San Jose Peace & Justice Center

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 Narrated by Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), Roadmap to Apartheid is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an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


The Vietnam War -- Has It Ended?

Vietnam welcomSixties-era peace activists who traveled to Hanoi during the Viet Nam war will report on their recent return to Vietnam on the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement. They will reflect on their experience then, Vietnam today and the impact of the war on their lives and on the Vietnamese people.

Tuesday March 5 2013 at 7pm
San Jose Peace & Justice Center
48 S. 7th St., San Jose

In the photo, delegation member Frank Joyce and Mr. Vu Xuan Hong, President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations
Judy Gumbo Albert  was an original member of the Yippies in Chicago, 1968.  In 1970, Judy met with representatives of North Vietnam in Montreal, Stockholm, Paris and Cuba, and visited North Vietnam as part of a Yippie women’s delegation.
Mary Anne Barnett dropped out of law school when the US invaded Cambodia in 1970.  She ended up becoming involved in bringing union rights for herself and her coworkers in a non union electronics plant and has focused her work on union activism since that time.
Frank Joyce was active in the People’s Peace Treaty, the Indo China Peace campaign and traveled to Hanoi in the spring of 1970. He served for twelve years as the communications director for the United Auto Workers Union and is an award winning journalist in print, radio and television.  

Who Profits from the Occupation?

dalitDr. Dalit Baum, Middle East Director of the American Friends Service Committee, will provide information on corporate profiteering from the Iraeli occupation of Palestine, with a focus on specific companies of interest to South Bay citizens. These include Soda Stream, HP, Lockheed, Veolia and the TIAA Cref campaign.

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7pm Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
728 W. Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale

This event is sponsored by San Jose and Peninsula WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom,) Jewish Voice for Peace, Pilgrims of Ibillin and Social Justice Committee, both of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, and San Jose Peace & Justice Center.


Latin Film Night: Harvest of Empire

harvestBased on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González, "Harvest of Empire" takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.

Friday February 8 2013 at 7pm
San Jose Peace & Justice Center
48 S. 7th St., San Jose



Veterans for Peace Film Night

vfpVeterans for Peace Chapter 101 sponsors a film night featuring a powerful documentary:

"Authority and Expectations"
Friday Feb.1 at 7pm
The Peace & Justice Center
48 South 7th St., San Jose

Veteran Wray Harris speaks to the tragedy of Iraq and the war that continues to rage in those that make it back in a very powerful video by film maker Ken Lori.

As a young man, Wray Harris fought in Baghdad and realized a new set of ideals through experience and observation. Diagnosed with PTSD, suffering depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, snorting medications, overdosing on methadone, now discharged, Wray Harris speaks to the tragedy of sectarian conflict, casualty sites, soldier suicides, the myth of reintegration and the war that rages forever in the ones that make it back.

Strong language…for mature audiences.  This event is sponsored by Veterans for Peace Chapter 101  

Film on Palestine: 5 Broken Cameras

camerasPresenting a new documentary, a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.

Thursday January 3, 2013 at 7pm
San Jose Peace & Justice Center
48 S. 7th St., San Jose.

Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. 

Special guest speaker: Iyad Burnat, brother of the filmmaker and head of the Bil'in Popular Committee and a leader in the village's non-violent popular resistance movement.

Requested donation: $10 - $20. Sponsored by San Jose Peace & Justice Center and Jewish Voice for Peace.


Rally to Save the Safety Net

ZOEA vigil and noontime rally will be held December 10 in front of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren’s office to support her pledge to save Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Monday, Dec. 10 at Lofgren's office, 635 N. First St., San Jose

Unscrupulous politicians are now using a fictitious “fiscal cliff” to intimidate Congress into dismantling the safety net programs that millions rely on to survive. America’s budget problems can easily be solved by making banks and corporations to pay their taxes just like the rest of us do.

Please join us in setting up tents on Congresswoman Lofgren’s office lawn at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 10. We will hold a vigil there all day and rally at 12 noon. We intend to ensure that Congress does not back down an inch from defending these programs that are supported by 70% of the American people.


This event is sponsored by Low-Income Self-Help Center, California Alliance of Retired Americans, Silicon Valley Independent Living Center, SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network), South Bay Labor Council, Voluntarios de la Comunidad.


Egypt: The Art of Revolution

shartSJCC Community Arts & Lectures Program presents: Dr. Sharat G. Lin recounts his experiences in the last four years in the uniquely Egyptian "art of revolution" and its lessons for us.

