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Tapestry - Fall 2005

Fall CLASA events focus on peace and justice

During the fall semester, the University’s Carney Latin American Archive (CLASA) presented a series of public events on campus that highlighted peace and justice issues in Latin America.

On Nov. 14, CLASA hosted Fr. John Dear, a Jesuit priest, pastor, peace activist, and the former director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Fr. Dear discussed the world of violence and war, including his work with the Jesuits who were martyred in El Salvador, the alternative of nonviolence and peace, and the radical nonviolence of Jesus as normative for Christians. He also shared stories from his own journey, and called participants to take a stand for peace and justice in a time of war and injustice.

Other CLASA events held in the fall semester included: Joe Mulligan, S.J., who described his hunger fast and subsequent statement in solidarity with the Guantanamo Bay detainees in Cuba; Eric LeCompte of the SOA Watch, who reported on the human rights situation in Latin America; Joel Wendland, who talked about the World Festival of Youth in Venezuela; and Jenny Neme, a Mennonite Minister and member of Justapaz, who discussed prospects for peace in Colombia.

Sponsored by the Jesuit Community at UDM, the Carney Latin American Archive is named after James “Guadalupe” Carney, S.J., a former student at UDM and a missionary to Honduras. The archive, a rare collection of Spanish and English books, human rights reports, independent newspapers and newsletters, and social justice papers, is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Education. It consists of more than 25 years of work by individuals and organizations working in solidarity to aid the people of Latin America, as well as important information on the life and death of James Carney.

For more information on CLASA, visit http://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/clasa/ or contact Gail Presbey at 313-993-1124 and presbegm@udmercy.edu.