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CLASA past events winter 2018

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The Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) at University of Detroit Mercy hosts programs at the McNichols Campus in Detroit, Michigan. Here is a summary of the events from winter 2018. Learn more at udmercy.edu/clasa.

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CLASA past events winter 2018

  1. 1. CLASA PAST EVENTS WINTER 2018 • JOSEPH DEWINDT ART EXHIBIT • OSCAR CASTANEDA ON RACE AND IMMIGRATION • SANCTUARY WITH CARMEN AND CESAR • IBRAM X. KENDI (CO-SPONSOR) • PATRICK BROSNAN FROM BRIGHTON PARK, CHICAGO • FRAN SHOR ON ANNIVERSARY OF THE MY LAI MASSACRE • DAWN MCCARTY – CASA JUAN DIEGO • FRANCISCO MENA UGARTE WITH JACK PODSIADLO S.J. AND DANZA GUADALUPANA • STUDENT EXHIBIT ON CENTRAL AMERICA • MARY ANNE PERRONE – UPDATE ON HONDURAS • RUTH NEEDLEMAN ON CHILE IN THE 1970S
  2. 2. JOSEPH DEWINDT ART EXHIBIT JANUARY 2018
  3. 3. THIS EXHIBIT AND AUCTION RAISED OVER$1,750 FOR THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT, DUE TO THE GENEROSITY OF ANNE DEWINDT, WIFE OF DECEASED DETROIT MERCY PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, EDWIN DEWINDT
  4. 4. DEWINDT MEMORABILIA WAS ALSO ONDISPLAY. PROF. DEWINDT HAD BEEN ALONGTIME PARTICIPANT IN THE “ASK THE PROFESSOR” RADIO SHOW
  5. 5. HISTORY PROF’S DRS. ROY FINKENBINE, GREG SUMNER AND SARAH STEVER POINT TO THE BIDDING SHEETS AT THE CLOSING OF THE AUCTION THE ARTIST WITH HIS WIFE AND SON AND OTHER RELATIVES
  6. 6. CLASA APPRECIATES OUR CO-SPONSORS,THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT, PHI ALPHA THETA (HISTORY HONORS SOCIETY) AND MCNICHOLS LIBRARY
  7. 7. DR. ROBINSON- DUNN, ONE OF THE AUCTION WINNERS, DISPLAYS A DEWINDT PAINTING IN HER OFFICE
  8. 8. OSCAR CASTANEDA, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, ACTION OF GREATER LANSING ON JAN. 30 DR. CASTANEDA SHARED HIS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH IMMIGRATION, HIS ANALYSIS OF THE CAUSES OF ANTI-IMMIGRANT SENTIMENT, AND THE STORY OF HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE CAMPAIGN TO HAVE LANSING BE DECLARED A SANCTUARY CITY. DR. CASTANEDA IS ORIGINALLY FROM GUATEMALA AND CAME TO THE U.S. ABOUT TWENTY YEARS AGO. HE HAS A DOCTORATE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND IS A FORMER FULBRIGHT VISITING SCHOLAR.
  9. 9. ON FEB. 7 WE HOSTED “SANCTUARY THEN AND NOW” -- WITH THE GESU CATHOLIC CHURCH SANCTUARY TEAMAND A SALVADORAN FAMILY.
  10. 10. BILL O’BRIEN FROM GESU SANCTUARY COMMITTEE
  11. 11. CARMEN PRESENTS ABOUT THEIR LIFE IN EL SALVADOR
  12. 12. CESAR REVIEWS THE HARDSHIPS THEY FACED BACK IN EL SALVADOR TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY SEEK ASYLUM
  13. 13. JIM SWEENEY OF GESU EXPLAINS THAT TOGETHER PEOPLE CAN SUPPORT MIGRANTS IN NEED
  14. 14. CLASA CO-SPONSORED THE TALK OF IBRAM X. KENDI ON FEBRUARY 26, 2018 • DR. IBRAM X. KENDI, AUTHOR OF THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD-WINNING STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: A DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RACIST IDEAS IN AMERICA SPOKE AT DETROIT MERCY. HIS RELENTLESS AND PASSIONATERESEARCH PUTS INTO QUESTION THE NOTION OF A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY AND OPENS READERS' AND AUDIENCES' EYES TO THE REALITY OF RACISM IN AMERICATODAY.
