Rev. Roy Bourgeois, M.M., an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy in Central America over the past 15 years, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in the Buckley Center Auditorium on the University of Portland campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. His talk is free and open to the public.
For more than a decade, Bourgeois has opposed the U.S. Army School of the Americas, a training school for Latin American soldiers. He founded the School of the Americas Watch in 1990 to educate people about the human rights abuses of the school's graduates and to encourage its closure.
Bourgeois became a Catholic priest after a four-year career in the U.S. Navy, where he received the Purple Heart. As a Maryknoll, he worked with poor of Bolivia for five years before being arrested and forced to leave the country for his defense of the poor.
He has been imprisoned numerous times for non-violently protesting U.S. policy in Central America. In addition to working on documentary films, he has traveled on fact-finding missions to Latin America, Vietnam and Iraq. He also testified in the extradition trial of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Having heard him speak on three prior occasions, I can assure you that this is worth a trip to the University of Portland on Monday night. This promises to be a very moving and motivating talk. I look forward to seeing you there.