On June 11, I started my internship at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. To say the least, I was apprehensive; living in the privileged bubble of Almaden Valley, I felt like I would not have enough experience to contribute to this amazing center. I am grateful to report that nearly a month after starting, I have already felt like I have been able to make huge contributions to the center. Whether it be from updating our weekly newsletter to inform you about our events or assisting with the community dinner, it has been so gratifying to work with a team so passionate about social justice and improving our South Bay community.Read more...
Dear San Jose Peace & Justice Center Community,
In an effort to make our weekly event email process more accessible, we have now included a poll section on the right allowing you to vote on which day you would prefer to receive the email. This weekly event email contains information about the events held at and around the SJPJC as well as information about long-term vigils, protests and exhibitions. Almost all public events on our calendar are included in our weekly email. To sign up to receive our weekly email calendar see the box on the right.
If you would like to post a poll question, please email our newest intern, Prerna at sjpjcprerna [at] gmail [dot] com.
A report published last year in The Intercept revealed that Palo Alto-based Palantir, the $20 billion data-mining firm founded by Trump pal Peter Thiel, "provides the engine for Trump's deportation machine". A software program known as Investigative Case Management (I.C.M.), developed by Palantir Technologies for the Department of Homeland Security, will now also be used to facilitate and expedite the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.).Read more...
A federal judge has ruled the Trump administration may not arbitrarily detain people seeking asylum. The judge ruled asylum seekers who have passed a credible fear interview should be given humanitarian parole, not indefinite detention. The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights First and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.
However, the Department of Health and Human Services is refusing to disclose how many migrant children separated from their parents at the border they are still holding. Last week, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said 2,047 separated minors were still in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. But the department has refused to give updated numbers even though the Trump administration is facing a July 10 court-imposed deadline to reunite all separated children under the age of 5 with their parents.
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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."
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...
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...
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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