SF Bay Area

Memorial Day Peace Caravan/Demonstrators Drive to Donate to Homeless in San Jose

sm_historicreplacejm.jpg

by Ruth Robertson
Tuesday May 26th, 2020 9:10 AM

Photos by Simona Martin, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

On May 25, a Peace Caravan of activists drove in decorated cars through the streets of San Jose to demand human rights to health, housing, education, a living wage and all the components of a dignified life. The colorful caravan of about a dozen cars ended their protest at a homeless encampment where they made a donation and received thanks from Scott Wagers who serves and ministers to the city’s unhoused.

Participants in a Peace Caravan on Memorial Day say the holiday was established as a day to honor American service members who died in wars. But, they said on May 25th, glorification of war has never seemed more wrong than now, during this pandemic.


“The money and resources we use for the military only feed endless wars and wreaks havoc overseas. Now, with COVID-19, we are putting the U.S. public, and the world’s health in peril,” stated Charlotte Casey of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. The Peace Center, established in 1957, organized a caravan to call out for social justice and demand human rights to health, housing, education, a living wage and all the components of a dignified life.

People started decorating their cars at Peace Crossroads, the intersection of Stevens Creek and Winchester Boulevards in San Jose, at 3pm. It has been 17 years since lovers of peace have been gathering at the same intersection. By 3:20pm they were on their way, about a dozen cars all in a lineup, honking through the city streets, headed to downtown San Jose to donate to a homeless fund.

sm_beautifuljm.jpg
Their caravan ended at the parking lot behind Roosevelt Community Center on East Santa Clara Street, where demonstrators met with volunteers from the Community Homeless Alliance Ministry (CHAM). There they toured the “Mercy Mobile” a van outfitted to deliver supplies to homeless camps in San Jose.

Pastor Scott Wagers of CHAM has been called a game changer for the work he has done to help the homeless in San Jose. He welcomed the caravaners, thanking them for their energy and spirit along with their monetary donation. Homelessness is a growing problem in San Jose, and there have been regular sweeps by authorities at local encampments, he reminded the group. Despite hopes that the city would rent hotel rooms for the unhoused during the pandemic, the city did not respond to the appeals of advocates for the unhoused, he said.

Demonstrators were left asking the question, if a pandemic like COVID-19 can’t force the city of San Jose to once and for all reckon with homelessness, what can?

sm_pcaravanwavejm_1.jpg

 

sm_pcaravansharatsitjm_1.jpg

 

sm_mercymobilejm.jpg

cp_banner
CodePink is a women's grassroots-initiated, worldwide organization of women and men working for peace, social justice and a green economy. CodePink SF serves the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.


 

Actions
Sep
27
Sun
8:00 AM Creech Anti-Drone Week of Resist...
Creech Anti-Drone Week of Resist...
Sep 27 @ 8:00 AM – Oct 3 @ 9:00 AM
Creech Anti-Drone Week of Resistance
Creech Anti-Drone Week of Resistance September 27 – October 3, 2020 Please join us for all or part of this COVID-safe convergence to resist U.S. Empire at Creech Killer Drone Base in Nevada, north of Las Vegas. Though the[...]

PinkBridgeDivider

 

WORLD

  • Defund the Police, Defund the Military June 10, 2020editorDefund the Police, Defund the Military
    Credit: CODEPINK by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies On June 1, President Trump threatened to ...
  • No Iran Sanctions March 27, 2020editorNo Iran Sanctions
    This week, the official death toll in Iran from the coronavirus pandemic surged to 1,433 ...
  • Travel With Codepink. March 6, 2020editorTravel With Codepink.
    CODEPINK is organizing, co-sponsoring and traveling to Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Colombia, and Honduras this spring-summer. Join us as ...

PinkBridgeDivider

ARTS

  • Glowing Magic Beauty a Review. March 3, 2020editorGlowing Magic Beauty a Review.
    Glowing Magic Beauty is a practical guide for developing and living a joyous life. The ...
  • Poem July 6, 2019editorPoem
    The Earth is The Only One Telling The Truth By Kelly Curry I set the table with ...
  • Book Launch Stirs Controversy. December 13, 2015editorBook Launch Stirs Controversy.
    The book launch event for EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION: AMERICAN WRITERS ON PALESTINE at the Center for Fiction on ...

PinkBridgeDivider

GREEN ECONOMY

PinkBridgeDivider

From our National Site

The national CodePink organization organizes for justice for Iraqis and to hold war criminals accountable. CodePink actively opposes the U.S. war in Afghanistan, torture, the detention center at Guantanamo, weaponized and spy drones, the prosecution of whistleblowers, U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and repressive regimes.

Rooted in a network of local organizers, CodePink's tactics include satire, street theatre, creative visuals, civil resistance, and directly challenging powerful decision-makers in government and corporations. And, of course, wearing pink!