San Jose Peace & Justice Center

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"

Panelists:
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. 

 
 

Nuclear Free Middle East Report

 

 
 

International Assembly of Migrants & Refugees 4

Friday January 31st @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Community members from the South Bay joined hundreds of migrants, refugees and allies from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America in the International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees which took place on October in New York City. The IAMR-4 is an international grassroots dialogue organized by migrants and refugees in protest against UN neoliberal approaches to migration and development. Please join us to learn more about IAMR4, IMA (International Migrants Alliance) and next steps to further intensify the struggle for migrant rights in the South Bay.

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Latin Film Night "El Rey"

Friday January 10th @ 6:30 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

El Rey tells the story of Pedro Rey, the mythical father of the Colombian cocaine trade. A riveting drama based on true events, the film tracks Rey’s evolution from opportunistic businessman to megalomaniacal drug lord. Recruiting a small-time crook as his supplier, a Peace Corps worker as his North American distributor, and a Marxist revolutionary as his chemist, Rey turns the modest Colombian coke trade into a multinational corporation. The King then sets about protecting his empire by adding a cop and a politician to his team, as well as the buying the loyalty of the local peasants.

Presentation on the history of drug trafficking by Michelle Cordova, President of SJPJC and Writer for La Oferta newspaper.

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Stop the Biggest Corporate Takeover Ever! Stop the TPP!

Thursday December 12th at 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Biggest Corporate Take Over Attempt Ever? Yep. That’s why we need to Stop the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), known as NAFTA on steroids.

Join us to find out more about this secret trade agreement being pushed by US Trade Representatives on 12 countries — but who are they representing? Apparently hundreds of corporations at secret negotiations. Prof. Pamela Samuelson of UC Berkeley Law School said this about TPP, "Our democracy is at risk if these officials can commit the US to a policy that would require Congress to change our laws without the benefit of public debate and input from all affected parties.”

The Fast Track process for the TPP is expected to be pushed on Congress before they adjourn for the Holiday Season. Join us to find out what’s it’s about and how to help Stop Fast Track and dump the TPP.

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Latin Film Night "Hecho en Mexico"

Friday December 13th @ 6:30 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Hecho en Mexico (Made in Mexico) is an inspiring film exploring what it means to be Mexican, and featuring many of the greatest performers and sharpest minds of Mexico today. Starring: Alejandro Fernandez, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Don Cheto, Chavela Vargas, Gloria Trevi, Julieta Venegas, Diego Luna, Ruben Albarran, Natalia LaFourcade, Lupe Espa

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Holiday Peace Fair

Saturday December 14th @ 11AM - 2PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Looking for holiday gifts that are not from mainstream corporations?

Unique gifts, Handicrafts from around the world, Books, Peaceful games & toys, Delightful lunch and homemade desserts.

Enjoy free international dancing and musical entertainment!
Children's room with crafts, games and quiet corner.

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Gaza in Crisis: Eyewitness Report from Eva Bartlett

Sunday December 15th @ 6PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

The situation in Gaza is one of critical importance, and is sadly largely far from the corporate media’s radar. The 1.7 million Palestinians locked under blockade, occupation, and now darkness, in the Gaza Strip suffer from an endless list of preventable–and dangerous– injustices, and have been so suffering for years, at least since 2007.

Eva Bartlett will be speaking on the reality of life in Gaza, including the dangers posed to fishers, farmers (and anyone in the border regions), the numerous and layered aspects of the blockade on Gaza, and the various Israeli wars waged upon the Palestinians of Gaza.

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The Path of Non-violent Resistance in Palestine

Friday December 6th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Barby and Vic Ulmer of our developing world will share the stories of the non violent activists they met in Palestine who are committed to non violence and have been working for years to end the occupation. 

 
 

Label GMO Meeting

Saturday November 23rd @ 2PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Join in! Meet your amazing fellow GMO activists at our meeting. Share non-GMO pot luck goodies! Find out where you can plug in to be most effective, match your inclinations and talents, or learn new skills by working together with others.

 
 

Stress Management Workshop

Thursday Nov. 14th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

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

This workshop is perfect for activists as we typically deal with a lot of stress due to our work which is never ending and can often be frustrating.
 

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Latin Film Night "Violeta Went to Heaven"

Friday Nov. 15th @ 6:30 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Violeta Went to Heaven is a 2011 Chilean biopic about singer and folklorist Violeta Parra, directed by Andrés Wood. The film is based on a biography, written by Ángel Parra, Violeta's son with Luis Cereceda Arenas.

Violeta Parra's revival of Chilean traditional music galvanized a socially and politically committed pan-Latin American folk music movement, the "nueva canción," and became a reference for other Latin American artists committed to their national legacies. 

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The Meaning of Mondragon

Sunday November 17th @ 5PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

With 100,000 workers in 120 cooperatives, no layoffs since 1956 and higher income than Spanish workers, how can we learn from the largest worker-owned cooperatives in the Western world, located in the Basque region of Spain?

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