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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


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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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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