hip Hop Congress and Freddy Lopez of Live in Peace


Film "Pay 2 Play"

Sunday October 19th @ 2 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury. The film will be followed by a discussion. Suggested donation: $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

This event is sponsored by Green party of Santa Clara County and Dream Menders 


Film Screening "Zapatista"

Thursday October 16th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Jan. 1 1994: The Day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went in effect. A few minutes after midnight in Southeastern Mexico, several thousand Indian soldiers take over half the state of Chiapas, declaring a war against global corporate power and for humanity. They call themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). Zapatista is the definitive look at the uprising in Chiapas. it is the story of the Mayan peasant uprising, armed with sticks and their word against a first world military. It is the story of a global movement that has fought 175,000 federal troops to a standstill and transformed Mexican culture and international political cultural forever.

This event is sponsored by Accion Zapatista South Bay and Universidad de la Tierra Califas 


Introduction to the U.S. Social Forum & People’s Movement Assembly

Sunday October 5th @ 2PM

AACI - Room 210-2400 Moorpark Ave., San Jose

Shamako Noble, National Coordinator of the U.S. Social Forum

John de Graaf, Author of What’s the Economy For? & National Director of the Take Back Your Time Movement

“The Ecohumanist Alternative”:  A Bold Skit by Human Agenda 


Journalist Reese Erlich: First Hand Report on Assad, ISIS, Obama & U.S. Middle East Policy

Tuesday October 7th @ 7PM

St. Paul United Methodist Church-405 S. 10th St., San Jose

Reese Erlich is a Bay-area based journalist recently returned from the Kurdish Region of Iraq as a reporter for CBS Radio and GlobalPost in which he spent his time interviewing Yazidis, Kurdish peshmerga and analyzing the US bombing campaign in Iraq. Does the U.S. military attacks help or hurt the effort to stop ISIS?

His fifth book "Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect" is based on first-hand reporting from Syria and Washington, in which Erlich unravels the complex dynamics underlying the Syrian civil war. Through vivid, on-the-ground accounts and interviews with both rebel leaders and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erlich gives the reader a better understanding of this momentous power struggle and why it matters.

Suggested Donation: $5-10

Copies of the book will be for sale and the author will be available to autograph


Rally Against the Drone! And Militarization of Police


Labor Movements in Viet Nam

Monday September 29th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

One of the fastest growing places in the world, the Pacific Rim, is in danger of exploitation. Vietnam, as well as 10 other countries, have signed the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. Leanna Noble and Hollis Stewart will discuss the Pacific Rim's vulnerability in the labor market in light of modern globalization.

Leanna Noble and Hollis Stewart are union activists and lecturers at Ton Duc Thang University in Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City, the first university in Vietnam to offer a degree in labor relations.

Suggested Donation $5-10, no one turned away. 


Film "Who is Dayani Cristal?"

Friday September 26th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Who Is Dayani Cristal? tells the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration. As the real-life drama unfolds we see this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, become a living and breathing human being with an important life story.

Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer the question and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America.


Development and Social Justice: Madhuresh Kumar

Sunday, September 21 2014 @ 3PM -5PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Free & Open to the Public

Madhuresh Kumar is National Organizer, National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM). He is responsible for campaigns and policy advocacy around communities’ control over land, water, forest and minerals; issues of displacement, energy projects, special economic zones; resource mobilisation; and national organisational co-ordination of the Alliance. 

Read more...  

Contact Us · Sitemap · Site Credits  · Donate
Editor Login