  15. 15. PATRICK BROSNAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BRIGHTON PARK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (SEE WWW.BPNCCHICAGO.ORG) BROSNAN SPOKE TWICE ON MARCH 12 ABOUT THE WORK HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED AT HIS COMMUNITY CENTER, WHICH HELPS A LARGELY IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY IN CHICAGO’S SOUTHWEST SIDE
  16. 16. BROSNAN, CONT. • THEY HAVE MANY PROGRAMS INCLUDING A DEPORTATION SAFETY PROGRAM. HIS ORGANIZATION HAS WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED ONLINE A REPORT CALLED “BUILDING SANCTUARY IN COMMUNITY: HOW COMMUNITY SCHOOLS LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR SANCTUARY SCHOOLS AND PROTECT IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES.” THEY ALSO HELP UNDOCUMENTED ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FIND COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS THROUGH THE ILLINOIS DREAM ACT THAT PASSED IN 2011. HIS CENTER ALSO HELPS LOW INCOME FAMILIES WITH THEIR TAX RETURNS.
  17. 17. MARCH 16: DR. FRAN SHOR, EMERITUS PROFESSOR, WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY SPOKE ON “MEMORY AND MEANING IN THE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE AMERICAN WAR IN VIETNAM.” THE TALK WAS IN MEMORY OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MY LAI MASSACRE AND ALSO THE 53RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE SELF-IMMOLATION OF THE ANTIWAR DETROIT-BASED ACTIVIST ALICE HERZ. CO-SPONSORED BY PEACE ACTION OF MICHIGAN, WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM OF MICHIGAN AND PHI ALPHATHETA HISTORY HONOR SOCIETY
  18. 18. ON MARCH 27, DR. DAWN MCCARTY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK AT UNIVERSITYOF HOUSTON DOWNTOWN, SPOKE ON “THE IMMIGRANT SITUATION ON BOTH SIDES OF THE TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER.”
  19. 19. DR. MCCARTY, CONT. • DR. MCCARTY LIVES IN THE CATHOLIC WORKER COMMUNITY IN HOUSTON, CALLED CASA JUAN DIEGO, ANDTHERE SHE WORKS DIRECTLY WITH NEW REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS. ASSHE EXPLAINS, “SINCE 2006, I HAVE LIVED AND CONDUCTED RESEARCH ON BOTH SIDES OF THE US-MEXICO BORDER, STUDYING THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES. CURRENTLY, MY WORK AND RESEARCH ARE FOCUSED ON THE CONDITIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF NEW IMMIGRANTS NOW LIVING IN HOUSTON, AND ON THE POWER OF COOPERATIVE AND COLLABORATIVE WORK TO IMPROVE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN RURAL MEXICO.”
  20. 20. READ ABOUT HER IN THE HOUSTONCHRONICLE. ALSO SEE HER HOUSTON CATHOLIC WORKER ARTICLES. WATCH HER TALK ONLINE.
  21. 21. DAWN MCCARTY WITH DR. PEGGY STACK, FR. TOM LUMPKIN, AND JOEL MEDINA, S.J.
  22. 22. UCA JESUIT MARTRYRS’ SCHOLARSHIPANNUAL FUNDRAISER DINNER APRIL 5 – OPENS WITH A PERFORMANCE BY DANZA GUADALUPANA
  23. 23. DANZA GUADALUPANA SEE THEM PERFORM: ONLINE VIDEO (OF OUR ENTIRE EVENT, INCLUDING SPEAKERS)
  24. 24. DANZA GUADALUPANA PERFORMERS COME FROM A CHURCHIN SOUTHWEST DETROIT FORMERLY KNOWN AS ST. STEPHEN, NOW OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE PARISH SHRINE. THE GROUP IS FORMED BY MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH WHO ENJOY WORSHIPPING AND SPREADING CULTURAL AWARENESS OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE WHO IS A BIG SYMBOL FOR THEMEXICAN PEOPLE.
  25. 25. RICHARD BRACKLEY, BROTHER OF DEAN BRACKLEY, S.J. (WHO BEGAN THIS SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS TO ATTEND THE JESUIT UNIVERSITY IN EL SALVADOR) SHARED MEMORIES OF HIS BROTHER DEAN. RICHARD WAS INTRODUCED BY FR. RICK CASSIDY (BELOW,RIGHT).
  26. 26. A FEW PHOTOS OF DEAN FROM RICHARD BRACKLEYAUG. 1, 1974 DEAN HAD JUST RETURNED FROM PERU. MAY 1, 1983 DEAN AT THE RECTORY
  27. 27. BACKGROUND ON DEAN BRACKLEY AND THE SCHOLARSHIP • DEAN BRACKLEY, S.J., B. AUG. 9, 1946, D. OCT. 16, 2011, WAS A JESUIT AND THEOLOGIAN COMMITTED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE. HE VOLUNTEERED TO HELP TAKE THE PLACES OF THE SLAIN JESUITS OF UCA IN 1990, LEAVING A TEACHING POSITION AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY. HE HAD EARLIER COMPLETED HIS DOCTORATE IN THEOLOGY AT UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO IN 1980, AND SPENT TENYEARS WORKING WITH A CHURCH-SPONSORED COMMUNITY GROUP CALLED SOUTH BRONX PEOPLE FOR CHANGE, BEFORE TEACHING AT FORDHAM. AUTHOR OF THE CALL TO DISCERNMENT IN TROUBLED TIMES: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE TRANSFORMATIVE WISDOM OF IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA (2004), FR. BRACKLEY TAUGHT THIS BOOK AND OTHERS AT THE UCA AND, ON WEEKENDS, MINISTERED IN HIS FIRST YEARS TO A RURAL PARISH, LATER TO AN INNER CITY PARISH, AND FINALLY TO THE UCA COMMUNITY, SERVING AS PASTOR OF THE UCA PARISH. HE WAS THE MAIN SUPPORTER OF THIS SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO HELP SALVADORAN STUDENTS.
