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October 22 in Peace & Justice History

October 22, 1968
President Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968. It regulated firearms above .50-caliber as destructive devices and required registration and owner’s fingerprints. It also banned the sale of handguns to those under 21. Enforcement was up to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF). It barred the import of assault weapons even if they were reconfigured if they were not found to have legitimate “sporting purposes.”

Friday’s Films: A Man Called Ove & Denial

oveOpens October 21 at the Bijou: Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors. Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some disturbing images, and language. In Swedish, with subtitles.

denialOpens October 21 at the Bijou: Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel. Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language. It stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, and Timothy Spall.

October 21 in Peace & Justice History

October 21, 2012
In Zaragoza, Spain, around 1,000 people got together for a lunch prepared from leftover food in good condition. They were part of a movement called “Comida Basura: Tu basura es mi tesoro” (Waste Food: Your Trash, My Treasure), a citizen’s platform combating food waste, created in Madrid in 2010. It promotes activities like collecting food in good condition that has been thrown out by supermarkets, asking for leftovers at restaurants and organizing soup kitchens.

October 20 in Peace & Justice History

October 20, 1975
The Supreme Court ruled in Baker vs Owen that teachers could spank students if the students were told in advance of the behavior that would warrant such punishment. A growing body of research has shown that spanking and other forms of physical discipline can pose serious risks to children.

October 19 in Peace & Justice History

October 19, 1969
In a speech denouncing the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, Vice President Spiro Agnew characterized the war’s opponents as “an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”

October 18 in Peace & Justice History

October 18, 2009
Brazilian Chief Almir Surui unveiled a project in partnership with Google, to make public the encroachment of illegal mining and logging on his people’s 600,000 acre Amazon Rainforest reserve.

October 17 in Peace & Justice History


October 17, 1975
Muhammad Ali led a one mile march through Trenton, NJ in support of freeing Rubin Carter (The Hurricane), culminating in a rally of 1600 demonstrators outside the state capitol. When Carter was eventually released, he said: “Hate got me into this place, love got me out.” Carter was a middleweight boxer who was wrongfully convicted of murder and later released from prison following a petition of habeas corpus after spending almost 20 years in prison.

Monday’s Monument: John Lennon Peace Wall, Prague, Czech Republic

Monday’s Monument: John Lennon Peace Wall, Prague, Czech Republic

When John Lennon was murdered in 1980 he became a hero to many youth in what was then communist-ruled Czechoslovakia and his picture was painted on a wall in Mala Strana, near the French Embassy, along with graffiti defying the authorities. By doing this, those young activists risked prison for what was called “subversive activities against the state.” Police would white-wash the wall. It would be repainted. And repainted again. The movement these students followed was described ironically as “Lennonism.” Some believe that the John Lennon Peace Wall helped inspire the non-violent Velvet Revolution that led to the fall of Communism in the former Czechoslovakia in 1989. On 17 November 2014, the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the wall was painted over in pure white by a group of art students, leaving only the text “wall is over.” The wall was quickly re-graffiti-ed and the “Wall is Over” changed to “War is Over.”

Happy Birthday, Peacemakers

October 18, 1904
AJ Liebling
“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”

October 19, 1921
Paulo Freire
“Attempting to liberate the oppressed without their reflective participation in the act of liberation is to treat them as objects that must be saved from a burning building.”

October 19, 1720
John Woolman
“Wealth is attended with power, by which bargains and proceedings, contrary to universal righteousness, are supported; and hence oppression, carried on with worldly policy and order, clothes itself with the name of justice and becomes like a seed of discord in the soul.”

October 16 in Peace & Justice History

October 16, 2009
French farmers struggling with slumping grain prices blanketed the Champs-Elysees with bales of hay and set them ablaze, and blocked highways around the country as they demanded government help.

October 15 in Peace & Justice History

October 15, 2011
A group of young Mexicans joined the global Indignados/Occupy movement of protesters who are ‘indignant’ over the effects of the economic policies that have led to the profound crisis affecting much of the world by camping out in front of the Mexico City Stock Exchange.

October 14 in Peace & Justice History

October 14, 2009
During US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit, dozens of Russian lawmakers from minority parties staged a rare walkout from the Duma (parliament) to protest what they and independent monitors describe as rigged local elections across Russia.

  1. Peace in the Park

    October 22 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  2. CircleFest

    October 22 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Breaking Down Borders: Lyrical Activism and Hip Hop Poetic @PaloAlto

    October 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
  4. Decolonize the Vote

    October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Conference on Justice and Social Concerns: Immigration, Migration and Refugees @StMarysU

    October 25 @ 9:45 am - October 26 @ 9:00 pm
  6. LGBTQ Chicanos y Chicanas in San Antonio’s History @SAC

    October 25 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
  7. Dialogue Matters: Hunger and Poverty

    October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  8. UIW Peace Day

    October 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:45 pm
  9. Image of the Enemy Film Screening

    October 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  10. Char Miller and Bob Rivard in Conversation: California Dreams, Texas Schemes

    October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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