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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September 19, 2001
The Harkin-Engel Protocol called for action from the chocolate and cocoa industry to put an end to exploitative child labor by 2005 (the deadline was not met.) It also included a commitment to develop voluntary and industry-wide standards of public certification that cocoa beans had been grown and processed without the use of child labor. almost 2 million children had worked on cocoa farms or plantations. Tens of thousands of them were illegally trafficked and sold into child slavery. They are forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions with little or no pay for their work. 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, where these children are forced to work in the fields. A handful of western corporations control almost all of the cocoa exports from the West Coast of Africa. All major chocolate companies buy from producers that use child labor.
“Cold War Horse” was created to acknowledge the history of Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, its workers, and the surrounding community. During its operation Rocky Flats manufactured parts for nuclear bombs; an estimated 70,000 plutonium triggers were produced at the plant beginning in 1952. Over the years Rocky Flats experienced many routine and accidental releases into the air soil and water, many of which eventually became public. In 1989 the FBI raided the plant because of suspected environmental crimes. Rockwell International, who operated the plant at the time, plead guilty and was ordered to pay an $18 million fine. In 1992 the plant was closed and remediation began on what was now an EPA superfund site. Cold War Horse was created by Jeff Gipe, whose father worked in the plant.
September 18, 1850
Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, allowing slave owners to reclaim slaves who escaped into another state, and levying harsh penalties on those who would interfere with the apprehension of runaway slaves. As part of the Compromise of 1850, it offered federal officers a fee for each captured slave and denied the slaves the right to a jury trial.
September 19, 1921
“Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferals of information.”
September 20, 1878
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
September 20, 1911
Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya
“God has himself given eyes, ears, hands, feet and nostrils in pairs, but tongue is only one. Therefore, speak less and do more.”
September 16, 1973
Victor Jara (b.1932), one of the best-known members of Latin America’s “New Song” folk movement, died. He had been arrested after the Chilean military coup that overthrew Allende and taken to a soccer stadium used as a detention camp. Court papers indicate Jara was tortured, his hands smashed with rifle butts, and then was shot to death.
September 13, 1989
30 000 people from Capetown, South Africa from a diverse cross-section of the city marched in support of peace and the end of apartheid. The event, led by Mayor Gordon Oliver, Archbishop Tutu, Rev Frank Chikane, Moulana Farid Esack, Allan Boesak, and other religious leaders, was held in defiance of the State of Emergency which banned political protests and apartheid laws which enforced racial segregation. The march resulted in concessions from the apartheid cabinet headed by FW de Klerk, following years of violent clashes between anti-apartheid protestors and the police.
September 12, 1956
Though the desegregation of Kentucky’s public schools proceeded with a minimum of difficulty, there were some trouble spots. In the first days of school in 1956 at Sturgis, in Union County, Kentucky, nine African American students attempted to attend the all-white high school. Turned back by a jeering mob, they appealed to Governor A. B. “Happy” Chandler, who activated the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky State Police, their mission, to maintain law and order, and ensure that all students had the opportunity to attend public school. The following morning Guard and State Police personnel held back the crowd as nine black students entered the school at Sturgis. At the same time, a similar confrontation was taking place at Clay in Webster County, Kentucky. There almost all the white students boycotted the grade school when two black students enrolled. The National Guard and State Police kept order outside an almost empty school.
In 1969 art collectors Dominique and John de Menil offered to purchase Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk, considered by many the finest sculpture of the 20th Century, as a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to be installed downtown, in front of Houston’s City Hall. It was to be accompanied by the words “Forgive Them, for They Know Not What They Do.” The city turned them down, and the piece was installed, floating in a reflecting pool, in a courtyard of Rothko Chapel. The work is abstract; you bring your own meaning to it. It recalls, perhaps, the shattered dreams expressed in the shadow of the Washington Monument, broken by the assassination of King. For forty years, the Rothko Chapel, dedicated in 1971, has served as a space for personal contemplation, interfaith dialogue and action for human rights.
September 11, 2000
British farmers and others protested fuel prices and blockades at refineries caused shortages and panic buying. Prime Minister Blair refused to make concessions.