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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May 27, 1968
The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sébastien Charléty.
May 26, 1957
Because the U.S. government had suspended singer/activist Paul Robeson’s passport based on of his political views, he gave a concert by phone for a London audience. One thousand people crammed into St. Pancras Hall to hear Robeson sing six numbers. The transatlantic phone connection was established only five minutes before the concert was scheduled to begin, but the sound quality proved to be excellent.
May 25, 1774
A group of African slaves in Massachusetts Bay colony petitioned the British royal governor for freedom as their natural right: “. . . we have in common with all other men a natural right to our freedoms without Being depriv’d of them by our fellow men as we are a freeborn Pepel [people] and have never forfeited this Blessing by aney compact or agreement whatever.”
May 24, 1774
The Virginia House of Burgesses declared this a day of “fasting, humiliation and prayer” in reaction to the British closure of the Port of Boston.
May 23, 1993
The U.S. proposed creating safe havens in Bosnia-Herzegovina for Muslims, but the president there replied that his people are not willing to be put “in reservations.”
Breathing is a memorial sculpture situated on the roof of the Peel Wing of BBC Broadcasting House, in London. The sculpture commemorates journalists and associated staff who have been killed while carrying out their work. It consists of a 10-metre high glass and steel column, with a torch-like, inverted spire shape; it also features a poem by James Fenton. At night the sculpture gently glows, then at 10pm every evening (coinciding with the broadcast of the BBC ten o’clock news) the memorial shines a beam of light into the sky for 30 minutes, which reaches up to 900m. The memorial was officially unveiled on 16 June 2008 by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. The sculpture is by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Jame’s Fenton’s poem: read more…
May 22, 2001
Delegates from 127 countries formally voted approval of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS), a treaty calling for the initial elimination of 12 of the most dangerous man-made chemicals, nine of which are pesticides. POPS are often toxic at very low levels, resist degradation and thus persist for decades or longer, because they become concentrated in living tissue, are readily spread by atmospheric and ocean currents.
May 22, 1930
“The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, that my friends, is true perversion.”
May 24, 1918
“You can’t look forward and backward at the same time.”
May 27, 1819
Julia Ward Howe
“Ambitious people climb, but faithful people build.”
May 21, 1678
The custom of “weighing the Mayor” began in High Wycombe, Bucks, England, after Mayor Henry Shepard in was reported as being drunk and misbehaving himself. The Mayor is weighed upon taking up office, and again a year later when the next incumbent takes on the annual role. The Mayor is be seated on special brass scales – if “and no more” is called out, the crowd will cheer as it’s assumed they have been working hard. If the verdict is “And some more!”, it means the mayor has been indulging in too much good living at rate payers’ expense and the crowd jeers and boos.
May 20, 1964
After a 31-month investigation, the U.S. Attorney in Fort Wayne, Indiana, informed the FBI that it would not prosecute Wand Records on charges of interstate distribution of obscene material for distributing the hit record “Louie Louie.” The FBI Laboratory was “unable to determine [its] words or lyrics.”
May 19, 2015
The Refugio oil spill, caused by a burst pipeline, deposited 142,800 U.S. gallons (3,400 barrels) of crude oil onto an area in California considered one of the most biologically diverse coastlines of the west coast.
May 18, 1979
A jury in a federal court in Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee established a company’s responsibility for damage to the health of a worker in the nuclear industry. Karen Silkwood worked for the Kerr-McGee Nuclear Corporation at their Cimmaron, Texas, plant where plutonium was manufactured and had suffered radiation exposure. The jury awarded her estate $505,000 in actual damages, and $10 million punitive damages. She had died in a car accident on her way to a meeting with a The New York Times reporter five years earlier.