Ever since 2006, the May First marches for immigration reform have become a revived tradition in this country. Although May 1 was chosen because immigrant communities remember the celebrations of International Workers' Day on this date in their countries of origin, May First is not new to the United States. International Workers' Day on May 1 was, in fact, not only born in the United States, but born out of fear of police raids on immigrant workers.Read more...
A rally to support hunger strikers at Santa Clara County Jail will be held on Monday April 23 at 5:30pm at Hedding and San Pedro Streets.
They are now on day 7. Reports out are that some people have lost as much as 16 pounds. So far there is no tangible resolution to the concerns they are voicing about indeterminate stays in solitary and ongoing difficulties with both the grievance and classification systems used inside.
A recording from one of the strikers can be heard here
They need our help to be heard!
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...
March 28, 2018...Code Pink Women for Peace held a lively protest in San Francisco's Financial District at the office of BlackRock, an investment firm with more than $5.6 billion invested in Lockheed Martin.
Their CEO recently said that he was going to start holding the companies they invest in accountable for being responsible corporate citizens so protestors held a large banner saying Lockheed Weapons Terrorize the World to remind him that Lockheed makes a killing off of killing.
Khalilah Ramirez performed the Dance of Peace and protestors denouced BlackRock CEO by name: "Larry Fink, stop and think, your war investments sure do stink!"
Andrew is the newest coordinator for the San Jose Peace and Justice Center (joining Michele Mashburn)! With a background in community organizing around police brutality, labor issues, and housing and houselessness, he's going to help the center with a variety of programming including social media and youth engagement. A current member of anti-gentrification group Serve the People San Jose, he is also assisting their effort to end the proposed Google San Jose development.Read more...
Join South Bay Jewish Voice for Peace on Sunday, March 18 at 1:30 PM
There have been a number of incidents in San Jose in recent months that call out for a community response. One school alone. Fischer Middle School in Alum Rock Unified School District - recorded 15 anti-Muslim incidents last year, ranging from derogatory comments to spray-painted graffiti. One library had several incidents and it was not the only library where patrons experienced this.
One way we can build support for targeted groups is by posting visual expressions of this support. The South Bay Jewish Voice for Peace chapter has organized three canvassing days in the Mountain View/Sunnyvale area. This month we'd like to walk a San Jose neighborhood. Our canvassing events consist of a brief orientation that includes information, discussion and time for role playing. Then we break up into teams to knock on doors, asking businesses and residents to hang one of two posters that say:
This is a time to come out and show love in action - a time for solidarity. Be there! Please RSVP at:Facebook de South Bay Jewish Voice for Peace or firstname.lastname@example.org
February 22, 2018...U.S. Army Colonel (Ret) Ann Wright spoke at the Peace & Justice Center about the upcoming Freedom Flotilla to break the illegal and inhumane blockade of Gaza, to demand full freedom of movement for all Palestinians, and to challenge the occupation of Palestine.
Our new t-shirts are available at the Center in various sizes and styles. Unfortunately the shirts were manufactured in Honduras and other countries like Haiti and Bangladesh where sweatshops flourish and workers are subject to massive exploitation.
We have pledged to look for alternative sources for t-shirts in the future. We have also agreed to make a substantial donation to the Collective of Women of Honduras (COMUDEH), an organization that organizes the women workers in the sweatshops.
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!!
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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