Art and dance for social activism come together at Local Color! The Art of Protest is a unique collection of 29 silk screen posters of social protest dating from 1969 to the present upsurge in political activism. The Dance of Peace, performed to lively music in front of the exhibit, energizes viewers to touch every heart with peace and struggle! Local Color is an innovative art space for the community in the heart of downtown San José. Friday and Saturday, November 10-11; 27 South First Street. Exhibition of The Art of Protest continues through November 19.
By Sam, a San Jose Peace & Justice Center Intern
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, commemorating their widespread involvement surrounding the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This agreement is an incredible step towards disarmament; it clearly “outlaws the worst weapons of mass destruction and establishes a clear pathway to their total elimination.” It was signed by 122 nations. The US, however, is unsurprisingly absent from the list.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.
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!!
Don't let the dirtiest, most carbon intensive fuel on earth get a foothold here. Liz Kniss, Air District Chair and Palo Alto Vice Mayor, has the power to keep tar sands out of the Bay Area. Urge her to cap emissions from Bay Area refineries. This will stop oil companies from bringing tar sands to the Bay area. The Air District must pass "Rule 12-16" to get this done. We have the chance to make a big difference on this local issue.
Please sign the Silicon Valley 350 petition here.
by Cameron, a Peace & Justice Center intern
World maps may seem different in a few years, adding more national identities and differing country borders to the existing diagrams. Many movements for national sovereignty have surged within the past few months, especially in Iraq, Cameroon, and Spain.
While the call for an independent Kurdistan has been apparent for over a decade with a referendum taking place in 2005, Israel has just recently openly supported the idea, legitimizing its plea for independence. Even though 92.7% of voters within the Kurdish northern region of Iraq supported annexation, the rest of the Middle East opposes an independent Kurdistan, especially to those nations with a large Kurdish population, including Turkey, Iran, Armenia, and Syria. The majority of opposition relates to a concern of the large oil deposits where Kurdistan would be located. Additionally, validating Kurdistan in Iraq allows for other Kurds to substantiate secession from their respective countries. Facing extreme opposition, the future of an independent Kurdish nation looks wary; however the resilient will of the Kurdish people shines brighter with hope than it ever has.Read more...
By Sam, a San Jose Peace & Justice Center Intern
Last September, quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem. Amid a flurry of criticisms asserting that his action was un-American, he stated that he could not "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." (CNN) He specifically cited the issue of police brutality as a prominent motivation for his action.Read more...
By Cameron, a San Jose Peace and Justice Center Intern
In wake of the recent catastrophes occurring in and around the Gulf of Mexico (including Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, Katia, AND Jose; both earthquakes within Oaxaca and Puebla; and the United States' political controversy of North Korean engagement) the attention of the United States media has retracted from the genocide of the Rohingya, which continues to this day.
The Rohingya, a Muslim-majority group of people situated in the north-west of Myanmar, bordering Bangladesh, have faced wave after wave of violence over the past half-century. For many years, the Myanmar government has consistently been placing pressure upon the Rohingya to evacuate. The government has restricted their rights to work and travel, and only limited numbers can enter certain professions like law and politics.Read more...
In the March 29 2017 issue of the Metro newspaper, "Best of Silicon Valley", we were named:
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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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