San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Saul Landau to Screen Cuba Film in SJ

landauNoted filmmaker and author Saul Landau will screen his latest film at the San Jose Peace & Justice Center;

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?

Friday August 3, 2012 at 7pm

SJPJC 48 South 7th St., San Jose

The film chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations. The film highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage at first backed by Washington and then ignored by the very government that launched a "war against terrorism."

Suggested Donation $10.  Dvds of the film will also be for sale at $10 each. Sponsored by San Jose Peace & Justice Center 


LaborFest Comes to San Jose

womenLaborFest,  celebrating the history and culture of working people, has been an annual Bay Area event every July since 1994. Although most events during the month of July take place in San Francisco, this year we hosted five events in San Jose, including:

Monday July 23, 7pm at SJPJC-Migrant Labor in the Arabian Gulf and the Struggle for Democracy, an illustrated talk by Sharat G. Lin discusses the draconian system of migrant labor contracts that systematically denies freedom to the laborers in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

All events are free and open to the public. Donations will be requested.


Cuba Caravan Comes to SJ

cubaThis years Cuba Caravan program will feature report backs from our president Sharat G. Lin and others from Human Agenda's trip to Cuba. (The photo on the right shows the Caravan in San Jose last year.)

Sunday, July 8 from 1 to 3pm, 48 South 7th St.

The Cuba Caravan is hosted annually by Pastors for Peace, who seek to collect funding and material aid and bring it to those in need in Cuba. There are several caravans that will be traveling throughout the U.S. to collect funding and materials, while educating the public on the truth about Cuba and promoting an end to the blockade.

Pastors for Peace is a project of the award-winning Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO).

This is a potluck event, bring your favorite dish! Suggested Donation: $5-10. Sponsored by San Jose Peace & Justice Center and Pastors for Peace


Medicare for All Bus Tour

Medicare for All California - Bus Tour!

What:    Free health screenings - 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
             Town Hall - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

When:   Monday, July 2

Where: Eastside Neighborhood Center 2150 Alum Rock Ave. San Jose
- map and directions here.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that “ObamaCare” is constitutional.  But is this the best we can do? ObamaCare, RomneyCare, what about our care?

Now is the time to protect, improve, and expand Medicare — let’s build support now for Medicare for All!

Friday Film: "Urban Roots"

detroit"When everything collapses, plant your field of dreams." The Friday night film at the Peace & Justice Center this week is "Urban Roots", which covers the urban farming phenomenom in Detroit.

Friday, June 29, 2012 7pm at SJPJC, 48 South 7th

"Urban Roots" is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future. 

Requested donation: $5 - $20. A fundraiser for the Peace & Justice Center.


"Drones, Killing by Remote Control"

medeaMedea Benjamin, peace activist and co-founder of both Global Exchange and Code Pink, will speak about her new book, Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control:

Monday, June 25 2012, 7pm, St. Paul's United Methodist Church--405 S. 10th St. (corner of 10th & San Salvador), San Jose

The book is a comprehensive look at how drones are being used to assassinate people around the world, about the legal and moral implications, and how to build a movement to rein in the drones. It also looks at how drones are coming to local police departments and what that means for our privacy rights.  Requested donation: $10 - $20. The event is a fundraiser for the Peace & Justice Center.


Film: SB1070, The Faces

facesWhat happened in Arizona? The documentary film SB 1070, the Faces shows the steps that led to the worst anti-immigrant legislation in US history and the impact on the people of the state.

Friday, June 8, 2012 at 7pm
SJPJC, 48 South 7th St.
Suggested donation: $10

Director/producer Renato Avalos will lead a discussion about the film. DVDs will be available for sale.



Celebrate WILPF's 97th

wilpfJoin the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) for birthday cake, music by Anne and Phil Pflager, a sing-along with the Raging Grannies -- and a rousing NO to NATO!

 Disarming Garden Party, May 26, 2012
Saturday 2-4 pm, 616 Salberg Avenue, Santa Clara

The party will celebrate WILPF's 97-year history resisting war and the causes of war by highlighting the cartoons of bulbul. The artist, Gen Guracar, will bring along a sample of her latest work. Rain or shine garden party. Bring a friend! RSVP please: 408-243-4359. Sponsored by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-San Jose.


Youth in Egyptian Revolution

egyptWhen the popular uprising began in Egypt on January 25, 2011, young people played a crucial role.

