San Jose Peace & Justice Center

joanOn December 22 last year, we lost our dear colleague and fellow Board member Joan Bazar.

Joan was an amazing and talented woman -- a forceful activist for peace and justice, a long-time leading member of Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF), former treasurer and current Board member of our Peace & Justice Center and very active with her late husband Dave Wald in Cuba support work

Her friend and fellow WILPF member Lois Fiedler said "I was very fortunate to be able to work in WILPF with Joan Bazar on many different projects and activities. She was a brilliant capable women whose distinctive influence in WILPF was felt throughout the organization over several decades, on the international, national, and local levels.

Joan's journalistic skills were oh so apparent in the WILPF international and national journals as well as many local projects, including the videos that she made for the SJPJC TV show 48South7th with Phil and Anne Pflager's assistance.

Joan inspired the rest of us to be better at whatever we were working on. She will be missed tremendously. Plans for a memorial service are pending.


elizabethThe peace and justice community has lost a great activist. On April 4, 2014), Elizabeth Zimmerman passed away as a result of an accident. Despite a body that progressively challenged her mobility, all who knew her admired her for bringing light to the world with her indomitable spirit, beaming smile and passion for peace.

Elizabeth worked locally for peace, serving on boards and/or committees for the Methodist Fellowship for Social Action, Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the ACLU, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Human Relations Commission of Santa Clara County, Holiday Peace Fair and San Jose Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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The San Jose Peace Center was founded in 1957 by individuals profoundly concerned about peace and justice issues, especially the growth of nuclear arsenals and atmospheric nuclear testing.

More than sixty years later, the Peace and Justice Center, along with our affiliated organizations, serves as a resource and action center for progressive activism, seeking to develop and nurture the growing community of people who work to create and participate in a just, peaceful, and non-violent society, one that ensures human rights for all people and ensures the continuation of, and respect for all life on earth.

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Our New T-Shirts are Here


Our new t-shirts are available at the Center in various sizes and styles. Unfortunately the shirts were manufactured in Honduras and other countries like Haiti and Bangladesh where sweatshops flourish and workers are subject to massive exploitation.  

We have pledged to look for alternative sources for t-shirts in the future.  We have also agreed to make a substantial donation to the Collective of Women of Honduras (COMUDEH), an organization that organizes the women workers in the sweatshops.


60th Anniversary Celebration



Join us on International Day of Peace -- Thursday, September 21 -- to help us celebrate our 60th anniversary. We will have an Open House from 5 to 8 PM at our office at 48 South 7th Street. Come by for dance, music, socializing, and refreshments. Free and open to the public.


Best of Silicon Valley

In the March 29 2017 issue of the Metro newspaper, "Best of Silicon Valley", we were named:

Best Place to Plot the Resistance

San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Founded in 1957 by people concerned about the nuclear arms race, the San Jose Peace and Justice Center has become a hub for progressive organizing. It also hosts almost daily events, including workshops, film showings, book discussions, sign making and support groups.


Our Immigrant Rights Project


A letter from SJPJC President Michelle Cordova:

Since the election, many things have changed for the immigrant community. Trump's victory has brought a lot of fear and uncertainty.

The best way to fight against what is coming is to promote the changes at a local and county level. So nonprofit organizations, unions and churches have come together to reinforce the existing coalitions that work in favor of immigrants, the LGBTQ community, Muslims, working people, women's human and social rights and people of color.

At our recent Board meeting we decided that the San Jose Peace and Justice Center will become a safe space for students and community members who may need one.

After many discussions, the coalitions decided that it is too risky to keep accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. With the new president we cannot promise that the applicant information will be kept within the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and most likely the new application cases will be reviewed after Trump is in office.

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2017 Our Sixtieth Year of Activism--We Need Your Support!


BoardLike you, we were stunned at the outcome of the presidential election. As a result of it we've been presented with very big challenges, which naturally bring opportunities and responsibilities.

