Protest War - Support Peace - Create Justice
On March 20 2003, the US launched the criminal invasion and occupation of Iraq. Eighteen years after that invasion, with many hundreds of thousands dead and trillions of dollars spent, the US war machine continues and expands its deadly presence in the Middle East and other regions of the world. At the same time the “War at Home” has resulted in expanding militarism in our communities in areas like policing and schools
COVID-19 has revealed the many fault lines that have been ongoing in our society. Issues with inequity and inequality have worsened. The flaws in the US healthcare system have increased risks and worsened health outcomes for many. Communities of color (Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, and others), immigrants, religious minorities, and disabled people are disproportionately impacted. Injustice is everywhere with police brutality, ongoing evictions, food insecurity, lack of worker protections, lack of affordable housing, inadequate supports for everyone in the US and elsewhere. Our government continues to serve their corporate interests and fail to meet the human needs of today.
The US continues to fund wars and militarization in this country and elsewhere through sanctions, destroying innocent lives and worsening the impact of this pandemic. It’s time to end the “forever wars”, defund the Pentagon, and use those trillions of war dollars for our human needs.
Click buttons to jump to each section
End the Forever Wars: Discussion Panel Event Recap
By Vinh-Doan T., SJPJC Intern On Friday, March 19th, we held our first End Wars! Discussion Panel on Zoom featuring Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia), poverty scholar and co-founder of POOR Magazine, Sameena Usman, Senior Government Relations Consultant for the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Khalilah Ramirez, creator of
End Forever Wars 2021 – Videos
Great videos created by an amazing community network of groups. Enjoy these four videos that discuss the need to Protest War, Support Peace, and Create Justice.
End Forever Wars Panel: Protest War, Support Peace, Create Justice
Join us for our End Forever Wars Panel Discussion on Friday, March 19th, from 6:30 to 8 PM. Protest War, Support Peace, Create Justice!!
March 19, 2021 - Discussion
Join San Jose Peace and Justice Center and others for an online discussion.
Friday, March 19, 2021
6:30 to 8 pm
Register to attend.
Join us for a discussion to examine the impact of the war economy on our lives and the many ways we can come together to build a peace economy. Also, look out for our silent auction fundraiser to help us continue to build a more just, equitable and sustainable society.
Please reach out for any accessibility needs. We will have Otter.ai transcription and are looking into other elements to create collective access. Email email@example.com for any specific asks.
March 20, 2021 - Rally
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Peace Corner (Stevens Creek and Winchester Blvds)
On the first day of spring, we will return to the Peace Corner (Stevens Creek and Winchester Blvds) for a noontime rally with masks and social distancing. To help us build this important action, contact the Peace & Justice Center via our social media or email to EndWars@sanjosepeace.org.
SJPJC 1st Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser
Dear Community Member,
On Monday, March 15th, the San Jose Peace and Justice Center is opening our first online fundraiser in connection with the anniversary of the criminal Iraq invasion. Eighteen years later, with many hundreds of thousands dead and trillions of dollars spent, the US war machine continues and expands its deadly presence in the Middle East and other regions of the world. At the same time, the “War at Home” has resulted in expanding militarism in our communities in areas like policing and schools.
Our virtual Silent Auction is an attempt to creatively raise funds and bring the community together to continue to support one another through this time of physical distancing. We invite you to donate a product or service to include in our silent auction. Your donations will help us continue to build and create an even stronger foundation for the San Jose Peace and Justice Center and Collins Foundation.
The Center has been a resource group for progressive organizing and activism by providing affordable meeting spaces and educational programs for social change. We have a 64-year history of supporting local activism, and the main reason why we are able to sustain our organization is through community members like you!
All donations are greatly appreciated and will be tax-deductible under IRS laws. Your donation can be something as simple as a gift certificate for a service or an item or two from your local business. If you have any questions about what to donate, feel free to contact us through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
To help facilitate your donation, you can fill out our online form (http://bit.ly/pjgive). If you have any questions, call us at (408) 297-2299 between 4 to 7 pm Monday through Friday or email us and we will handle the rest!
Recommended ideas for donations include:
- Plants (ideally with decorative pot or planter)
- Gift cards
- Coffee shops
- Local restaurants
- BIPOC-owned businesses
- Cake decorating
- Photography sessions
- Meal prep
- Music lessons
- Signed books
- Handmade Artisan crafts and goods
- Soaps/essential oils
Are you interested in cosponsoring this event? Cosponsors will have their logos and name in the event promotional materials.
We ask community groups to help us promote the events and to donate an item or service to our silent auction (or make a donation of time or money) to help support us in the next year.
The silent auction will open for bids on March 15th and end on March 22nd. It will be held on the Bidding Owl platform
Please email your logo and how you want your name listed during the online event and in social media postings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With your support, we hope to do more informational and educational events like this one. For now, help us send a powerful reminder of the costs of war to many who choose to forget.