San Jose Peace & Justice Center

"Manufacturing Guilt" Short Film on the Innocence of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Friday September 20th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Manufacturing Guilt- How Philadelphia's Police and DA actively manufactured Mumia's guilt, and suppressed his innocence

Featuring a Q&A conversation via Skype with Rachel Wolkenstein, lawyer for Mumia, and legal consultant on this film.

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Film " War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State"

Thursday September 5th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

In a Democracy, citizens are entitled to the freedom of information and the freedom of the press, but what happens when that democratic government turns its back on the truth and begins to punish those who stand up to falsehood, secrecy, and deception?

Discussion after the film led by Attorney Dan Mayfield of the National Lawyers Guild

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Latin Film Night "The Take"

Friday September 13th @ 6:30 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

The Take is a Canadian documentary film released in 2004 by the wife and husband team of Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. It tells the story of workers in Buenos Aires, Argentina who reclaim control of a closed Forja auto plant where they once worked and turn it into a worker cooperative

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Building a Revolutionary Anarchism Speaking Tour

Saturday August 10th @ 5PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

In 2007, Colin O’Malley traveled from Buffalo, New York to Buenos Aires, Argentina to learn from workers that were taking over their closing-down workplaces to run worker owned and operated cooperatives.

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Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step

Friday August 16th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Devil's Tango is a one-woman whirlwind tour of the nuclear industry written by author Cecile Pineda, seen through the lens of the industrial and planetary crisis unfolding most visibly right now in Japan amid new reports of radiation leaks. 

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Part 2 Film "King, A Filmed Record, Montgomery to Memphis"

Friday August 30th at 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

The second half of the film will be shown this Friday, about 90 mins. long. Originally screened for one night only in 1970 in more than 600 theaters across the United States. This tribute to the late Dr.King. while both a huge artistic and financial success, has essentially been out of public circulation since then. The commemorative DVD has been rereleased in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and to acquaint a new audience both in the United States and throughout the world with an unforgettable chapter of history. It uses only original newsreel and other primary material, unvarnished and unretouched. 

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!Raza Si, Guerra No!- Opposition to War in the Chicano Community

Sunday August 25th at 6:30 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

With the upcoming anniversary of the August 29, 1970 Chicano Moratorium in Los Angeles, the largest antiwar protest ever in the Chicano/Mexicano community, speakers Carlos Montes and Charley Trujillo discuss and reflect on the mobilization of the Chicano community in the sixties and seventies against the Vietnam War and the similarities we see today in the continued targeting of the Latino and other immigrant and minority communities for military service.

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Latin Film Night "The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo"

Friday August 9th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center           

48 South 7th St., San Jose

The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo explores the 20th-century icon who became an international sensation in the worlds of modern art and radical politics. Narrated by actress Rita Moreno

Suggested Donation $5-10

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Film "The House I Live In"



Friday July 26th, 7PM

Locaation: SJPJC-48 South 7th St., San Jose

Winner of Grand Jury Prize, Documentary 2012, Sundance Film Festival

Donation $5-10, no one turned away

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Film "USA vs Al-Arian"

TONIGHT! Friday July 19th @ 7PM

In February 2003, university professor and pro-Palestinian civil rights activist Sami Al-Arian was arrested in Tampa, Florida, charged with providing material support to a terror organization. For two-and-a-half years he was held in solitary confinement, denied basic privileges such as family visitations and given limited access to his attorneys. While the Bush administration considered this a landmark case in its campaign against international terrorism, Sami Al-Arian claims he was targeted in an attempt to silence his political views.

Discussion after the film led by Summer Hararah from Muslim Legal Fund of America


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Brazil: The Left Power in a Capitalist State

Thursday July 18 @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

How has a country comparable in size to the United States performed under the leadership of the Workers' Party? Join Charlotte Casey, Sestilio Testa, and Sharat G. Lin, all of whom have recently returned from Brazil.


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"More Than a Riot" The Joyce Ann Gaines Story

Thursday July 11th @ 7PM
With the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots approaching, filmmakers Dorothy Holford and Leonard Smith present selected scenes from their upcoming documentary "More Than A Riot: The Joyce Ann Gaines Story"

Discussion with filmmakers to follow 

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Latin Film Night "Sin Pais"

Friday July 5th @ 6:30 PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

 Winner of a Student Academy Award  One family's journey dealing with deportation in the U.S.

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Film "Bidder 70"

Friday June 28 @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Winner of 20 awards!

In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice. Follow Tim, Bidder 70, from college student to incarcerated felon. Redefine justice for yourself. Choose your side.

This event is sponsored by Economic Justice Film Series

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Take Back Our Food

NO to Monsanto! NO to GMOs!

Friday June 21 @ 7PM at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center

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Film "Soldiers of Conscience"

June is PTSD awareness month. To bring attention to this very important subject we will be showing the film "Soldiers of Conscience" with a discussion led by Veterans for Peace Chapter 101.

Wednesday June 19th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

48 South 7th Street

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Netroots Nation in San Jose


The eighth annual gathering of Netroots Nation will be held June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The conference will include 80 panels, 40 training sessions, keynote speeches, film screenings and other sessions. The conference is sponsored by Democratic Party-oriented political groups such as MoveOn, Democracy for America, and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, along with unions such as the SEIU, AFSCME, and UFCW.  

