San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Nor Cal People's Climate Rally

2PM- 5PM at Lake Merritt Ampitheater


As the United Nations prepares to debate how to reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gases that pose a dire threat to all humanity, the largest climate action group in the country,, headed by Bill McKibben, is preparing for a historic UN mobilization of environmental activists across the U.S. Hundreds of thousands are expected to converge in NYC and thousands more in many cities including Oakland on September 21 to press for immediate measures to halt and reverse this catastrophic threat to humanity.


Film "Miners Shot Down"

Thursday September 18th @ 7pm

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Methodically and soberly, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, chronicling the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, Lonmin, the ANC government, and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. Miners Shot Down is undoubtedly one of the most important and damning documentaries to emerge in post-apartheid South Africa. 2014 85 minutes

Sharat G. Lin, who just returned from South Africa, will lead discussion.

Open to the public Suggested donation $5-10


South African VS Israeli Apartheid

Friday September 12th 7pm

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Apart from enforcing separate and unequal standards and spaces for different peoples, how do South Africa and Israeli apartheid compare in terms of historical development, ideology, implementation and resistance?

Sharat G. Lin has been involved on the ground in Israel-Palestine since 1973, and just returned from South Africa. He is an originator of the Cairo Declaration.

Barby and Vic Ulmer have been connected to South Africa on the ground since 1974, and recently returned from Palestine.

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Sunday September 7th @ 7pm

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

In preparation for the People's Climate March in NYC and Oakland.

‘When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’

Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.

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Rally for Rasmea Odeh

Monday September 8th @ 4:30-6:00 PM

Martin Luther King Library, San Jose

On October 22, the Department of Homeland Security arrested Rasmea in her home for alleged immigration fraud as part of an ongoing witch-hunt that targets Arabs and Muslims who criticize U.S. and Israeli policy and labels them “terrorists.” You can find more info about her case at and

For more info contact, 408-297-2299

Sponsored by South Bay Committee Against Political Repression, San Jose Peace & Justice Center and Justice for Palestinians 

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Latin Film Night "Sleep Dealer"

Friday September 5th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace and Justice Center

‘Sleep Dealer’ is a Sundance award-winning sci-fi thriller packed with stunning visuals and strong social and political themes.

Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña) is a young man in near-future Mexico. When his family is victim of a misguided drone attack he finds himself with no option but to head north, towards the U.S./Mexico border. But migrant workers cannot cross this new world border – it's been sealed off. Instead, Memo ends up in a strange digital factory in Mexico where he connects his body to a robot in America.

Presentation by Michelle Cordova on border crossings and migration. She is the President of SJPJC and writer for La Oferta Newspaper

Suggested Donation $5-10.

Sponsored by San Jose Peace & Justice Center 

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SF Mime Troups Presents "Ripple Effect"

Tuesday, August 26 2014 @ 6:30 PM

St. James Park
2nd St and St James St
San Jose


Skyrocketing rents. Loss of diversity. Google Glass wearing nouveau riche attacked in bars. The War on the Poor. What is The City coming to?

In "Ripple Effect", the San Francisco Mime Troupe looks behind the headlines with a nationally relevant story as the distribution of wealth and power continues to stream to a very few, leaving most of the rest of us struggling with less and less.

The Troupe has been trying to find our way back to San Jose, but logistics and financial constraints have made it impossible until now. With the generous support of the City of San Jose, we will be able to perform our new hit show RIPPLE EFFECT for FREE right in the middle of the city. We're hoping this opportunity will help rebuild out South Bay audience base so we will be able to return annually.  

South Africa 20 Years Post Apartheid

Saturday August 23rd 6:30 PM - 9PM

our developing world

13004 Paseo Presada, Saratoga

Twenty years after the first election of a black majority government, neoliberalism continues to reproduce the apartheid legacy that makes South Africa the most economically unequal country in the world. Meanwhile, unprecedented strikes and new militance in the labor movement begin to challenge the Tripartite government.

Dr. Sharat G. Lin is a research fellow at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. He writes on global political economy and labor migration. He just returned from a fact-finding trip to South Africa.