  28. 28. WE PLAYED A VIDEO OF FR. TOM FLOREK INTERVIEWING A MOTHER OF ONE OF THE STUDENTS SUPPORTED BY THE SCHOLARSHIPAT THE UCA
  29. 29. FR. JACK PODSIADLO, S.J., GAVE A TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF DEAN BRACKLEY’S MINISTRY TO THE IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY INTHE BRONX, AND HE SHARED PERSONAL MEMORIES OF DEAN OVER MANY YEARS
  30. 30. OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER: FRANCISCO MENA UGARTE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIANS FOR PEACE IN EL SALVADOR (CRISPAZ), A FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO BUILDING BRIDGES OF SOLIDARITY. • OUR UNIVERSITY AS WELL AS U OF D JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL HAVE SENT DELEGATIONS OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE GREATLY BENEFITTED FROM FRANCISCO’S GUIDED EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES. WATCH OUR EVENT VIDEO AND READ ABOUT HIM AT: HTTP://WWW.EMBRACINGELSALVADOR.ORG/FRAN CISCO-MENA-UGARTE/ • HTTP://JESUITS.ORG/STORY- DETAILS?TN=PROJECT- 20141110094206&MTN=13241EB3-9CD4-48F4-B19A- 13E1D9D6DF9D
  31. 31. FRANCISCO, CONT. • FRANCISCO SPOKE ABOUT THE RECENT HISTORY OF EL SALVADOR AND HOW THE EARLIER CIVIL WAR OF THE 1970S AND 80S AFFECTED HIS FAMILY (HIS FATHER WAS IN THE ARMY AT THE TIME) AND HIS OWN CHILDHOOD (AS HE, HIS MOTHER AND SIBLINGS HAD TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY FOR SAFETY). HE ALSO EXPLAINED HOW THE US ARMY SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS WORKED WITH THE SALVADORAN MILITARY. HE SHARED HIS MEMORIES OF THE UCA JESUIT MARTYRS AND THEIR IMPORTANT WORK FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DANGEROUS CIVIL WAR. HE EXPLAINED WHY HE CHOSE TO COME BACK TO EL SALVADOR AND THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE THERE.
  32. 32. WE HAD OVER 100 ATTENDEES AND RAISEDOVER $5,000 FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP. THANK YOU TO OUR CO-SPONSORS: UNIVERSITY MINISTRY, HASA, GESU P&J, AND THE JESUIT COMMUNITY AT DETROIT MERCY
  33. 33. APRIL 9: MARY ANNE PERRONE (SOA WATCH) SPOKE ON “REPORT FROM AN INTERFAITH DELEGATION TO HONDURAS: THE HONDURAN ELECTIONS AND A CRISIS OFLEGITIMACY.” • AN INTERFAITH GROUP, INCLUDING MEMBERS FROM THE SISTERS OF MERCY OF THE AMERICAS JUSTICE TEAM, SHARE FOUNDATION AND FRIENDSHIP OFFICE/HONDURAS ACCOMPANIMENT PROJECT HAS PUT TOGETHER A TEAM OF WITNESSES WHO WILL GO TO HONDURAS, RESPONDING TO THE CALL OF PADRE MELO (ISMAEL MORENO, S.J., OUR PREVIOUS CLASA SPEAKER WHO WAS VERY CLOSE TO FR. CARNEY, AND WHO DIRECTS A JESUIT-RUN RADIO STATION IN PROGRESO, HONDURAS). THERE HAVE BEEN THREATS TO PADRE MELO’S LIFE, AND THE RADIO STATION HAS BEEN VANDALIZED. MARY ANNE WILL REPORT ON THE FINDINGS OF THE DELEGATION’S VISIT, INCLUDING SHARING TESTIMONIES OF WITNESSES AND OTHER FINDINGS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SAFETY OF PADRE MELO PLEASE SEE HTTPS://IGNATIANSOLIDARITY.NET/BLOG/2018/01/03/JESUITS- DEFEND-HUMAN-RIGHTS-LEADERS-HONDURAS/
  34. 34. ON APRIL 18,AN INTERNATIONAL PANEL ADDRESSED THE TOPIC, “LESSONS NOT LEARNED FROM CHERNOBYL AND FUKUSHIMA”
  35. 35. THE EVENT WAS ORGANIZED BY THE ALLIANCETO HALT FERMI-3, MODERATED BY KEITH GUNTER, AND CO-SPONSORED BY PEACE ACTION, DC-AREA BEYOND NUCLEAR AND CLASA.