Ahmed Salah will talk about the role of youth in the Egyptian revolution:

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM at SJPJC--48 South 7th Street, San Jose

Ahmed Salah was a co-founder of the Kefaya Movement (Egyptian Movement for Change) and the April 6th Youth Movement. Arrested during the first days of the uprising, he faced arrest again on the first anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. Now in exile in the U.S., he provides insight on what lies ahead in Egypt's struggle for democracy, dignity, and socio-economic justice.

Suggested donation: $5-10 (no one turned away)


Palestinian Cultural Day

flagThe 11th annual Palestinian Cultural Day:

 Tuesday, May 15 from 4 to 5pm
at the Santa Clara County Government Center
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95110 

Join the South Bay Palestinian community in the celebration featuring: Flag Raising and Proclamation followed by a Reception with Palestinian cuisine. Guest speaker will be Hala Gabriel, a Los Angeles based filmmaker. This event is free and open to the public, Wheelchair accessible.


Carlos Montes Fundraiser

The South Bay Committee Against Political Repression (SBCAPR) is hosting a silent art auction featuring Bay Area artists to raise money for the legal and organizing defense of Carlos Montes.

Saturday, May 12, 1 to 4 pm
Pomegranate Cafe, 221 East San Fernando Street, San José

There will also be music including hip hop artists and food available for sale by the Pomegranate Cafe. Donation $5 to $20 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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May Day 2012

may day"A Day Without the 99%" is the theme of May Day 2012 with a rally at King & Story followed my a march to City Hall:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 -- rally starts 3pm at King & Story; march to City Hall starts 4pm

The coalition organizing the rally and march includes the Affordable Housing Network, All-African Revolutionary People's Party, Anakbayan SV, Asian Law Alliance, Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet, CHAM, Californians for Justice, Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy, Fifth Element, Human Agenda, Laborers Local 270, Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County, MAIZ, PAWIS, People for Education, San Jose Peace & Justice Center, SEIU 521, SEIU USWW, SJSU MEChA, SJ/SV NAACP, South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, South Bay Unity Group, Student Advocates for Higher Education, SV De-bug, UFCW 5, Unite Here Local 19, Voluntarios de la Comunidad


Film: Bahrain, Shouting in the Dark

bahrainA remarkable documentary about the Arab revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West, and forgotten by the world-- Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark will be shown at the Peace & Justice Center:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 7pm
Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

 With extraordinary footage shot entirely undercover by Al Jazeera English's May Ying Welsh, the one-hour documentary was awarded the George Polk Award for TV documentary, the Scripps Howard award for in-depth TV reporting, and the 2011 U.K. Foreign Press Association's Documentary of the Year Award. Sponsored by San Jose Code Pink. Requested donation: $10.


Are Americans in Line for Gitmo?

rayFormer CIA analyst Ray McGovern will address the question "Are Americans in line for Gitmo?"  during a talk at the Peace & Justice Center:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7pm
SJPJC, 48 S. 7th St.
Requested donation: $10 - $20

Though the 9/11 attacks occurred more than a decade ago, Congress continues to exploit them to pass evermore harsh laws on "terrorism," with the Senate now empowering the military to arrest people on U.S. soil and hold them without trial, a serious threat to American liberties.  Ray McGovern describes how ambiguous but alarming new wording, which is tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and was just passed by the Senate, is reminiscent of the "extraordinary measures" introduced by the Nazis after they took power in 1933.

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US-Israeli Assault on Iran

iranAn upcoming event at the Peace & Justice Center will highlight the growing danger of war:

 Dr. Stephen Zunes & Larry Everest Speak on U.S.-Israeli Assault on Iran

Thursday, April 5 2012 at 7pm-- SJPJC, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

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End the kllings, end the war!

afghanIn response to the recent massacre of Afghan civilians and the ongoing horrors of the 10-year war and occupation of their country, Afghans in the Bay Area are organizing a protest at the Army Recruiting Center in Fremont:

Friday, March 30, 2012, 4 to 6pm

39194 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont

No more kllings, no more apologies! End US war and militarism! Let's show the the world that Afghans and Americans are united and that 10 years of senseless unnecessary war are enough!

Organized by Afghans for Peace, autonomous Afghans, and SF Bay Area Iraq Veterans Against the War


Occupy Lockheed Martin

On Good Friday, the Pacific Life Community is planning to have a significant "Occupy Lockheed Martin" nonviolent witness for peace and an end to nuclear weapons:

Friday, April 6 2012, gather at 10am at Bay Trail (Caribbean Dr. and Borregas Ave.) for readings, music and march to Lockheed Martin gates (Mathilda and Java) for vigil at 11 am.

