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Monday’s Monument: Breathing, London, England

Monday’s Monument: Breathing, London, England

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 in Peace & Justice History

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.

Happy Birthday, Peacemakers!

May 22, 1930
Harvey Milk
“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
Coleman Young
“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 in Peace & Justice History

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 in Peace & Justice History

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 in Peace & Justice History

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 in Peace & Justice History

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.

May 17 in Peace & Justice History

May 17, 1921
The Lucy Stone League was founded, committed to the principle that women can choose to keep their own names when they marry. Lucy Stone (1818–1853) was reportedly the first woman in the United States to keep her name after marrying.

May 16 in Peace & Justice History

May 16, 1918
The U.S. Congress passed the Sedition Act. Aimed at socialists, pacifists and other anti-war activists, the Sedition Act imposed harsh penalties on anyone found guilty of making false statements; insulting or abusing the U.S. government, conscription, the flag, the Constitution or the military; agitating against the production of necessary war materials; or advocating, teaching or defending any of these acts.

May 15 in Peace & Justice History

May 15, 1817
Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Monday’s Monument: This One Earth, DMZ, South Korea

Monday’s Monument: This One Earth, DMZ, South Korea

The Demilitarized Zone is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula; it was established as part of the armistice agreement in 1953 to serve as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. Since 1974, the South Koreans have discovered four infiltration tunnels that start in North Korea and dip under the DMZ; they speculate that there may be as many as twenty yet-to-be-discovered tunnels. Only 20 miles from the South Korean capital of Seoul, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel — “the Tunnel of Aggression” — was discovered in 1978. It penetrates 0.3 miles south of the DMZ, running through bedrock at a depth of about 240 feet below ground. Capable of moving a full division (30,000 soldiers, plus their weapons) per hour, to the South Koreans it was obviously designed for a surprise attack on Seoul. The North Koreans claim it was used for coal mining, although there is no coal in the area. This tunnel is now a tourist attraction, complete with a gift shop (concrete barriers prevent tourists from passing to the other side.) This statue is one of a number of pro-unification artworks and sculptures found on both sides of the DMZ. The split earth indicates the sadness of a country torn in two. Men, women and children on both sides of the divide attempt to push the earth back together, in a symbol of peace and forgiveness.

Happy Birthday, Peacemakers!

May 15, 1856
L. Frank Baum
“There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.”

May 15, 1935
Utah (Bruce) Phillips
“No root, no fruit.”

May 19, 1925
Malcolm X
“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”

  1. Roots of Economic Segregation and Social Immobility

    May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Creating Sanctuary in San Antonio’s Faith Communities

    May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. In the City for Good: Creating a Resilient Community

    May 25 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Compassion Vigil @ Main Plaza

    May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  5. Malcolm X Movie Screening

    May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. SA Town Hall for Senators Cruz and Cornyn

    May 31 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  7. Poets for Peace

    June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  8. Film & Panel Discussion: “The Danish Girl”

    June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  9. “Just One Day” Candlelight Vigil for No-Kill Shelters

    June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  10. Theater – Mexico: Through the Wall / a Traves del Muro

    June 16 @ 8:00 pm - June 18 @ 5:00 pm

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