  36. 36. PAUL GUNTER, DIRECTOR OF REACTOR OVERSIGHT AT BEYOND NUCLEAR IN TAKOMA PARK, MD, AND CAROL IZANT FROMALLIANCE TO HALT FERMI 3
  37. 37. OTHER SPEAKERS INCLUDED SHAWN-PATRICK STENSIL, SENIOR ENERGY ANALYST FOR GREENPEACE CANADA AND MICHAEL KEEGAN, CHAIR OF COALITION FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE GREAT LAKES AND MONROE COUNTY EMERGENCY PLANNING ZONE RESIDENT
  38. 38. BUSHRA KAZMI, MD, OF THE INFECTION PREVENTION PROGRAM AT GARDEN CITY HOSPITAL EXPLAINED THE DANGERS OF RADIATION TO THE THYROID AND THE NEED FOR KI DISTRIBUTION TO SAFEGUARD HEALTH, WHILE STENSIL EXPLAINED HOW CANADIANS WERE RESPONDING
  39. 39. PANELISTS THEN LISTENED TO AUDIENCE QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ANDRESPONDED (SEE THE VIDEO OF THIS EVENT ONLINE WITH YOURDETROIT MERCY MICROSOFT/EMAIL ID).
  40. 40. THIS AUDIENCE MEMBER WHO SAID HE WAS 85 YEARS OLD SAID HE HOPED THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS WOULD BECOME INVOLVED IN MASS NUMBERS IF THERE WAS ANY CHANCETO SAVE OUR PLANET FROM A NUCLEARDISASTER.
  41. 41. IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION, WHAT CAN WE DO?, PANELISTS SHOWED THIS SLIDE. YOU MAY WANT TO CONTACT HTTPS://WWW.PEACEACTIONMICH.ORG/ OR HTTP://WWW.ATHF3.ORG/
  42. 42. APRIL 23, PROF. RUTH NEEDLEMAN SPOKE ON: “AFL-CIA: U.S. LABOR INTERVENTION IN CHILE AND THROUGHOUT LATIN AMERICA, THEN ANDNOW” • PROF. RUTH NEEDLEMAN, LABOR STUDIES PROFESSOR EMERITA FROM INDIANA UNIVERSITY, CURRENTLY TEACHING “GLOBAL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS” AT THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE, CHICAGO, HAS FOCUSED HER RESEARCH AND ACTIVISM ON DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ STRUGGLES. WORKING AT QUIMANTU, THE NATIONAL PUBLISHING COMPANY UNDER PRESIDENT SALVADORALLENDE, RUTH CONTRIBUTED TO A STUDY OF THE RIGHT-WING EMPLOYER GROUPS BEHIND THE COUP ATTEMPTS IN 1972-73. SHE TESTIFIED AT THE SENATE HEARINGS IN 1974 ON CIA INVOLVEMENT IN THE COUP, EXAMINING THE ROLE OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR FREE LABOR DEVELOPMENT (AIFLD), AN ARM OF THE AFL-CIO. SHE SHARED HER AS YET UNPUBLISHED RESEARCH ON THE AFL-CIO’S INTERNATIONAL ROLE IN SUBVERTING DEMOCRATICALLY-ELECTED GOVERNMENTS IN LATIN AMERICA.
  43. 43. STUDENTS FROM HIS 2800 HISTORY OF MODERN LATIN AMERICA INSTALL A DISPLAY IN THE MCNICHOLS LIBRARY LOBBY ON CENTRAL AMERICA USING MATERIALS FROM THE CARNEY ARCHIVE – INCLUDING A WINDOW DEVOTED TO FR. CARNEY BY HAYDEN CUNNINGHAM
  44. 44. STUDENT DISPLAYS, CONTINUED
  45. 45. REMEMBER TO VISIT THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE TO FIND VIDEOS OF OUR CLASA EVENTS SIGN IN WITH YOUR DETROIT MERCY EMAIL CREDENTIALS • FOLLOW THIS LINK: • HTTPS://WEB.MICROSOFTSTREAM.COM/BROWSE?Q=CLASA • FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE CARNEY LATIN AMERICANSOLIDARITY ARCHIVE AT UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY, VISIT: HTTP://UDMERCY.EDU/CLASA

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