PEOPLE WITH A
PASSION FOR PEACE
Since 1995, the all-volunteer and interfaith peaceCENTER continues to be a significant community catalyst for peace in San Antonio, Texas. Compassion and Justice are our strong guiding lights. Contemplative Practices, Experiential Education, and Nonviolent Actions are our working expressions throughout the community at large.
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San Antonio, Texas 78216
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December 9, 2013
A Paris auction of sacred objects from the Hopi and San Carlos Apache Native American tribes kicked off despite objections from the US and activists. The auction fetched more than 550,000 euros. On Dec 11 a US charitable foundation said that it was the anonymous bidder that paid $530,000 for 24 Native American masks in the auction and will return them to the Hopi Nation in Arizona and the San Carlos Apache tribe
December 8, 2005
The Third Protocol additional to the Geneva Conventions established the Red Crystal as an emblem that can be used by states that have difficulty with either the Red Cross or the Red Crescent because of perceptions that they may have religious significance. The emblems are used throughout the world to protect medical personnel, buildings and equipment in time of armed conflict.
December 7, 1982
The first execution by lethal injection took place at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Charles Brooks, Jr., convicted of murdering an auto mechanic, received an intravenous injection of sodium pentathol, the barbiturate that is known as a “truth serum” when administered in lesser doses.
December 6, 1987
On the eve of Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s arrival in the United States for a summit meeting with President Ronald Reagan, more than 200,000 protesters in Washington protested Soviet policies concerning Russian Jews. The protests succeeded in focusing public attention on human rights abuses in Russia.
December 5, 1953
The Montgomery Bus Boycott began.
The Winter War began with the Soviet invasion of Finland on 30 November 1939, and ended with the Moscow Peace Treaty on 13 March 1940. The League of Nations deemed the attack illegal and expelled the Soviet Union from the League on 14 December 1939. Finland ceded territory representing 11% of its land area and 30% of its economy to the Soviet Union, but Soviet losses were heavy, and the country’s international reputation suffered. This monument was dedicated in 2003. Stones standing on an area covering almost three hectares (7 acres) represent the number of soldiers who died in the Winter War battles of Suomussalmi. This stone field reminds us of the human suffering which the war brought. It impels the viewer to reflect on the mindlessness of war. The central monument “Wide Embrace” stretches its protective wings over the silent field of stones. The monument contains 105 brass bells, one for each day of the Winter War. When the wind blows the bells sound a quiet message of the mindlessness of war. A text on the central monument reads, “Although man dies – his memory lives on.” The Winter War Monument is a powerful message for peace. It communicates to its viewer the idea that war is a horror that no-one alive today need experience. The idea of peace is particularly stressed by the fact that a joint monument has been built to commemorate the dead of two nations — Finland and Russia — which fought against each other.
December 4, 1969
Black Panthers Fred Hampton, 21, and Mark Clark 22, were shot to death by 14 police officers as they lay sleeping in their Chicago, IL, apartment. While authorities claimed the Panthers had opened fire on the police who were there to serve a search warrant for weapons, evidence later emerged that the FBI, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and the Chicago police conspired to assassinate Hampton.
December 7, 1928
“One of the problems of organizing in the North, in the rich countries, is that people tend to think – even the activists – that instant gratification is required. You constantly hear: ‘Look I went to a demonstration, and we didn’t stop the war so what’s the use of doing it again?'”
December 8, 1894
“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
December 9, 1608
“He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.”
December 3, 1984
An explosion at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India lead to the worst industrial accident in history. At least 2,000 people died and another 200,000 were injured when toxic gas enveloped the city of nearly a million people.
December 2, 1917
Dorothy Day and seven other suffragists, who had been arrested for picketing the White House to demand women’s suffrage and were sentenced to jail, announced on this day that they would sue for damages because of their brutal treatment in jail. They planned to ask for $50,000 each in damages. Lucy Burns, one of the women planning to sue, alleged that she had been manacled to the door of her cell and threatened with a “strap and buckle gag.”
December 1, 1862
President Lincoln gave the State of the Union message to the 37th Congress. “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present… As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves.”
6 Saint Nicholas Day – Christian
8 Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) – Buddhism
8 Immaculate Conception of Mary – Catholic Christian
12 Feast day – Our Lady of Guadalupe – Catholic Christian
12 Mawlid an Nabe – Islam
16-25 Posadas Navidenas – Hispanic Christian
21 Solstice Yule – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
21 Litha – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
24 Christmas Eve – Christian
25 Christmas – Christian
25 Feast of the Nativity – Orthodox Christian
25-Jan 1 Hanukkah – Jewish
26 Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) – Zoroastrian
26 St Stephen’s Day – Christian
26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa – African-American
28 Holy Innocents – Christian
30 Holy Family – Catholic Christian
31 Watch Night – Christian
31 Omisoka Japanese Shinto/Buddhist