San Jose Peace & Justice Center

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


Free all political prisoners! Lynne Stewart with Pam Africa & Ramona Africa

Saturday May 3rd 5PM-8:30 PM

St. Paul United Methodist Church

405 S. 10th St., San Jose

Welcome home Lynne Stewart!
Free all political prisoners!
End political repression!

Join the South Bay Committee Against Political Repression, National Lawyers Guild and the San Jose Peace & Justice Center in welcoming Lynne Stewart, Pam Africa and Ramona Africa to San Jose.

Reception 5pm-6:30pm $5-20 for food, RSVP to Shelby at 408-297-2299 or email
Program 7pm Suggested Donation $5-20, no one turned away for lack of funds 

We will discuss the struggle to free political prisoners highlighting the cases of Lynne Stewart, the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu-Jamal, including a message from Mumia himself.



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DACA-Mented: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Presentation


Tuesday April 29th @ 7PM

Alum Rock Library- Community Room

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows undocumented individuals to obtain the right to work legally in the United States. Do you qualify for the DACA application? Come to our presentation and find out! We are here to help you review if you qualify and fill out your paper work free of charge. Don't miss out on this opportunity and let your voice be heard!

For more information contact or call 408-297-2299.

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Art of the Carnation Revolution

Tuesday April 22nd @ 1PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

On the 40th Anniversary of the Portuguese Revolution of April 25, 1974

Sharat G. Lin will discuss the political struggles over land, labor, and production in Portugal from 1975 to 1980 as told by fifty-eight original poster cards from newborn political parties, trade unions, and social movements.

This talk is in conjunction with an exhibit of the poster cards from April 18 until July 31, 2014.

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Film "Where Soldiers Come From"

Friday April 25th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

From a snowy small town in Northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM follows the four-year journey of childhood friends, forever changed by a faraway war.

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Film "Standing Army"

Wednesday April 16th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

April 15th is Global Day of Action on Military Spending. In honor of this we will be showing the film "Standing Army" at the Veterans for Peace monthly meeting.

Standing Army, directed by Enrico Parenti and Thomas Fazi, is an award-winning documentary film about the global network of U.S. military bases, the impact that these have on local populations, and the military-industrial complex that lies behind it.

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20th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide, Film "Keepers of Memory" w/ Director Eric Kabera

Thursday April 10th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Through eyewitness accounts and gripping footage, acclaimed director Eric Kabera takes the viewer on an emotional journey into the 1994 Rwandan genocide, its survivors, and the memorials created in the victims' honor.

*Director Eric Kabera will be in attendance to discuss the film.*

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DACA-Mented: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Presentation

Monday April 7th @ 7PM

MLK Library Room 255, San Jose

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows undocumented individuals to obtain the right to work legally in the United States. Do you qualify for the DACA application? Come to our presentation and find out! We are here to help you review if you qualify and fill out your paper work free of charge. Don't miss out on this opportunity and let your voice be heard!

For more information contact or call 408-297-2299.

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Latin Film Night "Bananas"

Friday April 11th @ 6:30 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

This is the film Dole went to court to try and prevent from being shown...

Film Description: Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. Includes scenes from the actual courtroom.

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Film "Inequality For All"

Sunday March 30th at 2PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, this film features Robert Reich-professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member-as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy.

At the heart of the film is a simple proposition: what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation's economic health. 

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Film "Money and Life"

Friday March 28th at 7PM

San Jose Peace and Justice Center

The film takes us on a journey, from the origins of money to connecting the systemic dots on the current global financial crisis and how we got here. Most importantly, MONEY & LIFE says that we owe it to ourselves to understand the fundamentals of this technology called money in order to be effective participants in the economic transformation that is happening around us, a shift more rapid and as profound as the Industrial Revolution.


Working to Save the Amazon and Its Communities

Friday April 4th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Over the past few decades, Ecuador's indigenous communities have fought and defended their rights to their lands, both physically at war and in the courts.

Learn about the devastating effects that extracting oil in the Amazon has had on the environment and the people living there. Hear updates on the landmark case against Chevron and what is now happening to many indigenous people as they continue to fight for their rights to their land against the government of Ecuador.

Featuring a conversation via Skype with Pablo Farjado, the famous attorney who fought against Chevron and won. Hear updates on what is now happening since Chevron has refused to pay the $9 billion they were ordered to pay Ecuador for allowing toxic waste to contaminate their land.

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Historic Elections in El Salvador: The Struggle for Democracy and Equality

Tuesday March 18th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

The FMLN presidential candidate Salvador Sánchez Cerén won the second round of presidential elections on March 9, 2014 by a slim margin, another milestone in a long historic struggle by the FMLN moving from the margins to tentative power in a country deeply polarized and long dominated by the U.S. Now with the ruling classes gradually losing their grip on power, the right-wing ARENA party refuses to accept the election results, throwing the country into a political crisis.

Richard Hobbs and Sharat G. Lin will report after serving as accredited international observers to the election.


Latin Film Night "Secuestro Express"

Friday March 14th 2014 @ 6:30 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

The wave of kidnappings in Latin America inspired this tense suspense drama which takes place in Venezuela. A wealthy young couple are kidnapped by three men demanding a $20,000 ransom for their release, and have just 2 hours to get it. Rated R (2005).

Director Jonathan Jakubowicz's cinematic style in this movie is a translation of the way he perceived reality while being held hostage himself 45 minutes with a gun under his nose.

Nominated for Best Foreign Film in the British Independent Film Awards 2005. This was the first movie from Venezuela to be distributed internationally.

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Action at HP Shareholder's Meeting

Wednesday March 19th @ 1PM

Santa Clara Convention Center

Hewlett Packard has a long history of involvement with controlling communities through providing security and biometric ID systems. HP technology is essential in the monitoring of Palestinians’ movement under the illegal Israeli occupation. We are organizing to appeal to HP to end contracts with the Israeli military. More info on HP and related BDS efforts at

Please join us inside and out at the HP shareholders meeting. We will be making lots of noise, passing out fliers, etc in order to make HP shareholders understand HP’s involvement in Palestine. A human rights resolution which focuses on Palestine will be introduced at the meeting and we need you there!


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The Soldier and the Refusnik

Wednesday March 19th at 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Eran Efrati served in the Israeli military and then turned to document the military's violations of Palestinians' human rights. Maya Wind refused to serve, and was sentenced to military detention and prison. Together they are: The Soldier & The Refusenik

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The Future of Water w/ Screening of "Thirst"

Thursday March 20th at 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Environmental Justice Speaker Series presents "The Future of Water" in honor of World Water Day on March 22nd. Featuring a screening of the documentary "Thirst"

Professor Katherine Cushing - Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University- "The Struggle Over Water and Privatization in Developing Countries" 

Professor Iris Stewart-Frey -Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University. "How Climate Change is Affecting the Water Supply in California and the West."

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