Father Bill Leininger, Social Conscience Champion

Father Bill Leininger, a Catholic priest and a familiar face to local activists at protests and on picket lines, died on January 2, 2020, a few days before his 90th birthday. His brother Bob sent out a tribute to friends that said in part, "Father Bill was inspired by Pope…


Ask Ro Khanna’s wife to divest from the War Machine!

In January 2020, a report from Sludge, reported that  Ritu Khanna, Congressman Ro Khanna’s wife, owns approximately $376,000 in stocks in Boeing, Honeywell, Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and United Technologies.  We urge you to sign your name on the Code Pink petition asking Ritu Khanna to honor…


Good news for taxpayers and non-profits

By Charlotte Casey, Treasurer of The Collins Foundation and SJPJC Coordinating Council Member For our 63 years of existence, the Peace & Justice Center has been supported by donations from real people, not corporations! In exchange for supporting the work we do, many donors were able to take a deduction…


Stop to remember lives lost in needless wars

By Phil Pflager, Veterans For Peace Chapter 101 Chapter ContactThis letter appeared in the Mercury News on November 15 The photo shows the Armistice Day ceremony in 2015. Veterans For Peace Chapter 101 has hosted an Armistice Day commemoration on November 11 every year since 2010 on the corner of…


A Divided Decision: Pragmatism vs Principles

By Joan Simon, SJPJC Coordinating Council member Recently, the San Jose Peace and Justice Center (SJPJC) was notified that we were nominated to receive a $2,000 grant from a local Whole Foods Market, an Amazon-owned store.  This opportunity was presented to the SJPJC Coordinating Council for discussion.  The Coordinating Council…

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Solidarity with Hurricane Eta Victims in Honduras

Hurricane Eta struck Honduras on November 3 as a category 4 storm, bringing extreme rainfall and wind speeds up to 150 mph. Now, two good friends of the Peace and Justice Center are reaching out to ask for help for their loved ones and for the people of Honduras. Human…


Universal Design Needed in 2020 Budget

As a resident of San Jose since 2007, I have experienced many things in this city. One thing I have not experienced is support and understanding around the issues of equity with disability related concerns. I have not seen adequate equity around issues that many members of the vibrant communities of color bring to these meetings and others. Budgetary priorities are skewed to groups that are informed by racism, ableism, sexism and more.