Please meet and welcome our new Director
A message from Paul George
I am delighted to introduce you to PPJC’s new Director, Julia Malakiman.
Julia is a highly engaging, passionate, and committed activist from San Jose. All of us at PPJC are excited to have her coming on board. Personally, I am thrilled to be passing on the leadership of PPJC to such a capable person as Julia, who, upon being told she was selected for the position responded, “This is a dream come true.” As I retire after 30 years, I can assure you that PPJC will be in excellent hands.
Julia’s academic background has been centered around social justice, human rights, education, and grassroots organizing. She attended De Anza College where she was elected student body president. One of Julia’s many initiatives at De Anza was to help organize a Student March in Sacramento to demand reforms to Proposition 13, to make more funding available for schools and colleges.
She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley, where she was active with Students for Justice in Palestine, among many other pursuits. Julia is currently in France completing her Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies (SciencesPo as it is commonly referred to).
Julia will be coming on board in mid-April and we can’t wait. And I’m anxious for all of you to meet her, as well, so I hope you’ll make some time to come to the Goodbye/Hello party on April 28 (see details below).
Our work at PPJC is driven by our belief that democracy occurs every day – when ordinary people demand an active role in the great decisions facing our country and world. I have no doubt that Julia Malakiman understands and values that tradition. Welcome, Julia!
For peace and justice,
Director (soon-to-be Emeritus)
A message from Julia Malakiman
My name is Julia Malakiman and I am honored to be serving as the new Director of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. I have big shoes to fill, given Paul George’s legacy to grassroots organizing over the last 30 years. Nonetheless, I am excited and humbled to be leading this vital center into its next chapter.
To say we have a lot of work to do is an understatement. From housing discrimination and mass incarceration to a neoliberal foreign policy and a US military industrial complex – this only begins to touch on the issues that are rampant and unceasing. That said, it is my promise, as Director, to work in coalition with our alliances – be it activists, students, neighbors, you – and rise to the challenges that face us, our community, and the planet.
The youth are mobilizing and for good reason. We understand our futures are being destroyed by a greedy and unequal system and profits are taking priority over people. Having a center such as PPJC provides a crucial space for resources, organizing, education, and an alternative discourse to mainstream corporate media. But it will take your continued engagement to stand together with us in these important fights.
I am hopeful we will shape a future that is more inclusive and embraces the principles of our center which is focused around freedom, justice, and human rights. Let us find strength in each other and make sure no one falls through the cracks. I am joining a fantastic team and an incredible community. I look forward to speaking with each and every one of you and welcome your feedback and suggestions.
My warmest regards,