San Jose Peace & Justice Center

Caravans Converge on Bakersfield to Press For a Path to Citizenship


By Sharat G. Lin
The grassroots campaign for comprehensive immigration reform ramped up in California during the Congressional recess with bus and car caravans to Bakersfield to urge Congressman Kevin McCarthy to support a vote in the House on a path to citizenship. A noisy crowd of people from all over the state rallied in front of Mr. McCarthy’s office while negotiators met inside. The caravan is but one of many happening through the beginning of September.
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March Against Monsanto in San Jose

  Saturday May 25, 2013 -- over 300 people march from SJSU campus to Plaza de Cesar Chavez as part of the Worldwide March Against Monsanto

Large Turnout on May Day

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Fifteen thousand marchers took to the streets of San Jose on May First with demands for comprehensive immigration reform and workers' rights.  

On Air: Beware the Emergency Fiscal Manager

The Peace & Justice Center's TV show 48South7th is broadcast on Tuesday evenings at 8pm on Comcast Channel 15 in San Jose and Campbell. This month we are rerunning a favorite, "Beware the Emergency Fiscal Manager, a Cautionary Tale from Benton Harbor Michigan"

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Brazil Prepares for May Day

viadutoby Sharat G. Lin
reporting from São Paulo

A week before May First, the scaffolding for the sound stage for a huge celebration of International Workers' Day is already being erected in a huge park in the heart of São Paulo.

A team of trade union activists begins training from professional mountain climbers to rappel down from a bridge over the Vale do Anhangabaú. It will be part of the opening celebration of May Day in Brazil's largest city of over 20 million people.

The elaborate preparations show what is possible when a celebration enjoys official support by the trade union federations and the federal government. Brazil has been governed by the Workers Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores or PT) ever since Luís Inácio Lula da Silva was first elected president in 2002. His successor, Dilma Rousseff, continues the policies of PT, including suppport for trade unionism and labor rights.



On Air: The Vietnam War: Has it Ended?

vietnamThis month's production from the 48South7th team, The Vietnam War: Has It Ended?,  is available online and on TV. Comcast Channel 15 in San Jose and Campbell broadcasts 48South7th every Tuesday at 8pm.

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

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Corporations Are Not People!


Rally to Save the Safety Net

Rally held on December 10 organized 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.



Panel: Drones in Pakistan

Toby Blome of Code Pink speaks as part of a report-back from a trip to Pakistan made by American anti-drone activists. She spoke on December 5 at the Peace & Justice Center.


ON AIR: Saving Social Security

SSIYoung workers and retirees in San Jose look at the facts behind the hype. While President Obama's deficit reduction commission is proposing to reduce payments, raise the retirement age or put the funds in the stock market, there's a much fairer, simpler solution to the long-term health of Social Security - raise the cap on payroll deductions. This show taped in 2010 raises ideas not yet implemented by the government.
Comcast Channel 15 viewers can watch on Tuesdays at 8pm. Everyone can watch online at

Stop the Killing in Gaza!

childFrom the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation:

Since November 8, Israel has killed at least 108 Palestinians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip, the majority of whom are civilians, including children. In addition, 3 Israeli civilians have been killed by a Palestinian rocket.

Israel's attacks against the Gaza Strip are being committed with U.S. weapons given to Israel as military aid by the U.S. taxpayer. These weapons are being misused by Israel in violation of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act to commit grave human rights abuses of Palestinians.

Write and call President Obama at 202-456-1111 and demand that he exert diplomatic pressure on Israel for an immediate cease-fire and initiate an investigation into Israel's violations of U.S. weapons laws.


Armistice Day Peace Ceremony

November 11, 2012 at 11 am, San Jose....Veterans for Peace Cnapter 101 holds bell-ringing ceremony to commemorate November 11 as Armistice Day, a day to focus on ending the horror of war, not celebrating it.

ON AIR: Occupy the Economy

occupyDrawing on the work of economist Richard Wolff, co-author David Barsamian probes the root causes of the current economic crisis, its unjust social consequences and what can and should be done to turn things around. While others blame corrupt bankers and unregulated speculators or the government or even the poor who borrowed, the authors show that the causes of the crisis run much deeper. You can watch Tuesdays in November at 8 pm Ch. 15 CreaTV and on the web at  

WILPF Ballot Recommendations

WILPFThe San Jose chapter of Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) urges the following votes for the Nov. 6 California ballot propositions.

YES on Prop 30 - temporary education tax

NO on Prop 31 - state taxes and local government

NO on Prop 32 - bans union payroll deductions for political purposes

NO on Prop 33 - auto insurance pricing

YES on Prop 34 - repeal of death penalty

NO on Prop 35 - human trafficking penalties

YES on Prop 36 - revises three strikes law

YES on Prop 37 - label GMOs

NO on Prop 38 - tax for education

YES on Prop 39 - multi-state business tax

YES on Prop 40 - keeps the State Senate Districts drawn by the Citizen's Commission in 2011


ON AIR: Challenging Corporate Personhood

capitolOctober's video from takes us to the streets of San Jose and an imaginary courtroom to confront the historical roots of the corporate takeover of the US. Activists protested at the Santa Clara County Courthouse on the anniversary of the landmark case setting a "precedent" for corporate rights that have led to a takeover of the political system as well as the economy. In his play, "Judge Waite and Corporate Personhood," William Barrett of San Jose State University exhumes the chief justice to face charges.

