Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Building peace in a country at war

On November 11, at 8:00 p.m. in Bentley Hall Room 132, Latin American Studies presents Colombian Catholic priest Fr. Jesus Alberto Franco. He will be reflecting on two decades of human rights work in the midst of deadly conflict.

Father Alberto is a Colombian missionary priest and the Executive Secretary of Inter-church Justice and Peace Commission, a Colombian human rights and community organizing group. For more than 20 years, Fr. Alberto has worked for human rights and accompanied the resistance processes of Afro-Colombian, indigenous and mixed-race farmers. In 2009, he was a featured speaker at the School of the Americas annual vigil at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Witness for Peace is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Witness for Peace’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsors include Witness for Peace, Latin American Studies at OU, Amnesty International at OU, and United Campus Ministry.

Check out the event page on facebook, and visit the Witness for Peace website.

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