6:30 PM Potluck, 7 pm program.
Look for the lavender door

Info 408-379-4431 


Middle Eastern Film Night "Jenin Jenin"

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Film "Which Way Home"


Rally to Protest Israel's Attacks on Gaza

Samina Sundas, Sharat Lin, Fadi Saba and others speak at Peace Rally for Gaza on August 1, 2014

Origins of the Crisis in Gaza

Friday August 15th @ 6:30 PM - 9PM

Arab American Cultural Center
Houge Park, Building Two
3968 Twilight Drive
San José, CA 95124 

As the Gaza Strip endures its third major attack in five years, people around the world are calling for a cease fire and an end to the suffocating blockade. Was this latest carnage triggered by Palestinian rockets, Israeli settler violence, or by Israeli efforts to block a Palestinian unity government? We will address the root causes of the violence and discuss both how to assist the people of Gaza and what we can do to bring about a just resolution.

Dr. Salem Ajluni is an economist and lived in Gaza in 1996-2001. He served as a consultant to the United Nations in Palestine, and worked for the Palestinian Ministry of Planning.

Dr. Sharat G. Lin is a writer on the Middle East, former president of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center, and an originator of the Cairo Declaration on global BDS.

The program will be followed by a short letter-writing session to elected officials and the media. Writing materials and addresses will be provided.

Free and open to the public
Wheelchair accessible 


Sustainable SJ Downtown - Who, What, Where, When, How?


Peace Rally for Gaza

Friday August 1st, 5-6PM

In front of Martin Luther King Library 

Corner of San Fernando and 4th St.

Rally for Gaza! Stop killing civilians! Stop killing children! End U.S.aid to Israel!

There will be extra signs provided. Speakers include:

Professor Khalil Barhoum, Stanford University

Dr. Sharat Lin, San Jose Peace & Justice Center

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Beware the Emergency Financial Manager

Friday July 25th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

A cautionary tale from Benton Harbor, Michigan - Rev. Edward Pinkney tells a gathering at Silicon Valley DeBug, "My city was taken over by a dictator." Michigan's Public Act 4 allows the state to send a non-elected appointee to take over a city, displacing the mayor and other officials. Pinkney traces the action to a struggle over lakefront land coveted by Whirlpool Corporation for commercial development. He warns, "The Emergency Financial Manager is coming to your town!"

Includes the famous Buck Naked Fish story!

Being shown as background to the current framing of Rev. Pinkney who faces 25 years for false voter fraud charges.

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Haiti Report and Fundraiser

Wednesday July 23rd at 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Join us as we hear an update on the situation in Haiti. We will hear reports on the Delmas 33 Earthquake camp and earthquake relief, MOJUB Women's Collective, a Grassroots organization, a peasant collective in Saint Raphael - North Haiti., as well as a political update.

Donations accepted! Funds collected will go towards purchasing a water pump in Haiti. Checks can be made out to Haiti Emergency Relief Fund.

Pierre Labossiere is a community activist and a founding member of the Haiti Action Committee.  He is currently on the Board of Directors for Haiti Emergency Relief Fund.

Akubundu Amazu-Lott has been an adjunct professor at SJSU for six years in the African-American Studies Dept. and the chair of the Africana Center Advisory Committee of the Cultural Heritage Center of the King Library. He is currently the California Chapter Program Coordinator of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP). 


Preparation for People's SONA

Saturday July 19th at 2PM

San Jose Peace and Justice Center

On July 28th President Benigno Aquino II of the Philippines will deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA). The People's SONA is an event where the people of the Philippines will expose the fact that Aquino has not addressed the root causes of the issues facing the majority of Filipinos such as the rising prices of commodities, the plight of Yolanda victims, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, and human rights violations.

As a special guest, Anu Mandavilli of Friends of South Asia will present on the human rights situation facing the people of India in order to show the need for international solidarity against state violence against the people. 

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Cuba Caravan w/ Bill Hackwell and a Screening of Saul Landau film on LGBTQ Rights in Cuba

Sunday July 13th @ 2PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

The Cuba Caravan is back! This year's featured speaker will be Bill Hackwell with a special screening of a Saul Landau documentary on LGBTQ rights in Cuba.

Bill Hackwell is a widely published and exhibited social documentary photographer who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The bulk of his work has focused on social change in the struggle against oppression in the U.S. and abroad. He has worked as the photographer for a number of non-profit and humanitarian aid groups working in many parts of the world.