View at 8 pm Tuesdays on CreaTV-San Jose (Comcast Channel 15 in San Jose) or on the web in October on the 48South7th YouTube channel.


On Air: Do You Know What You're Eating?

labelThe latest video from the 48South7th project is Do You Know What You're Eating? Scientists employed by Monsanto, Dow and other corporations are altering  the genetic makeup of food plants, usually to withstand heavy doses of pesticides. Learn about the campaign to pass Proposition 37, Californians' Right to Know what's in our food.

The video screens every Tuesday in September at 8pm on Comcast San Jose public access Channel 15. It can also be viewed on our 48South7th YouTube channel.



From Lockheed to Lockup

susanSunday, August 19, 2012, Sunnyvale, CA....The Peace Walk for Nuclear Disarmament: From Lockheed to Lockup got underway today in front of Lockheed Martin.  The group received a blessing by Father Louis Vitale and held a short vigil in front of the plant that is responsible for the Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles that are deployed on the Trident submarines. Anti-nuclear weapons protester Susan Crane of the Trident Ploughshares action is required to turn herself in to the federal prison in Dublin on Wednesday for non-compliance with probation. Supporters will accompany her on the walk from Sunnyvale to Dublin.  

In the photo, Jim Haber of Nevada Desert Experience gives Susan Crane a scarf from Afghanistan peace activists. For more details about how you can join or support the walk, click here.


Downtown Health Clinic Opens

rozThe photo shows Roz Dean addressing the crowd that attended the opening of the new Gardner Health Clinic in downtown San Jose on Thursday,  August  9.  Roz and her late husband Al Traugot were among the leaders of the Coalition for a Downtown Hospital, which led the fight against the closure of the San Jose Medical Center and the subsequent struggle to ensure that the city and county came up with a solution for the health care needs of the downtown community.

Roz told the Mercury News, "This is the beginning of health care services developing in the heart of our downtown San Jose ... services that San Jose needs and deserves. We thank all of the community support, the elected and appointed officials and community leaders that stood by us, mentored and guided us.  With this continued support, we can continue to grow and reach our goals.''


Reckoning with Torture Project

no tortureOn Sunday, July 15 2012 members of Veterans for Peace Chapter 101 and members of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center met to record video for the Reckoning with Torture project, a collaborative film project that uses documents about the US use of torture obtained by the ACLU to examine the human cost of torture.

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May Day March 2012

cfjClose to one thousand people of all ages and nationalities and walks of life marched from King & Story Roads to San Jose City Hall to commemorate May Day, International Workers Day. The photo shows the Californians for Justice contingent of high school students marching with their banner.

Calpulli Tonalehqueh Aztec Dancers welcomed the marchers to City Hall, followed by a people's assembly organized by the South Bay Unity Group.


Nonviolent Direct Action at Lockheed Martin

Sunnyvale, CA, April 6, 2012...Members of the Pacific Life Community engage in civil disobedience by blocking traffic at the Lockheed Martin facility in Sunnyvale. Five people were arrested and detained at the Sunnyvale Police Department. After processing, they were released and told to appear on May 18, which may be changed at the court's discretion.

The letter that they handed to Lockheed representatives said in part, "We hold "Crime Scene" tape as a symbol, recognizing a growing resistance in this country to the manufacture and deployment of a nuclear weapon system, the Trident D5, which is among the world's most horrifying means of mass destruction. Its cost, with other weapons in our corporate-Pentagon alliance, sucks the life out of an economy that is failing the citizens of this country. For its producers and for all who are tacitly complicit, we pray for both forgiveness and conversion."


SAHE Receives Welch Award

By Sharat G. Lin, posted on IndyBay on March 22, 2012...Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE) was honored in March for the service, activism, tenacity, and courage of its student members.

The San José Peace and Justice Center presented its 2012 Gertrude Welch Peace and Justice Award to Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE) at an award ceremony at San José State University on March 12, 2012. Congressional Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda joined in giving the award, and presented their own Congressional Commendations to SAHE.

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Afghans for Peace Rally

Fremont, CA, March 30, 2012...Rallying in front of the Military Recruiting Center in Fremont, Afghans for Peace and other protesters demanded an immediate end to the US occupation of Afghanistan. They succeeded in shutting down the recruiting center and then took to the streets.  With banners, signs, bullhorns and chants of "Justice For Afghanistan, Justice for Trayvon" marchers blocked traffic on major Fremont streets for 15 minutes before the Fremont police arrived to push marchers onto the sidewalks.

2012 International Women's Day March

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Scenes from March 3  March and Rally for International Women's Day


Fired Hyatt Workers Speak Out on IWD

March 8, 2012. Santa Clara CA..Martha Reyes, who along with her sister Lorena, was fired by Santa Clara Hyatt hotel, speaks out at a rally in front of the hotel on International Women's Day, March 8 2012. Over 200 workers and supporters picketed the hotel to demand that Martha and Lorena be rehired and that the Hyatt treat its workers with respect.  Their story is here -- sign the petition!

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