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A Calendar of Concern For Peace & Justice


January

    1 -- World Day of Prayer for Peace, especially in the Catholic tradition
    22 – Anniversary of the US Supreme Court “Roe v. Wade” decision
    Third Monday -- holiday for the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr
    30 -- anniversary of the assassination of Mahatama Gandhi in 1948; and the beginning of the “Season of
Nonviolence”

February

    National Black History Month
    16-22 -- Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week, sponsored by the National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ,
71 Fifth Avenue, New York,  NY 1003)
    19 -- anniversary of the school killings in Bethel, AK in 1997
    21 -- anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965
    29 -- anniversary of the school killings in Mount Morris Township, MI in 2000
    Lent begins - an ideal time for a 6-week program

March

     5 -- anniversary of the school killings in Santa Ana, CA in 2001
     8 -- UN International Women’s Day
    10 -- anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman in 1913
    18 -- Beginning of the war on Iraq in 2003
    24 -- anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador and apostle of nonviolence, in 1981; also the anniversary of the school killings in Jonesboro, AR, in 1998

April

     Child Abuse Prevention Month & Sexual Assault Awareness Month
     4 -- anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, in 1968
     4-11 -- “Week of Nonviolence” sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (8800 Cameron
Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-588-4955)
     16 -- anniversary of the assassination of 12 year-old Iqbal Masih, the victim of child labor in the carpet industry
of Pakistan who organized widely against this exploitation of children
     19 -- anniversary of the bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995
     20 -- anniversary of the school killings in Littleton, CO, in 1999
     22 -- Earth Day
     23 -- anniversary of the death of Cesar Chavez in 1993
     24 -- anniversary of the school killings in Edinboro, PA, in 1998
     30 -- Shoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)
     Last week -- “TV-Turnoff Week”, sponsored by TV-Free America (call 202-887-0436)

May

   5 -- “Cinco de Mayo” (Mexican Independence Day)
   Second week -- “Family Week,” sponsored by the National Council of Churches (475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY
10115)
   Saturday before Mother’s Day, a “Day without Violence”, sponsored by the Optimist Clubs of North America (4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63119)
   Second Sunday -- Mother’s Day (originally the day for mothers to protest war)
   15 -- International Conscientious Objector’s Day
   19 -- anniversary of the school killings in Fayetteville, TN in 1998
   20 -- anniversary of the school killings in Conyers, GA in 1999
   21 -- anniversary of the school killings in Springfield, OR in 1998
   24 -- Women’s International Disarmament Day
   26 -- anniversary of the killing of a teacher by a student in Lake Worth, FL in 2000
   Last Monday -- Memorial Day in the US

June

   First Saturday of June -- “Stand for Children” events in Washington, DC, and across the US, sponsored by the
Children’s Defense Fund
   First Monday of June -- Samantha Smith Day (commemorating the life of this young ambassador of
reconciliation between the US and the Soviet Union during the 1980s; she died in a plane crash at age 13 in 1985)
     4 -- UN International Day of Innocent Children, Victims of Aggression
     5 -- anniversary of the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968
     5 -- UN World Environment Day
    19 -- “Juneteenth”, celebrating “Emancipation Day” for US African Americans
  
July

     1 -- “Canada Day” (independence in Canada)
     4 -- Independence Day in the US
    13 -- National HOPE Remembrance Day (a day of mourning for all victims, whether of individual or state-sanctioned killing’ contact Project HOPE to Abolish the Death Penalty, 11076 CR 267, Lanett, AL 36863; 
     334-499-2380

August

     6 and 9 -- anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; use the origami peace cranes as a symbol of nonviolence.

September

    11 -- anniversary of the death of victims of terrorism in New York, Pennsylvania, and
Washington, D. C., 2001
    11 -- anniversary of the signing the Peace Accords between Egypt and Israel in Camp David, MD
    Week including the 16th -- National Hispanic Week (US Catholic Conference,
    Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs, 3211 4th St. NE, Washington, DC  20017)
     21 -- UN International Day of Peace, devoted to strengthening the ideas of peace both within and among all nations and peoples (see AC 167 for details)

October

     Respect Life Month
     Domestic Violence Awareness Month
     1 -- anniversary of the school killings in Pearl, MS in 1997
     2 -- anniversary of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi in 1869
     4 -- anniversary of death of St. Francis of Assisi in 1226
     6 -- anniversary of the assassination of Anwar Sadat (Egypt) in 1981
     7 -- anniversary of the US bombing of Afghanistan in 2001
     Second week -- “Week Without Violence”, sponsored by the YWCA
     Third weekend -- Children’s Sabbath, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund,
    16 -- UN World Food Day
    16-22 -- National “Peace With Justice Week”
    24 -- United Nations Day
    25 -- anniversary of the death of Sadako Sasaki in 1955, the Japanese girl killed by the radiation from the
atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and the girl who made the origami peace cranes famous

November

     3 -- feast of St. Martin de Porres, patron of social justice because of his care for the sick and the slaves of Lima, Peru
     4 -- anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin (Israel) in 1995
     8 and 29 -- The anniversaries of the birth and death of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker houses of hospitality and life-long peace activist   
     11 -- Remembrance Day in Canada and Veteran’s Day in the US; also the feast of St. Martin of Tours, a Roman
soldier who became a Christian pacifist serving the poor
    15 -- International Day of the Indian (World Council of Indigeneous Peoples)
    19 -- anniversary of the school killings in Deming, NM in 1999
    20 -- UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1954
    29 -- UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

December

      Advent -- An ideal time for a four-week program
      1 -- anniversary of the school killings in Paducah, KY in 1997
      2 -- anniversary of the assassinations of the four US women missionaries in El Salvador in 1980 (Ita Ford,Maura Clark, Jean Donovan, Dorothay Kazel)
      6 -- anniversary of the school killings in Ft. Gibson, OK in 1999
      7 – anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941
     10 -- International Human Rights Day
         -- Hanukkah
     12 -- Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, especially important for Mexican Americans an affirmation of the dignity of indigenous peoples
     17-24 -- Las Posadas, the Hispanic celebration of Mary and Joseph’s search for hospitality
     25 – Christmas, the birth of “The Prince of Peace”
     25-31 -- African American celebration of Kwanza