 The need to protect the most vulnerable members of our community who are threatened with detention and deportation is a big concern. Our president Michelle Cordova has been representing us in a broad County-wide coalition, working with the Mexican Consulate and local agencies and non-profits on this issue. Interns from San Jose State come to our Center to participate in our Immigration Rights Project where they are trained to work with undocumented immigrants.

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Donate on SVGives Day



Visit our SVGives page and take a quick tour


We're Accessible!

liftThis fall, the Peace & Justice Center achieved our long-term goal of making the first floor of the Collins House accessible to people in wheelchairs. In 2011, we tore out the unsafe back steps and built a large porch with safe steps and handrails. Constructing a ramp would have required sacrificing multiple parking spaces, so a lift was the logical solution. We thank the Collins Foundation, owner of the Collins House and our fiscal sponsor, for all their work and financial support on this project.

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Protest Wage Theft at County Building

wage theft

Tuesday February 10 2015

Board of Supervisors Meeting at County Building

70 West Hedding St., San Jose 

The Board of Supervisors will be voting on anti-wage theft language to be included in contracts of successful bidders. In response to the Wage Theft's Coalition's advocacy, the Board of Supervisors enacted anti-wage theft language to be included in RPF:'s. We would like supporters to speak at the Board of Supervisors' meeting on Feb. 10. Wage theft hurts workers and their families. In 2012, the Labor Commission awarded $8.4 million to workers who were victims of wage theft, and workers were only able to collect $2.8 million. Wage theft is an epidemic that must be stopped. Legislation will help to deter wage theft and end the culture of noncompliance. Please support us.

85th Birthday Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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Historic Nelson Mandela Poster

mandelaby Sharat G. Lin, Friday Dec.. 27, 2013, San Jose

An historic poster honoring Nelson Mandela in the 23rd year of his incarceration by the Apartheid government of South Africa is now on display in the San José Peace and Justice Center.  The poster was printed in Hindi in 1985 by the solidarity organization Contemporary Third World in New Delhi, India.

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March Against Monsanto!

Saturday October 12th 11AM - 12PM

MLK Library, corner of San Fernando & 4th Sts., San Jose

Rally in front of the library to protect our food supply, support local farms, promote organic solutions and bring accountability to those responsible for corruption.



Film "The Vanishing City"

Friday September 27 @ 7PM

San Jose Peace & Justice Center

As cities become more interconnected, and less dependent on localized economic models, domestic issues of increased class inequality and sustainability have emerged as central components to city planning debates. These trends are perhaps best exemplified in the city of New York.

Told through the eyes of tenants, city planners, business owners, scholars, and politicians, The Vanishing City exposes the real politic behind the alarming disappearance of New York’s beloved neighborhoods, the truth about its finance-dominated economy, and the myth of “inevitable change.”

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Summer Fundraising Under Way!

coxcoxesOur summer fundraising appeal has a special focus. As noted in the latest issue of Peace Times, long-time Peace Center stalwart Bill Cox passed away on April 20. For those who wanted to honor Bill (and his late wife Alice), donations to the San Jose Peace and Justice Center were suggested at his memorial service.

We've received donations in honor of Bill  from the following members: Ronald and Caroline Williams, Curtis Jones and Lucille Boone, Elizabeth and Jim Zimmerman, Alice Davidson and Charlotte Casey.

Another donation was made in honor of Mrs. Marie Ellis.

To support our efforts for peace and justice, click the DONATE button on this page or mail a check to 48 South 7th St., San Jose 95112. You can indicate whether your donation is in memory of or to honor a friend or relative.


Summer 2013 Peace Times!

Check out our newest edition of SJPJC's Peace Times!

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Bill Cox, Lifelong Peace Activist

billBill Cox, who along with his late wife Alice was a mainstay of the Peace and Justice Center for many years, has died at age 87. Bill passed away on April 20 and his memorial service was held in Berkeley on June 1.

Please send your memories and photos of Bill to so that we can keep his memory alive via our publications and social media.


Our Newest Members

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Thank you to the parents and grandparents who made donations to the Peace & Justice Center in the name of these beautiful children. We will redouble our efforts to build a world in which they can grow to be peace-loving, healthy, and open-minded -- ready to join us in the struggle!


