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AFPOn the day before the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the US moved their embassy to Al-Quds. Meanwhile Palestinians were peacefully protesting in Gaza were mowed down, and tear gassed. Israeli security forces killed at least 55 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 2,400.

Come join us on May 15th at Santana Row in San Jose for a vigil for Gaza. 
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Friday May 4, 5 to 6 PM

Martin Luther King Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose

Since March 30th, “Land Day”, thousands of Gaza residents have been protesting the increasingly desperate conditions under the 11-year blockade imposed by Israel.  The non-violent protests have been met with live ammunition and rubber bullets from Israeli military forces.                                                              

40 Palestinians have been killed and 5,511 wounded since the protests began. 

Join Jewish Voice for Peace and the Friday Peace Vigil as we gather outside the Martin Luther King Library in downtown San Jose in a public show of support for the Gaza protesters. We’ll honor the lives of those killed in the protests by holding their pictures and distributing leaflets with information and messages for contacting congressional representatives.  Congress must take action to stop the killing of Palestinians! People have the right to protest without being shot!

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 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!


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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 More Bombs!!

In 1945, the US Government dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9. These bombs destroyed two cities and killed over 200,000 people due to nuclear radiation, shockwaves from the blasts and thermal radiation. Since the end of the war, over 400,000 people have died from the after-effects of the bombs. 

These bombs were seen as militarily unwarranted by many. For example, Admiral William Leahy, President Harry S. Truman's Chief of Staff, wrote in his 1950 memoir that "the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender…” (I Was There, p. 441).

In fact, proponents of the atomic bombings like Secretary of State James Byrnes were particularly interested in proving American military dominance in the post-war era as they prepared to face off with potential rivals like the USSR. Sacrificing hundreds of thousands of civilian lives was helped by a domestic atmosphere that let Time Magazine write during the war that “the ordinary unreasoning Jap is ignorant. Perhaps he is human. Nothing ... indicates it.”

 The question facing those of us in the United States is, as sociologist Kai Erikson put it, "What kind of mood does a fundamentally decent people have to be in, what kind of moral arrangements must it make, before it is willing to annihilate as many as a quarter of a million human beings for the sake of making a point.”

The unimaginable barbarity of nuclear annihilation perpetuated by "our" own government has created scores of activists committed to ensuring that such barbarity never occurs again. Join with other peace activists in one of these upcoming events on Monday, August 6, 2018: 

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Families Belong Together / No Human Being is Illegal!!

On June 30, 2018, cities across America to protest the cruel, inhumane, and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the U.S. border with Mexico and at other ports of entry into the U.S. Join us at one of the following Bay Area rally locations to send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress.

When: Saturday, June 30 at 11 AM
Where: San Jose City Hall 

When: Saturday, June 30 at 7 PM 
Where: Gateway Park on Corner of El Camino & Castro Mountain View, CA 94040
When: Saturday, June 30 at 9 AM
Where:  Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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Take Action : Muslim Ban Vigil

The Supreme Court released its decision on Trump v. Hawaii (Muslim ban) earlier today.  So, the San Jose Decision Day Vigil, which is organized by CAIR and its partner organizations, and endorsed by the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the ACLU of Northern California, will be held TODAY.
Date: Tuesday, June 26th
Time:  5pm
Location: Intersection of Stevens Creek Boulevard and Winchester Boulevard in San Jose (Text used from ACLU-NC Call to Action)

Mass Protests Over Gun Violence

by Cameron, a Peace & Justice Center intern
Photo via CBS12
Alyssa Alhadeff. Scott Beigel. Martin Duque Anguiano. Nicholas Dworet. Aaron Feis. Jamie Guttenberg. Chris Hixon. Luke Hoyer. Cara Loughran. Gina Montalto. Joaquin Oliver. Alaina Petty. Meadow Pollack. Helena Ramsay. Alex Schachter. Carmen Schentrup. Peter Wang.

These are the names of the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. They are the names that rekindled the national debate over gun control, but this time, teens are bringing state and Congressional legislators to attention.
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Peace and Protest

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.

Workers Need Unions



On Labor Day 2017, South Bay workers rallied to say "We need unions!"

See more photos by Bob Jung here.


Pride Parade -- Join the RiseUp Contingent

flagSunday August 27, 2017

Assemble at First & St. John Streets at 8:30 - 9:30

March / Dance / Strut / Stroll to Cesar Chavez Plaza

Progressive allies: Come join the Rise Up Contingent in the 42nd Annual Silicon Valley Pride Parade!

Rise Up for Justice, the Green Party of Santa Clara County, and the Peace and Freedom Party of Santa Clara County have teamed up to initiate the Rise Up Contingent. All community partner organizations are encouraged to participate!

Bring positive messages for equality, justice, health care for all, housing for all, access for all, immigrants and refugees welcome, build bridges, peace, and save the planet!

Or join our Rise Up rainbow flag troupe performing the Dance of Peace! (RSVP to sharatlin [at] .)

Assemble at the SW corner of St. James Park (St. John Street and First Street) at 8:30-9:00 am.

Rise Up will be contingent number 9. The SV Pride Parade starts from Market Street and St. John Street and ends at Plaza de César Chávez.


March for Prisoners' Human RIghts

Aug19Saturday August 19 2017

11 am: Gather at Raymond Bernal Jr. Park at 7th & Mission, San Jose

11:30 am March to County Jail on Hedding St

12:30 Rally at County Building, 70 W. Hedding

March with California Prison Focus and Rise Up for Justice. Join the new abolitionist movement for prisoners' human rights to protest private entities exploiting prison labor, racial disparities in America's prison population and sentencing and other abuses.

End money bail! End the death penalty! No Tasers in the Jail!

For more details, check the Facebook Event: 


Celebrate Woody!

On Woody Guthrie's birthday
and the 125th Anniversary of the Homestead Strike, join labor musician Jimmy Kelly in a sing-along of "This Land is Your Land" and a showing of the documentary THE RIVER RAN RED: the Homestead Riot

Woody Guthrie’s songs of social justice and worker rights have been the bedrock of American Protest Music. The Homestead Strike was a pivotal point in US labor history. Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in the world, cuts union workers salaries 25% then goes golfing in Scotland. His henchman Henry Clay Frick hires 300 armed Pinkerton strike breakers who were captured by a militant uprising. It was ended by when martial law is declared by US Army troops.

Sponsored by the LaborFest, Reel Work, and the San Jose Peace and Justice Center  

Rally to Support Muslim Community

rallySaturday June 10, 11 to 1pm

Stevens Creek Blvd and Santana Row., San Jose


Join us in this CELEBRATION of diversity, acceptance and inclusion, as we gather to show the world that we will not accept any form of hate in our district.

WHY: A group called ACT FOR AMERICA has chosen Santa Clara as one of its locations across the country to stage an anti-Muslim demonstration. The group has been classified as a HATE GROUP, and has made it their mission to villainize Muslims, building a plaform to perpetuate and promote the most hateful language imaginable.


WHAT: We are calling on activists and allies from the region to come together for peaceful Unity Rally. We will show our support for people of every race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, color, ethnicity, and ability.


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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