A delegation from the Peace & Justice Center and Code Pink Women for Peace met with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren on Monday June 18. We asked her to "divest from the war machine", to commit to not accept donations from weapons companies or the NRA.
We reminded her that Ending Gun Violence is one of her key issues and (in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King's granddaughter Yolanda Renee King), "enough is enough. This should be a gun-free world, period."
By Devin, An SJSU Intern
As a Justice Studies major, I have been exposed to numerous topics regarding rights and legal issues. One area that I have recently had much exposure to was the issue of Immigration. I had the honor of interning for the Immigration Relief Project through the San Jose Peace and Justice Center during the Spring 2018 semester. In this program, I have worked alongside Michelle Cordova who has a passion for advocating on immigration issues and has extensive knowledge in immigration rights and laws.Read more...
By Sam, SJPJC intern.
On March 30th, at least 15 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces while protesting for rightful return to their land. 1,400+ have been injured by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) shooters, making last Friday the bloodiest day Gaza has seen in years. The Israeli government has rejected requests for an investigation by the UN. The government and the media have made clear attempts to demonize the protesters, claiming that Israeli shooters were simply defending themselves rather than murdering the protesters who have been forced from their homes and treated as second class citizens. But why deny investigation if the shooters truly acted in self defense?Read more...
From our Peace Dancer, Khalilah Ramirez. Join her and others for the weekly Dance of Peace class at the Center on Fridays from 10 to 11 am. You can find her writings on Silicon Valley De-Bug's website.
Greetings to all who are reading! This Week In Peace welcomes all, striving to be an example of amplified life. It’s what each person strives for. What each of us is born for, to prosper in life by learning to live in more effective ways. There are countless methods for this. The one we’re touching on today is the element of play.
Recently, I declared an allotted time (11am-1pm) to be “playtime.” Playtime is a sanctioned period when I allow myself to play, to experiment, to bend the “rules” and break routines as needed. The Dance of Peace is a major component of playtime because the spirit of dance is one of lightheartedness. Dance brings a sense of beauty, fun and freedom that lends itself to expansion.Read more...
Groups can now book the space for free by default, instead of paying upfront fees.
Of course, we hope that groups able to contribute will continue, and ask that groups that cannot make a group donation pass the hat at their meeting(s).
We're removing barriers to access so that we can become an even better community resource for San Jose.
In order to book the Peace and Justice Center for a community event:Read more...
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. We need local people who can volunteer in the office and at events.
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!!
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