Thursday, Dec, 6 at 6:30 pm at San Jose City College, Technology Bldg. 4th floor auditorium (corner of Moorpark & Bascom)

The roots of the Egyptian Revolution go back to a decade of simmering worker and student unrest under "emergency" law. The popular uprising of January 2011 that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak was just the beginning of a long struggle with military rule and political Islam, but it also set into motion an explosion of political activism, loss of fear, and artistic creativity.  

Dr. Lin is president of the San José Peace and Justice Center. He writes on global political economy, the Middle East, South Asia, labor migration, and public health.

Prof. Merylee Shelton, founder of the Community Arts and Lecture Program, will moderate The program is free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. 


Panel: Drones in Pakistan

drnesJoin us for a report back and discussion on the U.S. Drone Wars in Pakistan from a delegation that was recently there.

Wednesday, December 5 at 7pm, Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

Speakers were part of a US delegation of 34 Americans to Pakistan. They found that drones are actually jeopardizing our security by spreading hatred of Americans and sowing the seeds of violence for decades to come.  

 Speakers: Joe Lombardo, UNAC Co-National Coordinator; Leah Bolger, National President, Veterans for Peace; Toby Blome and Dianne Budd, CodePink


30th Annual Holiday Peace Fair

granniesLooking for holiday gifts that are not from mainstream corporations? Stop on by our 30th annual holiday peace fair!

Saturday, December 01 2012 from 11:00 AM - - 04:00PMatCampbell United Methodist Church. 1675 Winchester Blvd,Campbell 

Shop for unique gifts, handcrafts made all over the world, peaceful games, toys, books and homemade desserts. Enjoy free international dancing and musical entertainment! Childrens entertainment available as well.

$2 donation at the door, kids get in for free. For more info call 408-297-2299 or email Sponsored by San Jose Peace and Justice Center and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - San Jose Branch.

MCs: Annie and Phil Pflager
Welcome: Annie and the Vets
11:30 Tumba (women's conga drum group)
12:15 San Jose Peace Chorale
1:00 Raging Grannies
1:45 Redd Welsh
2:30 Hala Dance and Karavansary (Middle Eastern Dance)
3:15 El Grito de la Cultura (Children's Mexican Folk Dance)
Closing Annie and the Vets


The Reality of Climate Change

climateClimate change is already happening in our world, all around us, and we need to do something about it!

Meagan Fluke Medeiros will discuss this issue:

The Reality of Climate Change Friday Nov. 16 at 7pm at the Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

Megan graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University in 2008 and has worked for the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter in the Silicon Valley since 2009. She supports grassroots teams of volunteers working to make their communities more climate friendly on the local and regional level, namely through improving land use & transportation planning, energy efficiency, and reduced waste.

If you want to make a positive impact in this world but haven't figured out how, let's talk!


Armistice Day Peace Ceremony

Veterans for Peace Chapter 101 invites those with a personal or organizational commitment to peace to join us in the ringing of bells on the morning of November 11 to focus on the desire to end the horror of war rather than celebrate it.

Sunday November 11 at 11 a.m. 4th & Santa Clara Streets, San Jose

Veterans for Peace chapters across the nation are meeting on street corners in major cities to celebrate the original ARMISTICE DAY by ringing bells 11 times at 11:00 on November 11 as as was done at the end of World War I, when the world came together in realization that war is so horrible we must end it now.

After the solemn gathering, the 11am bell ringing and a minute of silence there will be an opportunity to address the gathering with personal reflections. Banners and signs are fine but it would be best if the ambience were more reserved until after the bell is rung.

This event is sponsored by Co-Sponsored by the San Jose Peace and Justice Center, Woman's International League for Peace and Freedom, Code Pink, Move to Amend


Stop Political Repression with Hatem Abudayyeh

hatemHatem Abudayyeh, a Palestinian anti-war activist from Chicago and founder of the Palestine Solidarity Group. will speak in San Jose:

Sunday October 28 at 6:30pm, SJPJC 48 S. 7th St

Hatem is one of 22 activists who were raided by the FBI in 2010 and were subpoenaed and scheduled to be brought before a Grand Jury while having not been charged of anything. He was targeted by the FBI for having made a trip to Palestine and giving aid to a Palestinians women's organization that helps build daycares and kindergartens.

To date, none of the activists have been arrested or charged of any wrong doing. Hatem is still battling a case as he has been unable to get his belongings back from the FBI.

Suggested Donation $5-10, no one turned away for lack of funds. Sponsored by the South Bay Committee Against Political Repression 


Do we really have democracy?

Is the United States really a democracy? Is the two-party system a two-party dictatorship? Are there fundamental differences between the Democratic and Republican Parties? How does the U.S. electoral system compare with those of other countries?