He has been involved in Pastors for Peace projects since the earliest Caravan to Cuba in 1992. He has also participated as photographer for Pastors for Peace on several of its humanitarian aid projects to Chiapas where Pastors for Peace delivered critical humanitarian aid to the indigenous highland communities, including the historic march in 2001 from the jungles of Chiapas to Mexico City that pressed for the rights of Indigenous people. Bill is also an organizer with the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five in the US.


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Latin Film Night "ARRÁNCAME LA VIDA (Tear This Heart Out)"

Friday July 11th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

A husband with sweeping political ambitions and his outwardly docile wife ultimately use one another as means to an end in this lavish, epic period drama from Mexico, that unfurls in 1930s and '40s Mexico, just after the Mexican Revolution. Though Catalina Guzman (Ana Claudia Talacon) was born into a rural family that suffers from abject poverty, she sees a way out via a long-term relationship with the conniving, calculating general Andres Asensio (Daniel Gimenez Cacho). Asensio's aspirations extend far beyond the confines of the military: he ultimately plans to work his way up to the Mexican presidency. 

Presentation by Michelle Cordova, President of SJPJC and Writer for La Oferta Newspaper

Suggested Donation $5-10

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PROTEST! No New Wars in Iraq!

Fridays 5-6 PM
MLK Jr. Library
Corner of San Fernando & 4th St.
San Jose

The Obama Administration is again gearing up for new attacks on Iraq. We must get out and let our voices be heard. No new war on Iraq!

Friday's protest is part of the normal Friday peace vigil held every Friday.

On the Border: Immigration, Economics, and Civil Liberties

Tuesday June 16th 4PM

Campus Center, De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014 

The U.S.-Mexico border has undergone dramatic change in the last several years in terms of migration patterns, enforcement, cross-border economic activity, and the impact on families. It provides an often hidden perspective on larger issues of free trade, immigration reform, the prison-industrial complex, and civil liberties.

Dr. Sharat G. Lin writes on global political economy, labor migration, and public health. He is a contributing author to the book Studies in Inequality and Social Justice (2009) with a chapter on the popular movement for immigration reform. He has visited the U.S.-Mexico border over a dozen times in recent years. He is currently a research fellow at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center.

Free and open to the public


Jared Paul: A Night of Poetry

Saturday June 14th @ 8PM

500 Lincoln St
Santa Clara, CA 

Jared Paul, renowned performance poet, activist and educator. Jared will be visiting us while touring the US in support of his latest release: Jared Paul Live! - a Greatest Hits record of his best known poetry pieces.

Suggested Donation $3-7

Co-sponsored by Human Agenda and San Jose Peace & Justice Center

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Rally! All Out to Defend Rasmea Odeh!

Tuesday June 10th 4-6PM

Martin Luther King Jr. Library @ SJSU

corner of 4th & San Fernando St., San Jose

All out to defend Rasmea Odeh!
Drop the Charges NOW!

A Palestinian woman, Rasmea Odeh, was arrested at her home on the morning of Oct. 22, by agents of the Department of Homeland Security.

She is charged with immigration fraud. Allegedly, in her application for citizenship, she didn’t mention that she was arrested in Palestine 45 years ago by an Israeli military court that detains Palestinians without charge - a court that has over 200 children in prison today and does not recognize the rights of Palestinians to due process.

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Book Talk "Against Our Better Judgement: How the U.S. was used to create Israel"

Thursday May 29th at 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Join us for a reading of Against Our Better Judgment: the hidden history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel by Alison Weir. The author will read excerpts from her book, discuss a myriad of largely unknown facts about the U.S.-Israel relationship, answer questions, and sign copies of the book.

Book description:

Soon after WWII, U.S. statesman Dean Acheson warned that creating Israel on land already inhabited by Palestinians would "imperil" both American and all Western interests in the region. Despite warnings such as this one, President Truman supported establishing a Jewish state on land primarily inhabited by Muslims and Christians.


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Saturday May 24th @ 10:30 AM - 12PM

San Jose

Join the World-Wide March for Real Food, March Against Monsanto!!

Have a fun time of rallying and marching together as part of the World-Wide Community! Starting at the Cesar Chavez Arch on the San Jose Campus, marching through Cesar Chavez Park. After the march, Rally, Music and Speakers at the San Jose City Hall Plaza. 

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