October --2007 -- November
PEACE & JUSTICE TEACH-INS
When? Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Where? Westport Coffee House, 4010 Pennsylvania
October 24: Media Reform and Religion – Craig Lubow. Craig will discuss the impact of the media on religion and the impact of religion on the media. Craig attended the National Media Reform Conference in St Louis in 2005 and in Memphis in 2007, both organized by Freepress.net. Craig is also active in Sierra Club, Amnesty International, and ACLU.
When? Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Where? Unity on the Plaza, Classroom D
November 14: Justice Without Borders - a film from Amnesty International with speaker from Peru, Ms. Gisela Ortiz Perea.
“We’re in the midst of what could really be called a revolution in the area of human rights and international justice. Now we’re only at the beginning…but already we have seen people come to justice who I’m sure never expected that they would ever be brought before a court of law. Who thought that they could kill, murder, not just tens but hundreds of thousands of people and live to retire in some luxurious palace somewhere. We have shown that this can be stopped.”
- Larry Cox, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA , in Justice Without Borders
AIUSA’s forthcoming film Justice Without Borders examines the current landscape of international justice through the voices of survivors of human rights abuses and the legal cases they are pursuing in courts around the world.
The 35-minute film focuses on three stories, including: (1) the campaign to bring former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori to justice for human rights crimes committed while he was head of state; (2) the groundbreaking work of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to address the issue of child soldiers and end impunity for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); and (3) the campaign to bring former Guatemalan General Efraín Ríos Montt to justice in Guatemala or Spain.
Ms. Gisela Ortiz Perea is from the town of Chachapoyas in the state of Amazonas, Peru. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Enrique Guzmán y Valle. For the past 15 years, Ms. Ortiz has committed her life to an unwavering struggle against impunity so that justice will be done in the case of her brother, Enrique Ortiz Perea, who was disappeared and murdered. Enrique Ortiz Perea was 21 years old when he was kidnapped from the Universidad Enrique Guzmán y Valle (also known as "La Cantuta") and assassinated by a death squad on July 18, 1992.