Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice is marking its 30th anniversary throughout 2017. But for individuals who have long been associated with the nonprofit, such as director Graciela Sanchez, Esperanza is not standing idly by, celebrating with a few special events. Sanchez. other staff members, volunteers and supporters of the Esperanza have plenty to do, addressing a variety of local and global issues, like they always have.
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Written by Edmond Ortiz on Jan 26 2017 - 3:30pm
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Jan 21 2017 - 9:14pm
On Jan. 21, 2017, millions of people marched in 600 cities to protest Donald Trump, hatred and inequality and to promote hope and human rights. Using social media posts, this Storify tells the story of that day in your own words. It is San Antonio-centric, but includes posts from Paris, Antarctica and across the United States. The cover image is We are the Storm, by artist Janet Ghio. (You can purchase a poster here.)
Written by Edmond Ortiz on Jan 13 2017 - 4:11pm
How do people in an evolving urban neighborhood such as Dignowity Park help homeless individuals and grapple with the root causes? That was the question posed to DreamWeek San Antonio panelists Jan. 11 at San Antonio Central Library. Participants said there are plenty of ways for a neighborhood to use its assets, collaborate and address homelessness.
Written by Edmond Ortiz on Dec 19 2016 - 2:31pm
It's a weekday afternoon before Christmas at On Main Off Main. Shop co-owners Bill Davis and Oscar Camacho wear festive green holiday sweaters as jazzy Christmas music plays in the background. A small group of college students giggle while browsing the shelves, which are filled with gag gifts and other novelties that have made On Main Off Main a popular enterprise in Monte Vista.
Written by Texas Tribune on Dec 7 2016 - 5:08pm
by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune Dec. 6, 2016 Editor's note: This story was updated with a comment from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's office. With the legislative session just weeks ahead, the Texas business community is digging in its heels in opposition to Texas Republicans’ anti-LGBT proposals, warning they could have dire consequences on the state’s economy.
Written by B Kay Richter on Nov 1 2016 - 8:37pm
A Celebration of Life ceremony was held for transgender pioneer Linda Phillips on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at the Metropolitan Community Church, 611 East Myrtle. The video from the services can be viewed below: This is her obituary, written by her wife, Cynthia and her family: J.E. Linda Phillips, born as Jim Phillips on Oct. 8, 1935 in Highland Park Illinois, transitioned from this life Sept. 19, 2016.
Written by Jeremy Cash on Aug 21 2016 - 10:00pm
The mood in the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center was celebratory and somber during a community meeting called to discuss transgender expression and the rights of transgender children in Texas public schools. (Scroll down to see photos from the event.)
Written by Amanda Evrard on Mar 5 2015 - 2:53pm
This facilitated discussion will assist board members and volunteers move forward in the Center's 3-5 year strategic plan to determine how the Center can make the greatest impact in our community. Thanks to the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation for underwriting this webcast, which you can replay here:
Written by Texas Tribune on Feb 19 2015 - 4:44pm
by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune Feb. 19, 2015 Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. Despite Texas’ longstanding ban on same-sex marriages, two Austin women made history on Thursday morning when they became the first gay couple to legally wed in the state.
Written by Guest (not verified) on Jan 12 2015 - 1:05pm
by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune Jan. 9, 2015