On December 22 last year, we lost our dear colleague and fellow Board member Joan Bazar.
Joan was an amazing and talented woman -- a forceful activist for peace and justice, a long-time leading member of Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF), former treasurer and current Board member of our Peace & Justice Center and very active with her late husband Dave Wald in Cuba support work
Her friend and fellow WILPF member Lois Fiedler said "I was very fortunate to be able to work in WILPF with Joan Bazar on many different projects and activities. She was a brilliant capable women whose distinctive influence in WILPF was felt throughout the organization over several decades, on the international, national, and local levels.
Joan's journalistic skills were oh so apparent in the WILPF international and national journals as well as many local projects, including the videos that she made for the SJPJC TV show 48South7th with Phil and Anne Pflager's assistance.
Joan inspired the rest of us to be better at whatever we were working on. She will be missed tremendously. Plans for a memorial service are pending.
President Trump has pulled one of his most reckless moves yet. His declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and his plan to move the US embassy violates international law. It immediately resulted in an outbreak of violence.
Where are the voices of US officials? Only Senators Feinstein and Sanders and Representatives Pocan, Grijalva and Lee have spoken out against Trump’s actions. Rather than condemning it, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer took credit for the decision. This is unacceptable! Congress must join the international outcry by condemning Trump’s actions and telling him to halt plans to move the embassy.
Since Trump’s announcement, protests have been ongoing in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Israel has been responding with tear gas, rubber bullets, live ammunition and drone attacks. Congress must act now to try to stem the violence.
Following the November 26 elections in Honduras, hundred of thousands of people have flooded into the streets to protest what many are calling an electoral coup d’état against opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla. Protesters accuse the electoral commission of rigging the vote in favor of incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández, who is a close U.S. ally.
San Jose resident and Honduran human rights activist, Zenaida Velasquez, interviewed on Democracy Now, said that on the weekend over half a million people were in the streets facing very high levels of militarization with security forces using live ammunition, killing at least 3 people and wounding hundreds more.
The Peace & Justice Center along with close to 100 other U.S groups signed on to an open letter to the U.S. Congress and State Department calling for an end to US security aid to Honduras, including police and military aid, and support for Honduran security forces.
We have a new volunteer application and it's easy enough to do online!!
For our 60 years of activity, we have remained mostly a volunteer-run organization. We need more volunteers to help us at the Center. From office skills to tabling outreach, writing to graphic design, your time is a valued addition to what we do.
Fill out your application and let us know what position(s) you are interested in. We look forward to having you as part of our team!!
In the March 29 2017 issue of the Metro newspaper, "Best of Silicon Valley", we were named:
Best Place to Plot the Resistance
San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Join us for a dance class like no other! Here you will fully engage your body while learning to turn your awareness toward peace.
The Dance of Peace classes will elevate your heart rate, happiness, strength and overall sense of well being! No experience or special equipment is needed. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to enjoy yourself!
About the instructor: Khalilah Ramirez is a peace dancer, author and educator here in San Jose. She is versed in the art of creating peace through communication and dance.
Every Friday morning at 10am at the Peace & Justice Center.
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