Support the Peace & Justice Center

felixMeet Felix, the three month old son of our coordinator Shelby Minister.

  Besides organizing and publicizing the dozens of events that we hold every month, handling all the office tasks and overseeing the volunteer activities of eight interns from San Jose State University, Shelby was out of the office on maternity leave for six weeks in the summer.

  We're dedicating our end-of-year fundraising campaign to Felix and all the babies around the world who were born in 2012. 

  Thinking about Felix and all these new citizens of the planet brings a special urgency to our work. We want them to grow up healthy and well-fed, in a world without war and global warming.

  You can help us progress toward this goal as we carry on the work that was begun by the founders of the Peace & Justice Center 55 years ago.

  Please make a generous donation either online at or by sending a check to 48 S. 7th St., San Jose 95112.  Donations made in honor or in memory of an individual will be noted on our web site.

 If you donate in honor of a new baby or any child, email the child's photo to and we will include it in a collage on our web site.

With warm greetings for a peaceful holiday season,

Sharat G. Lin, President

Shelby Minister, Coordinator

Judy Purrington, Secretary

Charlotte Casey, Treasurer


Elsa Crumpley, Advocate for Peace & Justice

doveElsa Crumpley, 97 years old, a long time advocate for peace and justice, passed away June 5, 2012 in Oakland.  Elsa was a frequent Peace Times contributor and had been active with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom where at times she had served as corresponding secretary and legislative alert chairperson.

There are two memorial gatherings planned, one at 1:00 PM , Saturday, June 16, at Grand Lake Gardens, 401 Santa Clara Ave, Oakland, CA where she had been living for several years.  RSVP to Stephine Troyan-Page would very much be appreciated:  650-400-4093 or 650-853-0200 or email sstroyan

At 1:00 PM on July 21 at the home of Elsa's son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Debbie, 4130 Sly Park Rd., Pollock Pines Ct., CA where Elsa's ashes will be buried along side her husband Forest Crumpley's and their son's.  Call or email Roz Dean for directions and more information- 408-923-7001 or rozal

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Dr. Sharat Lin in Cairo

cairoPresident of the Peace and Justice Center Dr. Sharat G. Lin is currently in Cairo, reporting on activities associated with the first anniversary of the Egyptian revolution.

"The first anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution yesterday was a huge combination of celebration and protest. All peaceful. Perhaps a half million people in Tahrir Square -- fewer than the million some had been expecting -- but more than in any other occasion in which I have participated. Today, January 26, the celebrations are gone, some tents remain, but the protests continue."

Photo taken on January 25 2012 by Sharat G. Lin.


We Reached Our Goal -- Thank You!

Thank you to all the donors who helped us reach and surpass our goal. The total reached by midnight 12/31 was $5450.

Donations were made in memory of Lisa Kalvelage, Dave Wald, Alice Cox,  Aaron Belansky, Grace Salazar, Nicholas Aljuni, and in honor of Bill Cox and Jeff Lake. We look forward to a year of continuing the struggle for peace and justice and hope for your continuing support.


Charlie Walton, 1922 - 2011

charlieCharlie Walton, a long-time board member and supporter of the Peace & Justice Center and Collins Foundation, has passed away at 89. Charlie was responsible for the Peace Essay Contest, which for many years inspired young people to think deeply about issues related to peace and justice.

A memorial service for Charlie will be held at the Los Gatos Unitarian Church on December 18 at 3pm. An article about Charlie and his inventions appeared in the Mercury News on November 27.


Altar Honors Deceased Activists

Honoring deceased family and friends with a "Day of the Dead" altar is a Mexican custom that has taken hold in the general culture. This year we have one in the front hall of the Collins House. We invite our members to stop by to see it and to contribute your own tributes and photos of people who have been part of the long history of the peace and justice movement in the South Bay.

We are grateful to our community partner MAIZ/Cithuatl Tlatocan for helping with the sugar skulls and other objects that decorate the altar. Thanks also to the members of the Spanish for Activists class for contributing the traditional marigolds and other objects.


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