Friday October 19 at 7 pm at the Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St., SJ

What is the proper role of government? Should health care be privatized or public? What drives the Federal government to increasingly fund national security over social security?

These are among the many questions to be discussed in a forum led by Sharat G. Lin. Dr. Lin is president of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. He writes on global political economy, the Middle East, labor migration, and public health.


Timely Film: We're Not Broke!

brokeWE'RE NOT BROKE is the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam, and how seven fed-up Americans from across the country, take their frustration to the streets . . . and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share.

Friday, October 26, 7pm at the Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

Sponsored by EDGE for Economic Justice.
America is in the grip of a societal economic panic. Lawmakers cry "We're Broke!" as they slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers and firefighters, crumbling our country's social fabric and leaving many Americans scrambling to survive. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar American corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of America are making record profits. And while the deficit climbs and the cuts go deeper, these corporations-with intimate ties to our political leaders-are concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. income tax.  

Hydropolitics in Israel and Palestine

Israel-Palestine has scant water resources, but now with the current strife water is dramatic mirror of power relationships. Through an examination of water in various settings-- small Palestine villages and the Gaza strip-- along with large cities shared by Israeli and Arabs-- Haifa and Jerusalem-- Skip Schiel portrays a very difficult-to-visualize topic.

Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm at the SJ Peace & Justice Center

Skip Schiel is a photographer, writer, and political activist, currently based in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA. Since 2003, his main emphasis has been on the troubles in Palestine and Israel.


Film: "Into the Abyss"

abyssAs Californians get the chance to vote on repealing the death penalty (Prop 34), we are screening the latest film from famed director Werner Herzog:

Friday, October 12, 2012 7pm at the Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

We do not know when and how we will die. Death Row inmates do. Werner Herzog embarks on a dialogue with Death Row inmates, asks questions about life and death and looks deep into these individuals, their stories, their crimes.

The film will also be screened in Fremont as part of the Tri-City Documentary Series:

Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1:30 pm at Niles Discovery Church, 255 H. St., Fremont


Gaza's Ark with Col. Ann Wright

annFormer Army Colonel and U.S. Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ann Wright, will speak about an important project that is underway in Gaza:

Monday October 8, 6pm

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 728 W. Fremont Av., Sunnyvale

Gaza’s Ark will build a boat in Gaza. A crew of internationals and Palestinians will sail it out of Gaza carrying Palestinian products to fulfill trade deals with international buyers. Col. Ann Wright will report on the latest effort to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Reception and refreshments at 6 pm; Talk begins at 7 pm. Fundraiser for Gaza’s Ark: suggested donation $15-30.

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Film: "The Crisis of Civiliization"

watchThe Economic Justice Film Series presents:

"The Crisis of Civilization", Friday, September 28 2012 at 7pm at the Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

The Crisis of Civilization is a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.

Weaving together archival film footage and animations, film-maker Dean Puckett, animator Lucca Benney and international security analyst Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed offer a stunning wake-up call proving that ‘another world’ is not merely possible, but on its way. Also featuring clowns, car crashes, explosions, acrobats, super heroes, xylophones and much, much more.


Peace & Justice Film Festival

projectorA 3-day film festival will highlight half-hour videos from our 48South7th video project:

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday September 21 - 23, 2012  

Each showing has two half-hour films, followed by Q & A. The film makers will be present for the screenings. 

Friday at 7:00 PM: Inside Mexico's Drug War: Parts 1 and 2 Investigative journalists John Gibler  and Diego Osorno take us inside the drug war in Mexico, revealing the facts behind the popularized versions of the violence.

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Book Talk -- "Occupy the Economy"

barsamianAuthor David Barsamian will be here to speak on his new book "Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism", co-authored with Richard Wolff

Monday, September 10 at 7:00 pm
San José Peace and Justice Center
48 South 7th Street

David Barsamian is director of Alternative Radio and author of many interview books, including Targeting Iran. One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging journalists, he has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio program and with his books, with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Edward Said, Eqbal Ahmad, and Arundhati Roy. His articles and interviews appear in The Progressive, The Sun, and other journals.

Suggested donation $5-10


Panel on Cuba

cubaA panel of speakers will explore the economic reforms started and proposed in Cuba along with the practice of socialist democracy, which has deeply engaged the entire population.

Socialist Project in a Capitalist World
Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 PM
Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

Panelists: Roger Harris, David Oberweiser, Richard Hobbs, Sharat G. Lin, and with Kathleen Densmore moderating will report back from their research visits to Cuba in June. All welcome  Suggested donation: $5-10 (no one turned away)

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