San Jose Peace & Justice Center

SJPJC Speakers Bureau

speakerOur Speakers Bureau provides speakers on topics related to peace and justice who can address audiences at schools, clubs, or house parties. Our list of speakers includes:
 Sharat G. Lin, PhD is the president of the San José Peace & Justice Center. He writes and speaks on global political economy, the Middle East, India, and labor migration. He is available to speak on:

• The economic crisis: Where have all the jobs gone?
• The economic crisis: What did the 'experts' miss?
• The fiscal crisis: Rethinking government
• Undocumented immigrants: Why do they come? What is the solution?
• The wars: Who benefits and why?
• Rethinking the Israel-Palestine conflict

Barby and Vic Ulmer, founders of our developing world, are available to speak on the following topics:
• Update on Ecuador: What's happening and who's benefiting?
• Changes in Latin America: Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador
• Why a food crisis? Background and examples from countries visited in Asia and Latin America
• What is Peace? What Is Security? How can we get there?

Spencer Graves, from the Green Party of Santa Clara County is available to speak about the "Move Your Money" campaign, which encourages consumers to move their money and credit cards out of the big banks and put them in local banks and credit unions. 

Phil Pflager and other members of Chapter 101 of the national organization Veterans for Peace (VFP) are available to speak to high school and college classes and other groups. VFP members draw on their personal experiences and perspectives gained as veterans to raise public awareness of the true costs and consequences of militarism and war - and to seek peaceful, effective alternatives. Contact

Karen Lee Wald has over 20 years experience living and working in Cuba where she worked as a consultant for international radio, TV, newspapers and magazines, including CBC (Canadian Broadcasting) News , NBC News, CBS News, CNN, The New York Times, among others. She is the author of Children of Che (subtitle: Childcare and Education in Cuba), Ramparts Press, 1978. She returned from her most recent trip to Cuba at the end of January.

Masao Suzuki is a professor of Economics at Skyline College and a long time activist in the Japanese American community with the San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee. He has published scholarly articles on Japanese American economic history concerning economic mobility, immigration and return migration, and the economic impact of racist laws aimed at Japanese Americans.   He is available to speak on:

  • The recent economic and financial crisis.
  • Growing tensions between the United States and China.
  • State and local budget cuts in education
  • Local anti-immigrant laws historically and today

Dan Mayfield is a local attorney in the firm of Carpenter and Mayfield specializing in Family Law, Criminal Defense, and Civil Rights.  He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and has served on the National Executive Board of the Guild and worked in the National Office in New York City.  He is available to speak about individual rights in confrontations with the police, the FBI and with Grand Juries.  

Joan Simon and other members of Health Care for All/Santa Clara Chapter are available to speak to groups about the need for Expanded and Improved Medicare for All (in California), also known as Single Payer. We also show The Healthcare Movie, which compares the healthcare system in Canada and the United States to any size group. This film is for everyone who believes that people are more important than profit. 



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