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“A Peaceful Revolution of Footsteps: Immigration, Human Rights, and How Migrants are Shaping the 21st Century” FEB 13 7pm
Contributed by Patricia Rodriguez on 01/27/2012
Monday, Feb. 13, 7pm @ Taughannock Falls Room, Campus Center
Father Alejandro Solalinde will is a Mexican priest who began his mission with migrants, when the conditions facing hundreds of thousands of Central American people riding trains northward through Mexico to the United States each year came to his attention. These men, women and children travel undocumented in the most desperate conditions, extraordinarily vulnerable to criminal predation. As he witnessed the intensification of violence directed at migrants in transit from criminal gangs and corrupt authorities, Padre Alejandro opened a migrant shelter in 2007, joining a system of over fifty shelters and food kitchens that have emerged along the unauthorized migratory route to the United States. Since that time, the shelter has become a frontline in the fight against increasingly organized and brutal attacks on undocumented Central American migrants in transit through Mexico. The shelter also engages in activism on behalf of the migrants and human rights. It became the staging ground for numerous protests, and launched Padre Alejandro into the national political fight against abuses of human rights in Mexico.
Co sponsored by: IC Politics Dept, Latin American Studies Minor, and Diversity Awareness Committee; Cornell Latin American Studies Dept. and Committee on U.S. Latin American Relations (Cuslar).
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