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.

Greater Rochester Haiti Networking Event


Greater Rochester
Haiti Networking Event


Friday, May 12, 2017
St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality
402 South Avenue, Rochester

Rochester-Haiti Connections:  So many local Rochester groups collaborate with groups in Haiti!  We might be able to share resources, facilitate networking and communication, provide advice or consultation in our group’s specialties, or co-host events such as speakers, discussions or Kreyol lessons.  When I lived in Haiti I was part of a similar group called the Cap Haitien Health Network, which serves as an inspiration for setting up something here in Rochester.

Networking:  Please join us for this Rochester-Haiti networking event (and an early celebration of Fèt Drapo) on May 12 to learn about the projects other groups are working on!  We’ll provide some food–maybe even some Haitian food–and some space and time for representatives of local groups working in Haiti to share about their programs.

Information:  Please RSVP to sabeie@rit.edu if your group can send a representative.  Whether you can come or not, please add your groups’ info to this Google Doc so we can collect all the local groups who work in Haiti:

Please share this event with others who work in Haiti,

We hope that you can join us and bring your favorite Haitian proverb!  “Yon sèl dwèt pa ka mange kalalou.” (You can’t eat okra with one finger.)


Sarah Brownell

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