San Jose Peace & Justice Center

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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Book Talk "The Atlas of California: Mapping the Challenge of a New Era"

Friday March 7th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

About the book: California is at a crossroads. For decades a global leader, inspiring the hopes and dreams of millions, the state has recently faced double-digit unemployment, multi-billion dollar budget deficits and the loss of trillions in home values. This atlas brings together the latest research and statistics in a graphic form that gives shape and meaning to these numbers. It shows a new California in the making, as it maps the economic, social, and political trends of a state struggling to maintain its leadership and to continue to offer its citizens the promise of prosperity.

Authors Richard A. Walker and Suresh K. Lodha will be here to discuss their new book and sign copies. 

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The Struggle for People’s Agrarian Reform in Brazil

Thursday March 13th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

The Struggle for People’s Agrarian Reform in Brazil
A report from the 6th National Congress of Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement

Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) in Portuguese, is a mass social movement, formed by rural workers and by all those who want to fight for land reform and against injustice and social inequality in rural areas.


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Stress Management Workshop

Thursday February 13th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Have Stress? Come to our workshop!
Learn what we can do to reduce stress and relax!

Vinh Phan will be leading this workshop. He is currently a lecturer at Mission College and a Behavioral Health Instructor at Kaiser Permanente in which he teaches anxiety management, depression management, pathways to stress reduction, and mind body approach to stress management.

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GI Coffeehouse West Coast Tour

Wednesday February 19th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

It is more important than ever that GI's know their rights within the military. They must have access to information about all their options. They need counseling on how to avoid being deployed to war and how to seek a discharge from the military as a Conscientious Objector or on medical or other grounds. Service members need support from the military and veteran communities where they are based.

Today’s coffee house outreach centers draw inspiration from the Vietnam-era GI coffeehouse movement and are important gathering places and sources of vital information, community building and leadership development. 

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Film "Pray the Devil Back to Hell"

Women's Power to Stop War in Liberia

Friday February 21st @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. As the rebel noose tightened around the capital city of Monrovia, thousands of women – ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim – formed a thin but unshakeable line between the opposing forces. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they literally faced down the killers who had turned Liberia into hell on earth. In one memorable scene, the women barricaded the site of stalled peace talks in Ghana and refused to move until a deal was done. Their demonstrations culminated in Taylor’s exile and the rise of Africa’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Inspiring and uplifting, Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a compelling example of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.


Film "Slavery by Another Name"

Friday February 28th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Slavery by Another Name “resets” our national clock with a singular astonishing fact: Slavery in America didn’t end 150 years ago, with Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Based on Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, the film illuminates how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, persisting until the onset of World War II.

The film also sparks realizations of how this legacy still affects us all today.


Latin Film Night " Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero"

Friday February 14th @ 6:30 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

In El Salvador in the late Seventies, one man was the voice of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the Disappeared - all struggling under the corrupt Salvadoran government. Appointed Archbishop in early 1977, Monseñor Óscar Romero worked tirelessly and in constant personal peril until the day he was assassinated in March 1980.

Romero broke off ties with the military and aligned himself with the poor, delivering messages of hope in weekly sermons which became national events. Encouraging direct action against oppression, Romero's speaking impacted political events in El Salvador that still have meaning to this day.

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Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements

Monday February 10th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Until the Rulers Obey brings together voices from the movements behind the wave of change that swept Latin America at the turn of the twenty-first century. These movements have galvanized long-silent—or silenced—sectors of society: indigenous people, campesinos, students, the LGBT community, the unemployed, and all those left out of the promised utopia of a globalized economy. They have deployed a wide range of strategies and actions, sometimes building schools or clinics, sometimes occupying factories or fields, sometimes building and occupying political parties to take the reins of the state, and sometimes resisting government policies in order to protect their newfound power in community.

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Stress Management Workshop

Thursday January 30th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Got Stress? Come to our stress management workshop!
Learn what we can do to reduce stress and relax.

Vinh Phan will be leading this workshop. He is currently a lecturer at Mission College and a Behavioral Health Instructor at Kaiser Permanente in which he teaches anxiety management, depression management, pathways to stress reduction, and mind body approach to stress management.

Suggested Donation $5-10, no one turned away


Egypt: The Revolution Continues

Friday January 17th @ 6:30 PM

Arab American Cultural Center

Hogue Park, Bldg. 2, 3952 Twilight Drive San Jose, CA 95124 

Three years ago, on 25 January 2011, was launched the most tumultuous popular uprising in Egypt's 7000-year history. But today many believe that Egypt is almost back where it started. Understanding the role of the generals, the nature of state power, the divergent interests of the opposition, and global geopolitics is essential to dissecting the events of the past three years and imagining how to forge an inclusive democratic national consensus.

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Film "Al-Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine"

Sunday January 19th @ 7PM

Presbyterian Church of Sunnyvale

728 W Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale

An African-American choir travels to the West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territories to perform in a play that brings Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights struggle to a Palestinian audience. Dr. Clay Carson, who runs the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute, went to Palestine for the performance of his play about Dr. King by the Palestinian National Theatre. The film brings a fresh perspective to the reality of Palestinian life under occupation and non-violent activists there. 

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Economic Justice Film Series "Call of Life"

Friday January 24th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction is the first feature documentary to investigate the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems from this unprecedented loss of biodiversity. Through interviews with leading scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and indigenous and religious leaders, the film explores the causes, the scope, and the potential effects of the mass extinction, but also looks beyond the immediate causes of the crisis to consider how our cultural and economic systems, along with deep-seated psychological and behavioral patterns, have allowed this situation to develop, continue to reinforce it, and even determine our response to it. 


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