Marian University to host Witness for Peace presentation

October 14, 2013

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Marian University’s Social Justice Committee will be hosting a presentation by the Witness for Peace organization on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Stayer Center, Room 205.

Francisco Cerezo, founding member of the Comite Cerezo, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event, and will present on “Drugs, Guns and U.S. Policies in Mexico.” According to Comite Cerezo, militarization, fueled by over $1.1 billion in military aid from the U.S. and justified by the War on Drugs, has led to increased violence, political repression and human rights violations in Mexico, as well as more than 900 individuals being detained or persecuted for political reasons since 2000. Following the arrest of three Cerezo brothers in 2001, Comite Cerezo was formed to fight for their liberation, but has continued to promote and defend human rights of victims of political repression.

Witness for Peace is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Witness for Peace’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainability economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact John Morris, co-chair of the Marian University Social Justice Committee, by email at or by phone at 920-923-7140.