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On May 25 2016, the 50th anniversary of the anti-Vietnam War action by four South Bay women--Aileen Hutchinson, Beverly Farquharson, Lisa Kalvelage and Joyce McLean we gathered at the South Bay Yacht Club in Alviso to commemorate their brave action.
All four of the women are deceased but many family members were present and there were many questions for Reed Searle, the lawyer who defended the four and for Barby Ulmer, who helped in a support role.
Phil and Anne Pflager of Veterans for Peace Chapter 101 sang "My Name is Lisa Kalvelage",  the song written by Pete Seeger based on the statement made by Lisa Kalvelage at the trial.



  Friday, January 15, 7:30 PM

Caffe Frascati , 315 South First St. (near San Carlos), San Jose

An engaging participatory musical romp through current social movements featuring:

  • DAVE LIPPMAN-his musical critiques of misleaders and miscreants range freely from the comic to the passionate, and enlists the audience in sing-alongs; 
  • BEV GRANT- writer, rocker, long-time chronicler of women's, labor, and human rights struggles in song - formed the band The Human Condition in 1972. She founded and directs the Brooklyn Women's Chorus and tours with a women's labor history multi-media project called "We Were There"; 
  • Hali Hammer, a force in many political music projects in the Bay Area, has just released her CD "Electric Circus".

Suggested Donation - $10-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Sponsored by San Jose Peace and Justice Center 


San Jose Peace and Justice Center


La Lengua de las Mariposas


For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older brother, a budding saxophone player, he makes a trip with the band from their town in Galicia. But it's also the year that the Spanish Republic comes under fire from Fascist rebels. Moncho's father is a Republican as is the aging teacher, Don Gregorio. As sides are drawn and power falls clearly to one side, the forces of fear, violence, and betrayal alter profoundly what should be the pleasure of coming of age. SJPJC president, Michelle Cordova, will give a talk to contextualize the film before the screening.

Friday, October 9, 2015 @ 7pm

San Jose Peace and Justice Center

 48 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Bus: 22, 522, 23, 11, 63, 64, 72, 73, 81, Hwy 17X, MST 55, Dash, LRT


Sponsored by the San Jose Peace and Justice Center.


$5-$10 Suggested Donation. Students: Free


408-297-2299 | |




Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 7pm - 9pm 
San Jose Peace and Justice Center
48 S. 7th Street, Suite 101, San Jose 

This film follows the courageous journeys of four Vietnam veterans, all suffering from severe PTSD, who return to Vietnam to finally face the demons that have been haunting them for almost forty years. Under the guidance of Dr. Edward Tick, the vets venture back to the actual trauma sites. | More info... 


Come join us to learn more about Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Please bring your family, friends, and loved ones. If you qualify, we provide free assistance with completing DACA applications and renewals. We also offer free eligibility screening and guidance for collecting documentation.

Childcare will be provided. We look forward to seeing you on April 15!

April 15, 2015 6-8pm
San Jose Public Library, Community Room, 3090 Alum Rock Ave. San Jose, CA 95127

For more information: | (408) 297-2299



Friday June 26th @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

A personal and vibrant coming of age story about a young artist's determination never to surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by being an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past. Winner of Academy Award for Best Short Subject. 40 minutes 2013


No Ban - No Wall Protest at Fed Building

nowallWednesday February 15 2017, 4 to 5:30 PM

Federal Buidling, 2nd and San Carlos Streets, San Jose

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be coming to DC to meet with Trump on February 15. We can expect that this meeting will result in even more open US support for Israeli policies that deny Palestinian rights, including the building of illegal settlements, and a further cementing of the “shared values” of racism and hate. We must seize this opportunity to say loud and clear – from US to Palestine: #BuildMovementsNotWalls!


Friday Film: American Revolutionary

Friday February 10, 2017
7:00 pmboggs

San Jose Peace & Justice Center
48 South 7th St., San Jose

What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today?  Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American woman in Detroit, who died in October 2015 at 100 years old, has a surprising vision of revolution.

A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompassed the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future.

Film presented by Code Pink and co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Green Party and Push for Progress.


"Protect Our Community" Unity Rally

Sunday, November 20, 2016

1:30 PM at City Hall Plaza

200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose

Come and express our values of unity and common cause. With civility and steadfastness, we join together now, as we will continue to do, in an ongoing and persistent advancement of our principles. Come and add your treasured principles to this initial list. Sign up to continue the work in one of the areas where your voice is most needed. Read more...  

13th: From Slave to Crininal With One Amendment

13th DocumentaryFriday, November 18, 2016, 7 to 9 pm 

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

48 S. 7th St., San Jose, CA


Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

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Medea Benjamin Book Talk

Tuesday, November 15 2016 at noonmedea

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

48 S. 7th St., San Jose

The co-founder of CODEPINK has become famous for fearlessly tackling head-on subjects most of us studiously avoid. Often, she does so in person, as during President Obama’s speech at the National Defense University, or at a reception for drone manufacturers and members of Congress, or in Cairo, where she was assaulted by police. In her new book, she’s researching the sinister nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

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"We the People" Post-Election Rally

weWednesday Nov 9 2016, 5pm to 6pm

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 4th & San Fernando Streets, San Jose

We the People elected our representatives in Congress and now We the People demand action!

