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.

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Statement Supporting Black Lives Matter Movement

The San José Peace and Justice Center stands in solidarity with Black communities across the nation and locally as they grieve the lives that have been lost due to racially targeted violence by law enforcement officials. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Tony McDade have all been recent victims…

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What’s wrong with this picture?

By Charlotte Casey and Joan Simon, SJPJC Coordinating Council members Taken at the end of the Memorial Day Car Caravan for Peace, this photo shows people gathered in front of the Mercy Mobile as we presented a bucket in which participants had dropped donations for Community Homeless Alliance Ministry (CHAM).…

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Car Caravan for Peace on Memorial Day

By Charlotte Casey, member of SJPJC Coordinating Council Memorial Day was established as a day to honor American service members who died in wars. But glorification of war has never seemed more WRONG than during this pandemic. When the budget for the Center for Disease Control ($11 billion) is only…

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A Portrait of Solitude

By Charlotte Casey, a SJPJC Coordinating Council Member Local author, filmmaker, professor, publisher, and friend of the Peace & Justice Center Charley Trujillo has a new film available on the Ethnic Studies Learning Channel. A Portrait of Solitude is the story of José Villareal Jr., who spent 27 years in…

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Achilles Heel

This letter by Connie Hunter from the Friday Peace Vigil was published in the San Jose Mercury News last week. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed this nation’s Achilles heel.  Though we invest more money in our military defense system than the next seven nations combined, our military defense system leaves…

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Stay Home but Not Silent

#StayHomeButNotSilent A message from Charlotte Casey, a Collins Foundation Board Member and SJPJC Coordinating Council Member I first saw this slogan on a tweet from the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement.  The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is surpassing even his idol the U.S. President in his criminal denial of the extent…

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