According to the conference web site, "The sessions are designed to educate, stimulate and inspire the nation's next generation of progressive leaders."  While a number of sessions are oriented toward electoral politics, others cover topics such as mass incarceration, immigration reform, Islamophobia, drones, gun control, and "America's never-ending global war" (the title of a panel featuring author Jeremy Scahill).

You can browse all the sessions on The Netroots Nation web site and register online for the conference.

High school and college students can register at the youth rate of $95. Activist registration is currently $355.


March Against Monsanto in San Jose

It's time to take back our food!

Join thousands of people who are demonstrating worldmonsanto-wide and let your voice be heard by marching in San Jose on Saturday, May 25th from 10:30am to Noon.

Meet at 10:30am at San Jose State University's Cesar Chavez Arch of Dignity for our march and rally. The starting point is located on 7th Street between San Fernando and San Carlos Streets.
We'll begin with inspiring music, speakers and culture.   10:45 SHARP we march to Cesar Chavez Plaza Park for a rally.

1. Deepen Your Commitment: Boycott Kellogg and stop using RoundUp
2. Learn More about the Issue: Use the non-GMO shopping guide
3. Political Action: Tell Obama to stop protecting Monsanto and support GMO Labeling
4. Find us on FB and join us, "March Against Monsanto - San Jose"

Participating Groups: Green Party of Santa Clara County, Move to Amend, MoveOn, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, Farmworker Families, Womens International League for Peace and Freedom and Sierra Club- Loma Prieta Chapter.


May Day March -- The Time is Now!

May Day 2013 --This is the year -- the time is now!  The annual May Day march on International Workers Day, May 1, takes on a special urgency this year as legislation for comprehensive immigration reform is being prepared in Congress.

In San Jose, marchers will start to gather at 3pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2020 E. San Antonio Street, for a march at 4pm to San Jose City Hall.

May Day 2013 will be an historic day for communities all over the U.S. to turn out in record-breaking numbers to say with one unified voice: 

  • Stop deportations and unify families!
  • Ensure immediate legalization and pathway for citizenship
  • Enforce equal labor rights for all!
To be a part of history and help ensure that these demands are part of any reform legislation, JOIN US!  

For Earth Day: Blue Gold

waterFor Earth Day on April 22, we will screen an important documentary:  "Blue Gold: World Water Wars"

Monday April 22, 2013 at 7pm Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grows. The rampant overdevelopment of agriculture, housing and industry increase the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth.  

Film on Armenian Genocide

olive merchant"Son of the Olive Merchant", a new film about the Armenian genocide, will make its Bay Area debut:

Thursday April 11, 2013 at 7pm, San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

The beautifully artistic feature film mixes animation, investigative film and historic documentary to report what the Turks think about the 1915 tragedy... A film about Armenian Genocide and Turkish denial.

Filmmaker Mathieu Zeitindjioglou will be present at the screening to discuss and answer questions about the film. Born in Versailles, France, Mathieu Zeitindjioglou has won recognition and several festival awards for his film shorts including The Man Who Was Not Hungry, Tell Me About Love, The Philanthropist and the Farm.


Roadmap to Apartheid

roadmapIn this award-winning documentary, the first-time directors take a detailed look at the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Friday March 29 at 7pm, San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

 Narrated by Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), Roadmap to Apartheid is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.


New Documentary: "Enemy Alien"

enemyA Japanese American filmmaker confronts his own family legacy of World War II incarceration as he joins the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a Palestinian-born activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants.

Saturday, March 23 2013, 6:30 pm at the Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

Inspired by his grandfather's unauthorized photographs of life in the camps, filmmaker Konrad Aderer turns the tools of surveillance back on the government, giving audiences an unprecedented glimpse behind the veil of the Homeland Security State.

Discussion after the film led by Masao Suzuki and Zahra Billoo. Masao Suzuki is an Economics Professor at Skyline University and member of Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC). Zahra Billoo is the Executive Director of CAIR- SF Bay Area

Suggested Donation: $5-10 No one turned away for lack of funds

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Gaza Report by Heny Norr

gazaDespite Israel lifting its ban on importing certain items into Gaza and the new Islamist government in Egypt, the Gaza Strip continues to suffer from a suffocating blockade on trade and travel.

Saturday, March 16 2013 at 3:30 pm at the Peace & Justice Center
48 S. 7th St., San Jose

 Special guest Henry Norr, who visited Gaza in December 2012, reports on economic and political conditions in the world’s largerst open-air prison. Formerly a technology journalist, Mr. Norr was fired from the San Francisco Chronicle ten years ago for his daring reporting on Intel’s Fab 18 chip plant in Israel built on disputed land.

Sharat G. Lin also marks the 10th anniversary of the Israeli murder of solidarity activist Rachel Corrie, the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the 25th anniversary of the Iraqi chemical weapons attack on Halabcha.

Suggested donation $5-10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)  

Peace & Rhythm Sunday Afternoon

peace & rhythmSunday April 14 at the Peace & Justice Center, 3 to 5 pm

Trumpeter Tony Perez gathers some friends from South Bay Folks to play some of their original songs.

All are invited to come by the Center to enjoy this free afternoon of peace and rhythm!


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