San Jose Peace & Justice Center


heistCome enjoy good food and company at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center's fundraiser showing of "HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream?" Featuring a performance by the Raging Grannies who are also shown in the film!

Saturday, September 8 2012 at Teamster Hall 1452 N. 4th St., San Jose

Dinner 6pm--Potluck followed by Raging Grannies' sing-along. Film at 7pm. $5 admission for those who bring a dish that serves five people, $10 Regular Admission.  Children under 12 are free

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Film showing: GASLAND

Oscar-nominated documentary with new relevance:

Gasland -- Friday, August 31 2012 at SJPJC, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

According to the non-profit public interest law firm Earth Justice, "Fracking in California has yet to begin in earnest, but that could soon change. In Monterey County, Officials have given a green light to Denver-based oil company Venoco to drill exploratory wells in the Hames Valley using fracking technology. The area has long been home to plenty of oil drilling and a new boom could be on its way, thanks to fracking. Oil and gas companies are also eyeing the large tracts of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land with mineral rights over the Monterey Shale formation.

"The Monterey Shale Formation, which federal energy officials estimate contains nearly two-thirds of the nation's shale oil reserves, runs east of Highway 101, stretching from Santa Clara County through the Central Valley to Ventura County."

Requested donation: $5 - $10


Film: "Reel Injun, on the Trail of the Hollywood Indian"

reelTravelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of "the Injun" has influenced the world's understanding - and misunderstanding - of Natives.

Friday, August 24, 2012 7pm atSJPJC, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose

Requested donation: $5 - $10.Discussion after the film will be led by Native American activist Kanyon Sayers-Roods.


Vandenberg Protesters Prep for Court

vandPast and upcoming protests at Vandenberg Air Force Base / Space Command near Santa Barbara CA will be the focus of a program sponsored by Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF).

Friday, August 17 at SJPJC, 48 S. 7th St, San Jose

Potluck at 6 pm
Program at 7 pm

MacGregor Eddy will give an update  on plans for the Oct. 17 trial of the 15  peace protesters arrested at the Feb. 25 test launch of a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg Space Command to the Kwajalein atoll.

Susan Crane of the Trident Ploughshares action is returning to prison (Dublin) for non compliance with probation. She will be walking from Lockheed-Martin in Sunnyvale to Dublin to report on Aug. 22.
The new director of operations from WILPF's Boston office will be in attendance at the program.


Debunking the War on Terror

Dr. Paul Rea, author of "Mounting Evidence, Why We Need a New Investigation into 9/11"  will deconstruct the Global War on Terror — a flimsy house of cards if ever there were one — and thus will deny Washington its pretext for endless wars.

Thursday, August 09 2012 @ 07:00 PM at the Peace & Justice Center

The talk will provide ways to oppose not only aggression abroad but also repression at home, including toxic Islamophobia.

Dr. Paul W. Rea has taught humanities at Ohio State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and St. Mary's College of California. Now a full-time researcher and writer, Dr. Rea focuses on political, peace and environmental issues. 


Take Action at Hyatt Santa Clara

hyattThe Hyatt Santa Clara campaign is commemorating the 4th Anniversary this year. Hyatt Santa Clara workers began the campaign in 2008 when they publicly demanded a Fair Process to choose the Union and in 2011 the Boycott of the Hyatt Santa Clara was launched.

 Saturday, July 28th from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Hyatt Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway Santa Clara

The Hyatt Santa Clara campaign is commemorating the 4th Anniversary this year. Hyatt Santa Clara workers began the campaign in 2008 when they publicly demanded a Fair Process to choose the Union and in 2011 the Boycott of the Hyatt Santa Clara was launched.

Click the image to vote Hyatt the worst employer in America.

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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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