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Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA)

Welcome to the Padre Guadalupe Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), a rare collection of Spanish and English books, human rights reports, independent newspapers and newsletters, and social justice papers.

Our archive houses more than 25 years of work by individuals and organizations working in solidarity to aid the people of Latin America. Learn about the life of our namesake, Padre Guadalupe, who disappeared in Honduras in 1983. Read about the history of the archive and visit our online catalog.

Upcoming CLASA events

Programs are free and open to the public, and are held at Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus (at Livernois). For more information, call CLASA Director Gail Presbey, 313-993-1124 or

Every year CLASA sponsors many speakers to the McNichols Campus to shed light on social justice issues. Please click on our past events to learn more. 

All Governments Lie: Film and discussion

October 27, 2017

7 to 9 p.m.

Room 113, Ford Life Sciences Building, McNichols Campus

The Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) welcomes producer Jeff Cohen, who lead a discussion following a screening of his film, "ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone."This event is free for Detroit Mercy students, and is open to the public. Co-sponsors Huntington Woods Peace, Citizenship and Education Project and Progressive Arts will request a $5 donation from non-students. See the event flyer for more information on Cohen. See the event flyer for more information.


    Past 2017 events

    Fruit of the Reed Pen: Introduction to Arabic/Islamic Calligraphy

    September 20, 2017

    5 to 6:30 p.m.

    Room 139, Commerce & Finance Building, McNichols Campus

    Professor of Engineering Nihad Dukhan’s exhibit of Arabic calligraphy will continue to be on display in the McNichols Campus Library through Friday, Oct. 27. Dukhan will host an additional talk, “Fruit of the Reed Pen: Introduction to Arabic/Islamic Calligraphy,” on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. in Room 139 of the Commerce & Finance Building. This event is co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and Muslim Student Association. Dr. Dukhan will explain how calligraphy is done, and the historical and cultural context of the practices of Arabic calligraphy, from its beginnings to contemporary times. See the event flyer for more information.

    Bandolero Duran and Comparsa Sur

    September 26, 2017

    6:30 to 8 p.m.

    Grounds Coffeehaus, Student Center, McNichols Campus

    Come hear Comparsa Sur perform songs from across Latin America, including Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. See the flyer for more information.

    Project Safety Net: Detoxifying Hate on the Internet and Social Media

    September 28, 2017

    7 to 9:15 p.m.

    Room 113, Ford Life Sciences Building, McNichols Campus

    The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights is advocating for Project: Safety Net. Its goals are to:

    • Reclaim the Online Debate Space
    • Combat Cyberbullying
    • Correct the Narrative
    • Empower Young People to Fight Hate in Familiar Platforms
    • Advocate and Assert Human Rights as Antidote to Hate

    Dr. Saeed Khan will present on Project Safety Net, with a responding panel consisted of: Adonis Flores from Michigan United, Asha Noor from CAIR and Barbara Jones from Center for Peace and Conflict Studies WSU.

    Khan is a Lecturer in Near East & Asian Studies and Global Studies, and Research Fellow at the Center for Study of Citizenship, both at Wayne State University. He also teaches for University of Detroit Mercy's Islamic Studies Program. This event is co-sponsored by the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) and Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR). 

    See flyer for more information.


    Contact CLASA

    CLASA welcomes your questions, comments, concerns, and tales to tell. If you'd like more information on CLASA, if you're an individual or organization who would like some mention on our site, or if you'd like to make a donation, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gail Presbey, CLASA Director, at 313.993.1124.

    If you've noticed that something on our site is amiss (broken links or images, for example), we ask that you email our webmaster right away.

    If you've enjoyed your visit to our site — and especially if you've found it helpful to research — please tell us about that as well.



    Links are to both Detroit-area solidarity organizations, as well as links to information on Latin America.

    Links To Detroit Area Groups

    CLASA is as focused on community organizations and grassroots activism as it is on student scholarship at Detroit Mercy. That said, we've dedicated this site area to organizations and individual activists local to Detroit. We hope you'll feel inspired enough to join them!

    Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice
    Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice is a coalition of unions, churches and community groups working together to defend and promote workers' rights and social justice. Detroit chapter meetings are at 6.30 pm every third Monday of each month. For meeting locations and additional information call:

    • Julie Barton at 313-821-2741
    • Barb Ingalls at 248-547-7729
    • Cheryl Peck at 313-259-1436

    Casa de Unidad
    Casa de Unidad is a Detroit community center with walls and galleries displaying work by local Latino artists; they're Southwest Detroit's artistic voice! Casa de Unidad is located at 1920 Scotten in Detroit. Call 313-843-9598 for more information.

    Xicano Development Center
    The Xicano Development Center is located at 800 W. Willow in Lansing, MI 48906. Please call 517-371-4140 for more information.

    Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ)
    The ICPJ has a monthly newsletter and task forces at work on a variety of peace and justice issues. These include the Religious Coalition on Latin America (RCLA) and working to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, among other projects. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7.30 p.m. in Memorial Lounge at the First Baptist Church, 512 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI. For additional information, please contact the ICPJ at 730 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or 734.663.1870.

    Latin America

    Many of the country links below lead to lists of links created by the Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) at the University of Texas. Rather than reinvent the wheel and copy LANIC lists here (especially since LANIC did the work), many links below go directly to extensive lists from LANIC on that particular country.

    Other country links lead to lists compiled by CLASA. CLASA lists about a specific country include a link to LANIC's list on the same country.

    We've collected every link we can think of, but please let us know if we've omitted a like minded site. If you know of a website or organization that belongs in our link collection, or if one of our links is broken, tell us so by email.

    Central America
    Costa Rica
    El Salvador

    South America
    French Guiana

    North America

    Antiqua and Barbuda
    Cayman Islands
    Dominican Republic
    Puerto Rico
    St. Kitts and Nevis
    St. Lucia
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Virgin Islands


    Past Events

    Winter 2016

    Watch this slideshow for highlights of our Winter 2016 events: Collaboration with Swords into Plowshares (Jan- March), Laila Hamdan and Joan Smith on volunteering in Guatemala (Feb. 29), Eric LeCompte on Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy, and he and Jorge Chinea on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis (March 30), Irma Ilsy Vásquez Cardenas and Alejandro Monzón on indigenous rights in Chiapas, Mexico (April 4), Jose Idiáquez S.J. on contemporary Nicaragua, and he and Richard Brackley on Dean Brackley (April 5), Marilyn Fischer on Jane Addams’ peace activism (April 20), and Ruth Needleman on Brazil (April 25).

    Fall 2015

    Watch this slideshow to see photos from 2015 CLASA events: Frida Berrigan on peace mothering (Feb. 4), Eben Levey on teachers in Oaxaca (March 16), Jeff Stewart on immigrant minors from Central America (March 20), Ismael Moreno Coto S.J. (“Padre Melo”) on human rights in Honduras and on Dean Brackley (April 7), Don Voelker’s art of Latin America (Sept-Oct), Joe Mulligan on Pope Francis’s visits and Romero’s beatification (Sept. 30), Jesse Freeston on his film “Resistencia” and Honduran land struggles (Sept. 30), Jorge Parra and Paige Shell-Spurling on the rights of injured workers in Colombia (Oct. 1), Dana Frank on Honduras (Oct 22), Berta Esperanza Alvarez Martens on race and gender in Cuba (Nov. 3 and 4), Jason LaFay and Alan Kaufman on Cuban youth and chess players (Nov. 4).

    2014 Events

    Watch this slide show to see highlights from our 2014 CLASA events: Denise Griebler on the immigrant crisis and the film “Harvest of Empire” (Feb. 6), Matt Meyer on liberation in Africa (March 13), Danielle Poe on ending slavery in Brazil (March 27),  Gene Palumbo on Dean Brackley (April 8), Bishop Thomas Gumbleton on the film “Monsenor” on Archbishop Oscar Romero (April 10), Joe Mulligan S.J. on the Jesuit martyrs (Sept. 22), Laura Finley on preventing domestic violence (Oct. 2), Abdilatif Abdalla on Kenyan politics and culture (Oct. 28), Joe Tropea and Jerry Berrigan on the film “Hit and Stay” about the Catonsville 9 and the peace movement (Oct. 29), Anke Graness on ancient Egyptian philosophy (Nov. 25) and John Barrie on green technology for indigenous communities in Central America (Dec. 5).
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