|Hi <<First Name>>,
As you can see, we have many exciting updates to share with you this month. Thank you for all you do to promote peace. I hope to see you at our upcoming events.Peace,
Patrick Kennelly, Director
Local representatives speak at Pakistan peace vigil
On Dec 22nd over 150 people gathered in the Marquette Alumni Memorial ballrooms for a vigil responding to the Peshawar school massacre in Pakistan in which 145 people were killed. Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Evan Goyke, Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, and Dr. Danish Siddiqqui each spoke out against the violence and in support of peaceful solutions.
This event was a collaboration between the Center for Peacemaking, Pakistan Physicians Society of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition, and Muslim Student Association at Marquette University.
See the Consulate General of Pakistan in Chicago's facebook post of the event.
Students help pass Water for the World Act
In November the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) student ambassadors organized an interactive simulation to raise awareness of how important access to safe drinking water is to people in the developing world. Access to clean and safe water can be the difference between whether a community is able to thrive or not.
Moved by their participation in this event, the students created a change.org petition which was sent to members of congress in support of H.R.2901 Water for the World Act. The Water for the World Act improves "the capacity of the United States Government to implement, leverage, and monitor and evaluate programs to provide first-time or improved access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene to the world's poorest on an equitable and sustainable basis, and for other purposes."
In December congress voted to pass the bill and the President signed it into law.
News & Updates
Executive committee member named next president of Creighton University
We would like to congratulate Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J. on being named the 25th President of Creighton University. Fr. Hendrickson has served on the Center for Peacemaking's executive committee for two years. Before starting at Creighton, the Center for Peacemaking is is working with him to launch a pilot program that will engage students with peacemaking efforts in Northeast India.
Fr. Hendrickson is the second Center for Peacemaking executive committee member to become the president of a Jesuit university. In 2012, Fr. John Fitzgibbons, S.J., a former executive committee member, became the President of Regis University.
Publications & Presentations
Article on Afghanistan picked up by multiple news sites
Patrick Kennelly, the Director of the Center for Peacemaking, recently penned an article titled "The Unspeakable in Afghanistan," on his recent trip to Kabul. The article provides an overview of the current situation as told to him by ordinary Afghans and details the hopes of the Border Free Center to build a peaceful future.
The article was published by CommonDreams and truthout.