  • Health care and housing for everyone!
  • Comprehensive immigration reform!
  • Stop the wars and all arms sales around the world!
  • Stop gun violence and state violence at home!
  • Keep fossil fuels in the ground!
  • No TPP!
  • Close Guantánamo Prison and Naval Base now!
  • Get corporate money out of our elections!
  • ... and more ...
You are welcome to bring your own signs -- Check out the Facebook event.

Sponsored by the Friday Peace Vigil, our developing world, CodePink, South Bay Democratic Socialists of America, Green Party of Santa Clara County, Human Agenda, Low-Income Self-Help Center, San José Peace & Justice Center, SCC Single Payer Health Care Coalition, Veterans for Peace Chapter 101, WILPF - San José Branch  

Friday Night Film

best demo

Friday November 4, 2016 at 7:00pm

San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

When Donald Trump says, “This election is rigged”—he should know. His buddies are rigging it.

Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck, designed to steal a million votes by November.


Progressive Elections Forum


Sun Oct 16, 5pm to 8pm

Roosevelt Community Center, 901 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95116

 More information here


Celebrate International Day of Peace



Wednesday September 21 2016 from 5pm to 8pm

 Open House

San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 South 7th St.

Come by for talk, food, music, and more -- Free and open to the public

Meet our new coordinator! Check out our newly renovated office space and the second-floor offices that are for rent to non-profit organizations. Learn about local environmental and food justice campaigns and discuss candidates and propositions on the November ballot. Sing along with the Raging Grannies! Take advantage of our sale of books, stickers, note cards, and other gifts.


Talk on Situation in Turkey


Potluck & Report on Solidarity Trip to Honduras

Saturday August 13, 6 pm potluck, 7 pm program    Berta
13004 Paseo Presada  – corner Paseo Lado,
Saratoga, CA 95070    

our developing world presents a report from the Alliance for Global Justice delegation to Honduras---Human Rights Accompaniment for Communities in Struggle. Teri Morgan will share recent experiences from 10 days with maquila workers, environmentalists, Committee for Families of the Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH)  and other activists. Zenaida Velaquez will give background on the decades-long human rights struggle in that country.

Raffle tickets with donations welcome.  $5 donation for wine/or beer

wheelchair accessible
our developing world –408-379-4431


Forum on Police Killings of Black and Brown People


 When:     Thursday, July 14 2016 @ 06:00 PM - - 09:00PM
Where:     Mexican Heritage Plaza, 700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose

On July 14, 2016, community members are invited to attend a Community Forum addressing local and national police shootings of black and brown people. Government, non-profit, community stakeholders and business groups will come together to discuss issues this Thursday at 6pm, Mexican Heritage Plaza, 

"The purpose of this community-based forum is to bring together diverse civil and human rights leaders and organizations to form a more united front to work on social justice issues, including the excessive use of force by police," said Community Member, Walter Wilson. "It also gives the community an opportunity to acknowledge the shooting victims in Dallas, Texas".

This forum will allow community members to ask questions and engage various community, government and business groups around the matter of police shootings.


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Celebrate LaborFest in San Jose

The FactoryLaborFest was established in 1994 to institutionalize the history and culture of working people in an annual labor cultural, film and arts festival.

LaborFest events in San Jose include:

    Friday July 8, two films: Blue Elephants and Driving for Hire The producer of the second film, John Han, will be present during Q & A. | More info
    Thursday July 14, Indian film The Factory | More info
    Friday July 22, three films | More info
    Tuesday July 26, Comedy Night at the Improv | More info
    Friday July 29, Manos a la Obra, the story of Operation Bootstrap | More info


Solidarity with LGBTQ Community -- Say No to Hate


 Friday June 17, 2016solidarity

 ...Solidarity with the families of the victims of the Orlando massacre at the Friday Peace Vigil.  Say no to hate. Ban assault weapons and stop renewed militarization of police.  Muslims, LGBTQ people, workers, immigrants, and citizens join hands against violence and for building community.


Direct Action on the Climate: A night of scheming and dreaming with Rising Tide

rising tide

Thursday, June 30th at 7pm
San Jose Peace & Justice Center; 48 S 7th St #101, San Jose, CA

Direct action is everywhere. In May, thousands took action to Break Free from Fossil Fuels in one of the largest global coordinated climate actions in history. Almost a year ago in San Francisco, thousands flooded Wall Street West in a mass civil disobedience against the economic system driving the climate crisis. In the Northwest, kayaktivists have flooded into the waterways of Seattle and Portland to stop Shell's Arctic drilling. In Paris at the UN climate talks, thousands told the world's leaders that they must act on climate and keep fossil fuels in the ground.

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Palestinian Cultural Day


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The Next System Project


Saturday, May 14 2016 @ 01:00 PM -- 05:00 PM
Humanist House 1180 Coleman Ave, San Jose
We know the current dominant capitalist system does exactly what it was designed to do: line corporate pockets at the expense of real people’s health and livelihoods, destroying the environment and fueling the war machine at the same time. But we also know that another world is possible. Many of us are working to build that new world right now. Come hear from: 
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Tax Dollars for Our Needs, Not War!


Protest Rally in Front of MLK Library

Friday April 15 2016, 5 to 6pm



The pie chart shows that military spending takes up 44% of the U.S. budget -- that's 1,357 BILLION dollars!

Join us on Tax Day to demand that our taxes go to fund human needs, not to war!

Sponsored by San Jose Peace & Justice Center, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, Veterans for Peace Chapter 101, Friday Peace Vigil, our developing world

Protestors are invited to Tax Day Tamale Party at the Peace & Justice Center after the rally.


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