“There Were No Guns in Palestine”

by Barbara Taft "There were no guns in Palestine."  During the bombardment of Gaza by Israel in October/November of 2023, those words came back to me.  I was sitting in the dining room of a small Palestinian home in East Jerusalem.  It was the summer of 1985.  My host, a…


Honoring the Women of San Jose

by Mike Paradela In honor of International Women’s Day, we compiled a list of women who have moved San Jose’s political, economic, and cultural life in a progressive direction. Their contributions to humanity as a whole and San Jose in particular should be recognized and honored. Without these women, San…


Roz Dean, Presente!

The San Jose community lost a beloved activist on September 2, when Roz Dean joined other peace ancestors like her husband Al Traugott, her dear friend Joan Bazar and Joan’s husband Dave Wald. Roz’s early years and her activism to save the San Jose Medical Center (downtown hospital) were documented…


The Planet Needs Peace

American taxpayers have spent $21 trillion on the “war on terror”. Yet after these 20 years, the 99% are worse off, jobless rates are soaring, over 650,000 Americans have died of Covid-19, and the planet is sizzling. If we want a habitable planet and true peace, we need to "connect…


My Last Day as Coordinator

Today is Tara's last day as Coordinator at the SJPJC. Read her final blog post here - "To everyone who has known me as a staff member at the Center or has met me through the Center in other ways, thank you for making my time here so rewarding. San Jose has become my home because of you."

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Office Closed: 3/17, 3/24, and 3/31

For the next three Wednesdays, the San Jose Peace and Justice Center will be shutting down the office (physical and virtual) for internal organizational evaluations and climate discussions. We appreciate your understanding as we take the necessary time to dedicate ourselves to the health and sustainability of the Center. If…