Thursday, March 27, 2008

Affirmation Night Event


This year's Holy Spirit Peace and Justice Affirmation Night will be held on Friday, March 28th, at 7:00 PM at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on the corner of North 10th Street and Nyssa St.

This annual event recognizes and "affirms" those individuals and organizations that work for peace and justice in the Valley.

The highlight of this year's event will be a panel of seven activists that have been involved in peace and justice work in the Valley for over thirty years.

Edinburg attorney, Joe Richard Flores, worked with the South Texas Project when legal work in the area of civil rights began. One of his most historic cases included the McAllen police brutality case of 1981, which received national attention and which he will discuss.

Nina Ochoa Krueger is the founder of BARCA, the Border Association for Refugees of Central America. She and her husband, Ed Krueger, an ordained Disciples of Christ minister, were active in the early years with the Farmworker Ministry, organizing farm workers and informing them of their rights. In the 70's Ed was directly involved in the controversies between the United Farm Workers and the Texas Rangers, which led to historic legislation. He also organized women in the maquiladoras along the border.

Telma Longoria was the director of Catholic Social Services at the height of the controversy surrounding the Catholic diocesan refugee center, Casa Romero, as well as organizing legal services during the Amnesty program of the mid 80's.

Sister Marian Strohmeyer responded to refugees from Central America by opening Casa Merced on her family’s McAllen property. She is also well known as a health care advocate who founded Comfort House, initially for persons with AIDS.

Ann Williams Cass is a member of the McAllen Ministerial Alliance and will speak about the local interfaith involvement in addressing Valley justice issues. She will also be the moderator of the panel.

Juanita Valdez-Cox, director of La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), previously the United Farm Workers Union in San Juan, will speak of the farmworker movement in the Valley and the challenges and victories gained in the 80's.. Linda YaZez, Judge with the 13th Court of Appeals, was practicing immigration law in the early 1980's and dealt with the challenging cases of Central Americans applying for asylum.

This event is free and open to the public. Childcare will be available. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the history of peace and justice in the Valley. Refreshments and desserts will follow the presentations.

Friday, March 28, 2008
First Christian Church
North 10 and Nyssa Street


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