Referendums Refuted

World maps may seem different in a few years, adding more national identities and differing country borders to the existing diagrams. Many movements for national sovereignty have surged within the past few months, especially in Iraq, Cameroon, and Spain. While the call for an independent Kurdistan has been apparent for…

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Take a Knee

Last September, quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem. Amid a flurry of criticisms asserting that his action was un-American, he stated that he could not "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." (CNN) He specifically cited…

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Protest Trump's Escalation in Syria

This blog was written by Nikki, an Office Team Intern with the San Jose Peace & Justice Center. The opinions expressed in this post are hers. The photos were taken at the protest by Nikki. On April 7th, I attended a nationally coordinated protest locally hosted by Rise Up for…

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A Day Without a Woman

This was written by Kevin, a spring 2017 intern at San Jose Peace and Justice Center after attending the Day without a Woman's Rally at San Jose City Hall on March 8, 2017. The opinions in this post are his. On March 8, 2017, A Day Without a Women Rally…

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Introductions – 2017 Office Team Interns

I am honored to have my first set of interns this semester (Spring 2017). After a bumpy start, they are all working hard on different projects for the Center. They are all hard workers and talented in many ways. This semester is going by too fast but I know they all have a bright future ahead of them. From social media research to a movie night to an upcoming Open House, they are helping the Center with many projects and tasks. The movie night is on April 13th from 7 to 9 pm: Rosewater. Look soon for information about the Open House on May 4th.

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Immigration Training Cements Intern's Interest – by GM

This blog was written by GM, a spring 2017 intern at San Jose Peace and Justice Center after attending Immigration in the era of Trump training. Before becoming a student at San Jose State University, I didn’t know what I wanted to major in. Over the course of my academic…

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SJPD Crush Youth Protest on J20 by Sharat G. Lin

Three mass actions of nonviolent resistance to newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump in San José, California brought about very different police responses. The Riseup for Justice march on January 20, 2017 (nearly a thousand participants) and the Women's March on January 21, 2017 (estimated at 30,000) proceeded completely peacefully. However, the Disrupt J20 march by youths on January 20 (fifty participants) was met without warning by brutal police force resulting in three arrests and dispersal of the crowd.

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Super Bowl 50: Super Militarization and Super Inequality by Sharat G. Lin

The most expensive single sports game on Earth kicked off under unprecedented militarization of the police and the highest levels of inequality since the Great Depression. As the biggest sporting game in the United States, thousands of law enforcement and security personnel from nearly every conceivable agency have converged on…

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SJPJC Interns for 2015!

  Hi, I am Patrice! I am currently taking a break from Sonoma State University from majoring in Political science. I was born in San Jose, but have lived in many places including Sacramento, Maryland and South Korea. I would like to help my community and work on the Latin FilmSeries while I am working at the Peace and Justice Center. I have worked with Rotaract Club…

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