I hope your summer is going well. Here are a few updates on what has been happening at the Center. Thank you for all you do to support the Center, our students, and our faculty.
We are excited to announce that Senator George Mitchell will visit Marquette's campus to highlight the Center for Peacemaking's Fall speaker series. His presentation will take place on Thursday, October 6. We will share more details about his visit, including a registration link, in the coming weeks.
Mitchell, former senate majority leader and former chairman of the Walt Disney Company, played a leading role in negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East. He was appointed as the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland (1995–2001) by President Clinton and the United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009–2011) by President Obama. He was a primary architect of the 1996 Mitchell Principles and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, and was the main investigator in two “Mitchell Reports,” one on the Arab–Israeli conflict (2001) and one on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball (2007).
Mitchell’s visit to campus is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, and the Raynor Memorial Libraries.
Publications & Presentations
Staff member publishes report on human rights in Honduras
Chris Jeske, associate director of the Center for Peacemaking, authored a report on human rights in Honduras following his participation in a human rights delegation. The report provides an overview of several social struggles in Honduras and the repression that activists face. Included in the report is a section on Berta Cáceres, the slain indigenous environmental leader and recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015.
Jeske authored the report with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, and Karen Spring, coordinator for the Honduras Solidarity Network. The delegation was coordinated by the Alliance for Global Justice and the Honduras Solidarity Network. You can download the full report at the link below.
Report & Findings: U.S. Human Rights Delegation to Honduras June 27 - July 6, 2016
Prayers for Peace
Participate in the Novena for Peace: 81 days of prayer for peace, justice, and racial reconciliation
The Novena for Peace is eighty-one days of prayer for justice, peace, and racial reconciliation in the United States. It will begin on August 20 and conclude on Election Day, November 8, which is also the birthday of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement.
The nine novenas include: for an end to the injustice of poverty; for an end to the injustice of exploitation; for an end to the injustice of exclusion; for an end to war and terrorism; for an end to violence against the vulnerable; for an end to the violence of American society; for racial reconciliation in the United States; for racial reconciliation in our faith communities; and for the building of the beloved community. You can access the novenas at the link below.
The Novena for Peace
Prayers for Peace
USCCB announces national Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities
In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on September 9. He has also appointed a special task force to support bishops in marking that Day of Prayer, and more broadly, in promoting peace and healing during this time of great strain on civil society. You can read the full press release at the link below.
USCCB President Calls for National Day of Prayer and Appoints Special Task Force to Promote Peace and Unity
| United States Conference of Catholic Bishops