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    This Week in Peace and Justice  History
  • 16-Dec Boston Tea Party. (1773)
  • 17-Dec Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a radical Roman Catholic priest who was an opponent of the dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier, is elected president in the first free election in Haiti's history. (1990)
  • 18-Dec Slavery abolished by 13th amendment. (1865)
  • 18-Dec Of the 8,000 Jews in Athens, Greece, 6,800 remained hidden rather than register as directed. (1943)
  • 18-Dec Julia Butterfly Hill descends from her tiny platform 180 feet up in Luna, a giant Redwood tree, after perching in it for 738 days protecting it from loggers. (1999)
  • 19-Dec Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-educated historiographer known as the father of Black history, was born in Virginia. (1875)
  • 19-Dec Czechoslovakia elects playwright and dissident, Vaclav Havel, president. (1989)
  • 20-Dec First US jury trial in Delaware: Marcus Jacobson condemned for insurrection & sentenced to flogging, branding & slavery. (1669)
  • 20-Dec Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's department store, London, after finding poodle fur collars on some coats. (1988)
  • 20-Dec Kansas reservist Dr. Yolanda Huet-Vaughn refuses orders for the Gulf War. She is later sentenced to prison, & the Kansas medical board strips Huet-Vaughn of her license to practice, because of her conscientious objection. (1990)
  • 20-Dec Hundreds of thousands link hands in Chechnya in human chain to protest Russian invasion. (1994)
  • 21-Dec Montgomery, AL buses integrated (1956)
  • 21-Dec Britain banned the death penalty. (1961)
  • 21-Dec 700 supporters visit jailed war resisters, Allenwood Federal Penitentiary, PA. (1969)
  • 21-Dec Pan Am "Flight 103" explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270. (1988)
  • 21-Dec Pan Am "Flight 103" explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270. (1988)
  • 22-Dec Four month strike by 23 conscientious objectors (COs) ends dining hall segregation at Danbury Federal Penitentiary, Connecticut. (1943)
  • 22-Dec Henry House becomes first U.S. soldier to be court martialed for protesting against Vietnam War.(1965)
  • 22-Dec Radio Free Alcatraz broadcast for first time from Berkeley radio station KPFA. (1967)
  • 22-Dec Congress passes the Boland amendment (411-0) which prohibited covert efforts by the President to overthrow the Nicaraguan government. (1982)
  • 22-Dec "Operation Toys for Guns" begins in New York City. (1993)
  • 22-Dec Paramilitaries associated with the ruling PRI party in Mexico massacre 45 peasants in the village of Acteal, Chiapas. Government will use this event to occupy & suppress the population with over 70,000 troops & expel humanitarian observers stationed in the area. (1997)
  • 23-Dec University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne University, because they may use a black player in the basketball game. (1946)
  • 23-Dec President Truman pardons 1,523 of the 15,805 World War II draft resistors. (1947)
  • 23-Dec In Yugoslavia, there are prayers for peace in all churches, but a planned interfaith peace rally is banned by Yugoslavian authorities. (1991)
    New and Interesting
    Class of Nonviolence
    Colman McCarthy's nonviolence class now online!

    Peace is Patriotic radio show
    A 27:26 preproduced radio program
    you can use in your community!

    Youth and Militarism
    From the San Antonio peace coalition
    Peace & Justice Resource Center
    A catalogue of our holdings
    Peace Tools for Teachers
    Includes lesson plans!

    Every Second Saturday, 7-10 pm

    Socially Responsible Investing
    Guide by Nathan Brown, peaceCENTER Intern
    Walking the Sacred Path
    Dictionary of Peace Symbols
    The Great Peace March
    a timeline of peace and justice events
    Blessed are the Peacemakers
    do you know me?
    Popcorn Peacemaking
    leaders guide to peace and justice videos

  • The 2006 Season for Nonviolence CD is now available! Visit for the order form. Music by David Roth, Jim Scott, Greg Tamblyn, Lance Cowan, Richard Mekdeci, Freebo, Covita Moroney, James Durst, Rudi Harst, Todd Hoke, Janet O'Connor, 29 Toes (Becca Christel, Tracy Spring, Janis Carper), Susan Kroupa with Jana Stanfield and David Roth, Mad Agnes and Fred Small.

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  • January 8: Film: This Divided State. Second Sunday @ 6 Cinema, at the peaceCENTER, 1443 S. St. Mary's. filmmaker Michael Moore was invited to speak at Utah Valley State College, it created a firestorm not usually seen in the heart of conservative Mormon country. A media frenzy followed, as did FoxNews’ Sean Hannity who agreed to speak at UVSC prior to Moore’s engagement. Protests, anger and a bribery attempt by a local businessman to stop Moore’s appearance punctuate this documentary that cuts to the heart of the "red versus blue" rift in the nation.

  • January 28: : Love and Death Film Festival US Film Premiere of TWO films about the death penalty. Meet filmmakers Mario Marazziti (Thou Shalt Not Kill) and Micki Dickoff (Step by Step: a Journey of Hope) 6:30-10:30 pm at the peaceCENTER. Free and open to the public.

  • January 29: Second Annual Blessing of the Peacemakers. 5:30 pm interfaith blessing followed by a peacemaker's potluck. At the peaceCENTER, 1443 S. St. Mary's. Free, but bring a dish to share. For more information, 210-224-HOPE.


  • Every Thursday: 4-5 pm, on the corner of Main and Commerce (across from Main Plaza near San Fernando Cathedral.) activists come together for a peace vigil.

  • Every Thursday and Sunday, starting at 4:30 pm: Cook, serve and eat with Food Not Bombs. Help cook healthy vegetarian meals and serve them to whomever is hungry at Milam Park. Meet at the peaceCENTER/Mennonite Church kitchen. 1443 S. St. Mary's.

  • The third Sunday of each month the Tri-faith Dialogue meets from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at various locations. For further information contact Barbie Gorelick @ 210-491-0805/home or 210-383-9835/cell.

    Call (210) 224-HOPE to be added to the list of people called when prayer vigils are held at sites of violence


  • Archive of Aretha Williams' Express-News columns

  • Archive of Susan Ives' Express-News columns

  • Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace by by Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan, The Lutheran Bishop of Jerusalem, February 11, 2004

  • Our Next Steps Should be Towards Faith and Compassion by Ann Helmke, peaceCENTER from the March 5, 2003 Express-News.

  • Love and Dissent by Susan Ives, Speech, April 5, 2003

  • Express-News Profile of Ann Helmke, 4 Sep. 99

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    Last Updated: Saturday, December 14, 2005