Peace Almanac November



November 1. On this day in 1961 the Women Strike for Peace demonstration in the United States was the largest women’s peace action to date.

Australia abolishes peace-time compulsory military training. (1929)

November 2. On this day in 1982 a nuclear freeze referendum in eight U.S. states won the support of 25 percent of U.S. voters.

November 3. On this day in 1950 the UN Uniting for Peace Resolution was passed by the UN General Assembly at Flushing Meadows, NY.

November 4. On this day in 1946 UNESCO was established. Also on this day in 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected U.S. president after secretly and treasonously using George H.W. Bush and William Casey to persuade Iran not to release U.S. hostages while Jimmy Carter was still president.

November 5. On this day in 1855 Eugene V. Debs was born. Also on this day in 1968 Richard Nixon was elected U.S. president after secretly and treasonously sending Anna Chennault to sabotage Vietnam peace talks, campaigning on a nonexistent secret plan for peace, and actually planning to continue the war, as he did once elected. This is a good day to think about who our real leaders are.

November 6. This is the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.

November 7. On this day in 1949 Costa Rica’s Constitution prohibited a national army. Costa Rica, now using entirely renewable energy, is home to the Interamerican Human Rights Court and the UN University of Peace.

November 8. On this day in 1897 Dorothy Day was born.

November 9. On this day in 1989 the Berlin Wall began to be demolished, symbolizing the ending of the Cold War. This is a good day to remember how fast change can come and how available peace is.

November 10. On this day in 1936 the world’s first peace corps International Voluntary Service for Peace (IVSP) arrived in Bombay led by Pierre Cérésole.

November 11. This is Armistice Day. At 11:00 on this 11th day of the 11th month World War I ended in 1918 — a scheduled end to the war, with the killing and dying pointlessly continuing right up to that moment. This is a good day to ring bells and work for peace.

November 12. On this day in 1921 was “that inspired moment” at the Washington Naval Conference when Secretary of State Charles E. Hughes offered to scrap US battleships. Also on this 1984 the United Nations passed the Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace.

November 13. On this day in 1891 the International Peace Bureau was founded in Rome by Fredrik Bajer. Also on this day in 1956 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation of buses in Montgomery and throughout Alabama was unconstitutional. Also on this day in 1974 U.S. anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood was killed.

November 14. On this day in 1944 Marie-Marthe Dortel-Claudot proposed the idea of Pax Christi.

November 15. On this day in 1920 the first permanent parliament of the world, the League of Nations Assembly met in Geneva.


November 16.

Six Jesuit priests murdered by Salvadoran military (1989)

November 17. On this day in 1989 the Velvet Revolution, the peaceful liberation of Czechoslovakia, began with a student march.

November 18. On this day in 1935 the first international sanctions against war went into effect against the Italian invasion of Ethiopia.

November 19. On this day in 1915 Joe Hill was executed but never died. Also on this day in 1948 the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) was founded.

November 20. On this day in 1815 the Peace Treaty of Paris ended the Napoleonic Wars.

November 21. On this day in 1990 the Cold War ended with the Paris Charter of a New Europe between the U.S., USSR, Europe, and Canada.

November 22. On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy was murdered. This is a good day on which to study what happened and perform a related play.

November 23.

It was on November 23, 1936, that Carl von Ossietzky, the well-known German journalist and pacifist, received the Nobel Peace Prize retroactively for the year 1935.

November 24. On this day in 1961 the UN prohibited nuclear weapons.

November 25. This day is the International Day of Protest Against Violence to Women. Also on this day in 1910, Carnegie established the Endowment for International Peace.

November 26. On this day in 1830 Dr. Mary Walker was born.

November 27. On this day in 1945 CARE was founded to feed hungry survivors of World War II.

November 28. On this day in 1950 the Colombo Plan for Co-operative Economic Development in South and South-East Asia was established.

November 29. This is International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

November 30. On this day in 1999, a wide coalition of activists nonviolently shut down the WTO meetings in Seattle, Washington. This is a good day for coalition building.

The fourth Thursday in November is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, violating the separation of church and state in order to retell genocide as benevolence.


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