Detroit Mercy president and AJCU leaders speak out on Capitol Hill violence

January 07, 2021

Like many of you, I watched yesterday’s troubling events in Washington with deep concern, first, for our democracy, but also for the safety and health of all those who were being attacked because of the unwillingness of some to accept the results of the November presidential election. As a Jesuit and Mercy university, we teach and promote truth, justice, non-violence, respect and the ability to engage in dialogue with those whose opinions may be different from our own. Violence never solves discord, and yesterday’s destructive actions were both deplorable and unlawful. We pray for those who were injured and lost their lives. Now more than ever, let us do all we can — individually and collectively — to unify our divided country and communities. I encourage you to read the collective statement from me and presidents of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, which is included below.

Stay safe and healthy so we can see each other in person very soon!

Antoine M. Garibaldi