San Jose Peace & Justice Center

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 


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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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Film "Salt of the Earth"

Friday March 23rd at 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Salt of the Earth was the first film shown by the Economic Justice Film Series which has shown 100 movies over the years. It is a 1954 American drama film written by Michael Wilson, directed by Herbert J. Biberman, and produced by Paul Jarrico. All had been blacklisted by the Hollywood establishment due to their alleged involvement in communist politics.
94 minutes 

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Low-Income Self-Help Center Receives 2014 Gertude Welch Peace & Justice Award

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Low Income Self-Help Center Activists

By: Michelle Córdova,

President of San José Peace & Justice Center


The Low-Income Self-Help Center was the institution selected by the San José Peace and Justice Center as the winner of the 2014 Gertude Welch Peace & Justice Award for their outstanding service to the low-income community in Silicon Valley.

Since 1998, the Low Income Self Help Center (LISHC) has become a model on how to support those in need in the Bay Area. Through hard work, volunteers empower, educate and organize the diverse low-income communities of California’s Silicon Valley to fight for their rights in a powerful, loving, unifying, and respectful way.


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Gertude Welch Peace & Justice Award Ceremony honors Low Income Self Help Center

Sunday May 18th @ 3PM

Low Income Self Help Center

525 W Alma Ave., San Jose

SJPJC awards this years Gertude Welch Peace and Justice Award to the Low Income Self Help Center. We will be celebrating with a program and potluck dinner.

Keynote Speaker: Sandy Perry , Justice Minister at CHAM and Secretary of Housing, Green Shadow Cabinet

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David Barsamian "Media, Capitalism and the Environment"

Tuesday May 20th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

As global warming accelerates, carbon-fueled industrial capitalism is systemically incapable of making the necessary radical changes to protect the planet. Its insatiable appetite for profits precludes it from doing so. It is time to think about a different economic system.

David Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado. David was also one of the co-founders of MAKING CONTACT.

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Film "Enduring Roots:Over a Century of Resistance to the Jewish National Fund"

Friday May 16th @ 6:30 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

In remembrance of Nakba, Middle Eastern Film Night presents "Enduring Roots: Over a Century of Resistance to the Jewish National Fund" as the first event in a new ongoing series at SJPJC.

About the film: In the name of environmentalism, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) plants trees and builds parks on Palestinian land. Over the past 113 years, the strategies of the JNF to acquire land in historic Palestine have changed, but its goals remain the same. This 40-minute documentary chronicles stories of al-Nakba survivors, interviews with their descendants about the case of refugee return, and current and growing resistance to the ongoing colonization of Palestine by the Jewish National Fund.

Presentation by Sharat G. Lin on the history of colonization and illegal settlement in Palestine.

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Film "Shift Change"

Saturday May 3rd @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Free Film Screening of SHIFT CHANGE

SHIFT CHANGE is a documentary film by veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin. It tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.

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Why Food Sustainability Matters

Thursday May 8th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Environmental Justice Speakers Series presents Why Food Sustainability Matters

Agribusiness and the meat industry have become increasingly driven purely by profit without regard to the effect it has on our health or the environment. We cannot continue down this destructive path. Learn why food sustainability matters and is one of the most important issues of today as we discuss solutions that are currently being practiced in the community.


Tawna Vargo- Food Systems Curriculum & Demonstration Garden Coordinator, La Mesa Verde at Sacred Heart "Food Justice Through Backyard Gardens"

Mark Medeiros- Co-founder of Veggielution, "Building a Stronger Community Through Farming"

Joyce M Eden- San Jose Area LabelGMOs Coordinator "Organic Farming vs GMOs"

Prof. Joanna Ahlum- Lecturer, Environmental Studies & Sciences Department at Santa Clara University, "Cultivating a Healthy Agriculture"


Latin Film Night "Smuggled"

Friday May 9th @ 6:30 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Official selection of 15 festivals worldwide and the winner of 5 'Best Of' Awards, including Best Feature at the 2012 Mexico International Film Festival. SMUGGLED tells the story of a 9 year-old boy and his mother as the couple are smuggled into the U.S. in a compartment underneath a tour bus. Unfortunately, the journey doesn't go as planned as a new destiny awaits Miguel and his mother.

6:30 PM Food & Gathering
7:00 PM Presentation on border crossings by Michelle Cordova, President of SJPJC and Writer for La Oferta newspaper
7:15 PM Film

Suggested Donation $10 for food



Thursday May 1 @ 3pm


Come join over twenty grassroots organizations that will come together on May 1st to demand the rights of workers and migrant communities in San Jose promoting full workers rights while denouncing Obama’s Two Million Too Many deportations!

This year we are starting at 2 different locations
1) Story Rd & S King Rd
San Jose, CA 95122

2) Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
2020 E San Antonio St, San Jose 95116

Both locations will march together and end in the same location
San Jose City Hall
200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113


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