This month of Mach was filled with many commemorations and special days to reflect on. We started the month celebrating the role of woman. With our students we reflected about this topic. As a concrete showing of our recognition, March 8th, each person remembered the role of a woman who has changed the world.
Tuesday March 12th, we commemorated the life and legacy of Father Rutilio Grande, one of the victims of institutionalized injustice and violence that dominated in El Salvador in the 70’s. He, together with two Salvadorans, was assassinated by hands of the death squads on March 12th 1977. Father Rutilio Grande created a community of faith and hope by raising consciousness about the reality, human dignity and the defense of fundamental rights. He was Monseñor Romero’s very good friend, and the martyr Father Tilo (his loving nick name) still inspires the Salvadoran people’s struggle.
Marking the visit of the SOA Watch Delegation, the students from the school were involved in the discussion and struggle for the close of the School of the Americas (now known as Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). We recognized and listened to the voice of the victims via the testimony of Irma Reina. The reflection about the infamous history of the self named School and relating these facts to the 20th anniversary of the report of the Truth Commission, permitted us to reconnect with a historical weight of impunity, injustice and inequality that is as true today as in the past.
|Irma Reina sobreviviente de 3 masacres|