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The Struggle to Survive in Central America: A Portrait of Life from a Grassroots, Human Rights Perspective
The Struggle to Survive in Central America: A Portrait of Life from a Grassroots, Human Rights Perspective
Mary Anne Perrone
This presentation will give an overview of the forces that impact the daily lives of Central Americans who are struggling to provide for their families in a context of poverty, violence, extractive industries and impunity.  Especially highlighted will be the country of Honduras, whose residents continue to try to flee to the U.S. Border out of desperation.  The presenter has visited Honduras several times over the years since the 2009 coup d'etat, both as a participant in human rights delegations and an accompanier of human rights defenders.   She is scheduled to be in Honduras again in 2021, returning just days before her presentation if COVID restrictions allow travel at that time.  

Mary Anne is an educator, an activist and a spiritual guide.  All her adult life she has been an activist for peace and justice. Her particular area of focus for over 30 years has been on human rights in Latin America.  This work led their young family to live and work in Latin America in the late 1980’s (Bolivia) to accompany the poor there in a spirit of liberation.  She has been working in the U.S. ever since to raise consciousness about our country’s role in human rights violations in Latin America and to work for substantive change in our foreign policy.  In the last two decades, this work has taken her on multiple human rights delegations to several Latin American countries, connecting with and accompanying courageous people working in their own countries to defend those whose human rights are highly threatened.  Locally she has been part of the Latin America Task Force of Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ) for decades.
In 2009 Mary Anne joined with many others in Washtenaw County to address the human rights violations of immigrant people, an effort that became WICIR:  Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights.    Most recently she has been very active in forming and carrying out the work of Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary (WCS), offering sanctuary to immigrants who are in danger of being deported.
Lecture Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Lecture Date : 05/20/2021      
Program Year : 2020-21      
Term : Winter/Spring      
Fee : $10.00