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.
285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78216
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Join us for the Blessing of the Peacemakers and the appointment of the 2018 San Antonio Peace Laureates. Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3-5PM at the Whitley Center. Free and open to the public.
The White Rose (German: die Weiße Rose) was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign, lasting from June 1942 until February 1943, that called for active opposition to dictator Adolf Hitler’s regime. The six most recognized members of the German resistance group were arrested by the Gestapo, tried for treason and beheaded in 1943. The text of their sixth leaflet was smuggled by the jurist Helmuth James Graf von Moltke out of Germany through Scandinavia to the United Kingdom, and in July 1943, copies of it were dropped over Germany by Allied planes, retitled “The Manifesto of the Students of Munich”. Copies of White Rose pamphlets have been embedded in the pavement of Geschwister-Scholl-Platz (Scholl Siblings’ Plaza) outside the central hall of Ludwig-Maximilian University, where the students attended. They were eventually captured strewing pamphlets from the balcony of the central hall of the main building; there is a memorial picturing all seven conspirators there. Two large fountains are in front of the university, one on either side of Ludwigstraße, one dedicated to Hans and Sophie Scholl and the other to Professor Huber. Many schools, streets, and other places across Germany are named in memory of the members of the White Rose. The asteroid 7571 Weisse Rose is named after the group.
October 25, 1914
“We must travel in the direction of our fear.”
October 25, 1973
“Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded.”
October 27, 1872
“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”
October 18, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI received an open letter signed by 38 Muslim personalities from various countries and of different outlooks, which discussed point by point the views on Islam expressed by the Pope in his September 12 Regensburg lecture. The Pope had quoted Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos as saying: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only bad and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
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, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for 20 years for a crime he did not commit was eventually released, he said: “Hate got me into this place, love got me out.”
In front of Rådhuset is this bronze monument, called Fredsmonumentet (the monument of peace). It was created in 1955 by the artist Ivar Johnsson, to commemorate a celebration of the peaceful dissolution of the union of Sweden and Norway in 1905, which was ceremoniously accomplished in Karlstad. One name people call it is “Skräcktanten” (the Horror Lady) ; a TV program selected it as the ugliest statue in Sweden. The soldier’s head, with it’s missing eyes, sharpened teeth and snakes slithering from his helmet truly is horrific.
October 17, 1813
“One must love humanity in order to reach out into the unique essence of each individual: no one can be too low or too ugly.”
October 17, 1898
“Art exists for the human species. I think that all of the people who love art, those who teach art, and all of you should burn with the obligation to save the world.”
October 18, 1948
“Language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people’s lives.”
October 15, 1958
In a speech to the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) convention in Chicago, CBS News correspondent Edward R. Murrow challenged the broadcast industry to live up to its potential and responsibilities. The speech is often remembered for these words: “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it’s nothing but wires and lights in a box….”
October 11, 2010
The rights group EG Justice said in a statement that a letter signed by 125 African scholars and human rights defenders has denounced the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, a prize named for the president of Equatorial Guinea. Mbasogo seized power more than 30 years ago and has been accused of human rights violations including unlawful killings, torture, and arbitrary arrests. He funded the prize.