Who Speaks for Nature? Indigenous Environmentalists against Extraction in Ecuador.

Presentation by Karleen West,
SUNY Geneseo

October 4, 7:00 pm
Downtown United Presbyterian Church,
121 North Fitzhugh Street,
Rochester, NY

The church is accessible to those with handicaps and looped for the hearing impaired.

Karleen West is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at SUNY Geneseo. She will discuss her latest research on the struggles of indigenous communities against international companies promoting natural resource extraction and giant megaprojects in Ecuador. Her research focuses on Latin American politics, and includes interests in ethnic politics, political parties, comparative institutions, and political behavior. She has published in several different journals.

Honduras: Dispelling the Myth

Come and learn why Honduras has sent hundreds of thousands of migrants to the United States and other countries since the 2009 coup!

Sister Phyllis Tierney, SSJ
Wednesday, June 7, 7 PM
Downtown United Presbyterian Church*
121 North Fitzhugh Street

Free and open to the public

Sister Phyllis Tierney, SSJ, will discuss her experiences of a 10-day pilgrimage with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity to Honduras in December 2016. Their goal was to learn the root causes of greatly increased migration from Honduras to the U.S. since the 2009 coup. Honduras has become known as the “the murder capital of the world.” Come and learn what has caused the growing violence, killings and human rights violations that have led Hondurans to flee their country in record numbers.

Sister Phyllis is a long-time immigrant rights advocate and activist and member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester for 56 years. Since 2006, she has served as Coordinator of the Congregation’s Justice and Peace office and is Editor of the Justice and Peace office’s bi-weekly newsletter, Just Us. You will also find her joining local delegations to legislators to advocate for justice for farmworkers and helping organize Rochester’s local “Nuns on the Bus” tours.

*The church is accessible to the handicapped and looped for the hearing impaired.

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