Sr. Pat Chaffee: U.S. drones in Pakistan
February 6, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113
Human rights advocate Sr. Pat Chaffee will share reflections on her recent trip to Pakistan with a delegation to investigate the human toll of U.S. drone use there.
Chaffee, a Dominican Sister from Racine, Wis., has been a human rights advocate since 1982. One aspect of this role is visiting countries in which the United States government may be responsible for, or complicit in, human rights violations. The purpose of these visits is three-fold:
- to assure the victims of human rights violations (inevitably poor, voiceless persons and families) that many U.S. citizens oppose their government's policies,
- to return to the United States and tell the stories of the persons affected by injustice, and
- to motivate U.S. citizens to read about the issue and take action to change unjust policies when possible
As Sr. Pat described her delegation to Pakistan, "We were invited by a Pakistani lawyer who works with survivors of drone attacks. It was an historic event. We talked with - heard stories from - survivors of drone attacks. People welcomed us warmly everywhere we went. They were surprised and pleased to know that hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens opposed the drone policy of the U.S. Now I try to spread the news of the effects of the attacks that U.S. citizens don't hear about."
Patricia Chaffee earned her Ph.D. in English from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. She has taught as associate professor at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is a published poet, and has published in literary journals and social justice magazines. This event is co-sponsored by Michigan Coalition for Human Rights and the Gesu Peace and Justice Committee.