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SAHE to receive Peace & Justice Award

SAHEStudent Advocates for Higher Education will receive the Gertrude Welch Peace & Justice Award in a program at San Jose State University:

Monday, March 12 2012 from 4:00 to 5:30pm in the Engineering Building Auditorium followed by a 6pm reception at the Peace & Justice Center

Featured speakers are Congressional representatives Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda.

SAHE members, including many undocumented students, courageously advocated in public for the DREAM act, for sustained state funding for higher education and humane immigration reform.

DIRECTIONS TO ENGINEERING BUILDING (See campus map):  Using the 7th & San Fernando entrance to campus (El Paseo de Cesar Chavez), the Engineering Building is the first building on your left as you enter campus.


Protest the ICBM Test Launch!

vandenbergOn Friday evening, February 24, anti-nuke protesters will head south to Lompoc, CA on the Green Tortoise Bus to join a midnight rally outside the gates of Vandenberg Air Force Base. That night the Air Force will launch a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from Vandenberg, targetting an atoll in the Marshall Islands. The launch is part of the US nuclear weapons program and will test the capability of the ICBM to deliver a hydrogen bomb.

The Green Tortoise will head south from Oakland on Friday evening (February 24), stopping in San Jose at the Diridon Caltrain Station at 6:30 pm and will return from Lompoc by 6am on Saturday morning. A limited number of seats are available on the bus and the requested donation is $40 but no one will be refused a seat. To reserve a seat, contact MacGregor Eddy: macgregoreddy at You must reserve a seat; no last-minute joiners!

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Meet Carlos Montes

carlosCarlos Montes is a former Brown Beret and long-time anti-war and equal rights activist in Los Angeles, being targeted for his political activities by the FBI. In May of 2011, Montes' house was raided by armed FBI agents, who literally broke down his door, ransacked his house, nd confiscated his computer and other private possessions. Montes was arrested and falsely charged with violating firearms regulations, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Learn more at a reception and program featuring Carlos Montes:

Sunday, February 19, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
at the San Jose Peace Center, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

 $5 - $10 Donation requested to go to Carlos' defense (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). Light Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the South Bay Committee Against Political Repression (SBCAPR), the San José Peace and Justice Center, and MAÍZ.


Update -- Label GMOs

gmpsEighty percent of packaged food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The right to know what's in the food we're eating is the basis for a campaign to put a measure on the California ballot in November that would require labeling of foods with GMOs.

Petitions are available at the Peace & Justice Center. Volunteers are needed to help gather signatures!


March and Rally for IWD

iwdThe Third Annual International Womyn's Day celebration will take begin with a march:

Saturday, March 3 at San Jose City Hall

Gather at 11:30 to march at noon to Washington Youth Center at South First and Oak Streets (behind Biblioteca Latinoamericana) for a rally and resource fair, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The resource fair will feature performers, speakers, and a children's fair with face painting and arts and crafts activities.


Book Talk this Sunday: Scapegoat

scapegoatThe author of "SCAPEGOAT: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper" will speak at the Peace & Justice Center this Sunday about the case of Kevin Cooper who is currently on San Quentin's Death Row:

Sunday, February 12, 2:00 pm at SJPJC, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

Kevin Cooper was convicted of the brutal murders of a Chino Hills, California family and a young houseguest in 1985 and has been on death row at San Quentin since then. SCAPEGOAT shows how the sheriff's office and the district attorney's office of San Bernardino County framed Cooper for these horrific murders and how the justice system has failed him at almost every turn in his long, drawn-out appeal process.


Corporations are not People!

mtaJanuary 20th is the 2nd aniversary of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision, which defined money as speech, and gave corporations the right to spend unlimited money on poitical campaigns.

Protest this decision and help kick off the campaign to take back our democracy:

Friday, Jan. 20, 2011 at 12 noon

St. James Park across from the Old Courthouse, 161 N. First St., San Jose

1pm March to the District Court and Occupy San Jose for a General Assembly

The event is sponsored by Santa Clara County Move to Amend, a non-partisan democratic movement to protect our constitutional and human rights and take individual responsibility for ourselves and our country.


29th Annual Holiday Peace Fair

The 29th Annual Holiday Peace Fair will be held on

Saturday, December 3, 10am to 4pm
Willow Glen Methodist Church, 1420 Newport Ave.

The Fair will feature non-violent toys, books and games, international handcrafts, Fair Trade coffee and cocoa, and political T-shirts and buttons. Vendors are South Bay peace and justice groups. Homebaked desserts and inexpensive lunch are available


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