Introductions – 2017 Office Team Interns

By Michele Mashburn, Coordinator

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.

So let’s meet the interns:

A is for Andy…


Hello there, my name is Andy and I am one of the Spring 2017 “Office Team” Interns at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center! I am currently a senior in my final semester at San Jose State University, majoring in Justice Studies with a minor in Human Rights. Additionally, I am the Vice President of Alpha Phi Sigma Iota Chapter, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society and a member of Forensic Science Students Club. Outside of school, I have coached high school wrestling for 7 years, and have 11 years of experience in the sport as well. My hobbies include hanging out with friends, adventuring new places and cuisine, and watching movies & TV shows on both Netflix and Hulu. Some of my academic interests include the Media, Management within the Criminal Justice System, and Juvenile Delinquency.

G is for GM…


Hello, my name is GM. I am a student at San Jose State University majoring in Justice  Studies. This Spring semester, I am an intern at San Jose Peace and Justice Center (in BOTH the “Office Team” and the “Immigration Relief Project”). I am a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. I will be graduating this year. My interests include anything outdoor related including: Football, Basketball, and the occasional hike. I also love to spend time at the gym and reading. Although I haven’t read a book in a while, I want to start reading again because books are a great way to gain knowledge while being entertained.

My free time is usually spent outside or watching movies and TV shows. I also love spending time with my family in our backyard having barbecues on the weekends. Oh, and let’s not forget that I enjoy watching professional sports: My favorite teams are the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Chargers.

K is for Kevin…

Hello, My name is Kevin and I am currently a student at San Jose State IMG_2791University with a major in Justice Studies. This Spring semester, I am one of the “Office Team” interns at San Jose Peace and Justice Center. Also, I am an active member of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. When I am not in school, I spend most of my time with family, friends, and playing sports. Therefore, I am a basketball enthusiast who is a huge fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. I also love being in the outdoors and trying new things. I am originally from America’s Finest City, San Diego, which means that I love Mexican food, beaches, and sunny weather. One thing that not a lot of people know about me is that I’m a very shy person at first, but once you get to know me, I am actually very outgoing and love to make people laugh.

N is for Nikki…

image2Hello. My name is Nikki and I am an “Office Team” Intern with San Jose Peace & Justice Center this Spring 2017. I am a senior at San Jose State University and will be getting my Bachelors of Science in Justice Studies this year. I am an Iranian-American and as an immigrant I am very interested in human rights and immigration issues.

In my free time, I like to spend time with my loved ones (family, friends, and my dog), read books, hike, go to the beach, watch movies, listen to music, watch soccer, and explore the area.


Elsa Crumpley: Must learn from events of last century

Opinion: Friday January 21, 2011

Must learn from events of last century
Elsa Crumpley – My Word
RECENT EVENTS in Tucson, Ariz., recall for me some of the most terrifying events in my life.
From 1932 to 1936, as I attended Brooklyn College in New York, students learned current history from the live world developments resulting from World War 1 and the Depression that followed. We watched, and we worried.
Germany, having lost the war suffered demands and restrictions imposed by the loss, which brought a complete breakdown to its economy and the basic needs of the people could not be satisfied. The government was inadequate to find a proper solution
The years that followed saw the rise of the fascist movement brought about by Adolf HItler, who built his power by manipulation unsubstantiated fears, thus generating hatred prevailing in Germany
Acceptance of the lies and misrepresentations enabled Nazi control of thinking and actions of the public to bring about domination of fascist leadership of the country. The big factor in achieving this control lay in active pursuit of anti-Semitism and anti-labor publicity and activity.
Ever-increasing activity and violence in the 1930s by Hitler’s Nationalist Socialist Party destroyed freedom of thought in Germany, and more than 6 million Jews lost their lives. Hitler’s party achieved power, and fascist control and fear led to a loss of democracy and to World War 2.
There is no doubt that the campaign was brought about by a constant repetition of lies and abuse and destructive activity that forced acceptance by the people. Democratic elements who objected were suppressed.
Increasing political activity in our country has become abusive and violently dangerous. It is unacceptable. An atmosphere of hatred and intolerance has led to violence that we do not tolerate.
The longer the lies and insults are allowed to continue, the closer we get to losing democratic control, making way for special interests to increase power.
When active elements and the media concentrate on negative and destructive tactics, a neutral balance is destroyed and we lose sight of truth and democratic power.
Above all, we must maintain an atmosphere of courtesy and respect, a willingness to listen to others, accept different opinions and make joint decisions.
Our strength lies in democratic control and decisions. Let us strengthen the power of the United Nations. Let us assert our will and determination to maintain a strong democracy through individual and joint action.
Let us learn by experience of the world’s people.