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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July 27, 1954
The democratically elected Guatemalan government of Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán, after receiving 65% of the vote, was overthrown by CIA-paid and -trained mercenaries. There followed a series of military dictatorships that waged a genocidal war against the indigenous Mayan Indians and against political opponents into the ’90s. Nearly 200,000 citizens died over the nearly four decades of civil war. Arbenz Guzmán wrote: “They have used the pretext of anti-communism. The truth is very different. The truth is to be found in the financial interests of the fruit company and the other U.S. monopolies which have invested great amounts of money in Latin America and fear that the example of Guatemala would be followed by other Latin countries.”
July 26, 1998
Three hundred Mexicans and Americans blockaded the Juarez-El Paso bridge in protest of the Texas Radioactive Waste Bill, which permitted the disposal of nuclear waste along the US-Mexico border.
July 25, 1898
With 16,000 troops, the United States invaded Puerto Rico at Guánica, asserting that they were liberating the inhabitants from Spanish colonial rule, which had recently granted the island’s government limited atonomy. The island, as well as Cuba and the Philippines, were spoils of the Spanish-American War which ended the following month. Puerto Rico remains a U.S. commonwealth today.
Starting in 2005, Salt Lake City started installing “flying objects” in prominent places downtown. Artists were commissioned to create art that could stand the harsh winters for at least two years. “Peace of Pie Please,” by Stephen Dayton, is one of six installed atop 12-foot-high poles at 10 W. Temple in 2014, so see it now as it might be replaced with new art soon. It is a stylized dove, topped by a colorful “peace” of pie with a fork stuck in it. The art is intended to add whimsy and color to the downtown area, and that it does.
July 23, 1913
“We are not here in this world to find elegant solutions, pregnant with initiative, or to serve the ways and modes of profitable progress. No, we are here to provide for all those who are weaker and hungrier, more battered and crippled than ourselves. That is our only certain good and great purpose on earth, and if you ask me about those insoluble economic problems that may arise if the top is deprived of their initiative, I would answer ‘To hell with them.’ The top is greedy and mean and will always find a way to take care of themselves. They always do.”
July 24, 1899
Chief Dan George
“There is a longing among all people and creatures to have a sense of purpose and worth. To satisfy that common longing in all of us we must respect each other.”
July 25, 1165
“I believe in the religion of Love, whatever direction its caravans may take, for Love is my religion and my faith.”
July 23, 1846
Author Henry David Thoreau was jailed for refusing to pay the poll tax as a protest against the Mexican war, which in turn led to his writing “Civil Disobedience.” This essay became a source of inspiration for Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. From Thoreau’s essay: “Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”
July 22, 1937
President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed to add five new justices to the Supreme Court, because the Court was overturning many of his programs; the Senate turned down his proposal.
July 21, 1896
The National Association of Colored Women (NACW) was established in Washington, D.C. Its two leading members were Josephine Ruffin and Mary Church Terrell. Founders also included some of the most renowned African-American women educators, community leaders, and civil-rights activists in America, including Harriet Tubman, Frances E.W. Harper, Margaret Murray Washington, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. The original intention of the organization was “to furnish evidence of the moral, mental and material progress made by people of colour through the efforts of our women.” However, over the next ten years the NACW became involved in campaigns favoring women’s suffrage and opposing lynching and Jim Crow laws. By the time the United States entered the First World War, membership had reached 300,000.
July 20, 1971
The first labor contract in the history of the federal government was signed by postal worker unions and the newly re-organized U.S. Postal Service. This contract was made possible by the postal strike of March 1970, in which 200,000 postal workers walked off the job, defying federal law. Prior to that, postal worker salaries started at $6,200 a year, and many postal workers were eligible for food stamps.
July 19, 1950
Pope Pius XII published the encyclical Summi maeroris, “With the Deepest Sorrow.” He wrote: “Let all of them remember what war brings in its wake, as we know only too well from experience – nothing but ruin, death and every sort of misery. With the progress of time, technology has introduced and prepared such murderous and inhuman weapons as can destroy not only armies and fleets, not only cities, towns and villages, not only the treasurers of religion, of art and culture, but also innocent children with their mothers, those who are sick and the helpless aged. Whatever the genius of man has produced that is beautiful and good and holy, all of this can be practically annihilated.”
July 18, 1975
A Jury in Hennepin County, Minnesota was dismissed after unable to come to a verdict in the trial of ice hockey player Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins, the first athlete indicted for excessive violence during play. He was accused of deliberately hitting opposing player Henry Boucha in the eye with his hockey stick and then pounding his head into the ice. (The video is of a 1980 game between the same two teams.)