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Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA)

Welcome to the Padre Guadalupe Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), a rare collection of Spanish and English books, human rights reports, independent newspapers and newsletters, and social justice papers.

Our archive houses more than 25 years of work by individuals and organizations working in solidarity to aid the people of Latin America. Learn about the life of our namesake, Padre Guadalupe, who disappeared in Honduras in 1983. Read about the history of the archive and visit our online catalog.

Upcoming CLASA events

Programs are free and open to the public, and are held at Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus (at Livernois). For more information, call CLASA Director Gail Presbey, 313-993-1124 or

Every year CLASA sponsors many speakers to the McNichols Campus to shed light on social justice issues. Please click on our past events to learn more. 

Image and Meaning: Arabic Calligraphy Designs exhibit and reception

September 06, 2017

5 - 9 p.m.

Lobby, McNichols Campus Library

The Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), The Islamic Studies Program and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) are proud to present the exhibit Image and Meaning: Arabic Calligraphy Designs by Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nihad Dukhan. The exhibit will be on display in the McNichols Campus Library from Aug. 28 through Oct. 27.

There will be a special reception with the artist on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the McNichols Campus Library. Meet Professor Dukhan and enjoy some Lebanese finger food! The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Nihad Dukhan is a Palestinian-American artist and a master of Arabic/Islamic calligraphy residing in Detroit area. He received two master of Arabic calligraphy degrees from masters Hasan Çelebi and Mohamed Zakariya (2009 and 2013), after a total of seventeen years of apprenticeship according to over-a-thousand-years  tradition of passing knowledge and skills. Dukhan is active in promoting Arabic/Islamic calligraphy and increasing people’s awareness of its cultural and artistic significance through exhibits, lectures and workshops. His work has been exhibited in several galleries around the United States and in Istanbul. See the event flyer.


    Contact CLASA

    CLASA welcomes your questions, comments, concerns, and tales to tell. If you'd like more information on CLASA, if you're an individual or organization who would like some mention on our site, or if you'd like to make a donation, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gail Presbey, CLASA Director, at 313.993.1124.

    If you've noticed that something on our site is amiss (broken links or images, for example), we ask that you email our webmaster right away.

    If you've enjoyed your visit to our site — and especially if you've found it helpful to research — please tell us about that as well.



    Links are to both Detroit-area solidarity organizations, as well as links to information on Latin America.

    Links To Detroit Area Groups

    CLASA is as focused on community organizations and grassroots activism as it is on student scholarship at Detroit Mercy. That said, we've dedicated this site area to organizations and individual activists local to Detroit. We hope you'll feel inspired enough to join them!

    Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice
    Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice is a coalition of unions, churches and community groups working together to defend and promote workers' rights and social justice. Detroit chapter meetings are at 6.30 pm every third Monday of each month. For meeting locations and additional information call:

    • Julie Barton at 313-821-2741
    • Barb Ingalls at 248-547-7729
    • Cheryl Peck at 313-259-1436

    Casa de Unidad
    Casa de Unidad is a Detroit community center with walls and galleries displaying work by local Latino artists; they're Southwest Detroit's artistic voice! Casa de Unidad is located at 1920 Scotten in Detroit. Call 313-843-9598 for more information.

    Xicano Development Center
    The Xicano Development Center is located at 800 W. Willow in Lansing, MI 48906. Please call 517-371-4140 for more information.

    Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ)
    The ICPJ has a monthly newsletter and task forces at work on a variety of peace and justice issues. These include the Religious Coalition on Latin America (RCLA) and working to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, among other projects. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7.30 p.m. in Memorial Lounge at the First Baptist Church, 512 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI. For additional information, please contact the ICPJ at 730 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or 734.663.1870.

    Latin America

    Many of the country links below lead to lists of links created by the Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) at the University of Texas. Rather than reinvent the wheel and copy LANIC lists here (especially since LANIC did the work), many links below go directly to extensive lists from LANIC on that particular country.

    Other country links lead to lists compiled by CLASA. CLASA lists about a specific country include a link to LANIC's list on the same country.

    We've collected every link we can think of, but please let us know if we've omitted a like minded site. If you know of a website or organization that belongs in our link collection, or if one of our links is broken, tell us so by email.

    Central America
    Costa Rica
    El Salvador

    South America
    French Guiana

    North America

    Antiqua and Barbuda
    Cayman Islands
    Dominican Republic
    Puerto Rico
    St. Kitts and Nevis
    St. Lucia
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Virgin Islands


    Past Events

    Winter 2016

    Watch this slideshow for highlights of our Winter 2016 events: Collaboration with Swords into Plowshares (Jan- March), Laila Hamdan and Joan Smith on volunteering in Guatemala (Feb. 29), Eric LeCompte on Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy, and he and Jorge Chinea on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis (March 30), Irma Ilsy Vásquez Cardenas and Alejandro Monzón on indigenous rights in Chiapas, Mexico (April 4), Jose Idiáquez S.J. on contemporary Nicaragua, and he and Richard Brackley on Dean Brackley (April 5), Marilyn Fischer on Jane Addams’ peace activism (April 20), and Ruth Needleman on Brazil (April 25).

    Fall 2015

    Watch this slideshow to see photos from 2015 CLASA events: Frida Berrigan on peace mothering (Feb. 4), Eben Levey on teachers in Oxaca (March 16), Jeff Stewart on immigrant minors from Central America (March 20), Ismael Moreno Coto S.J. (“Padre Melo”) on human rights in Honduras and on Dean Brackley (April 7), Don Voelker’s art of Latin America (Sept-Oct), Joe Mulligan on Pope Francis’s visits and Romero’s beatification (Sept. 30), Jesse Freeston on his film “Resistencia” and Honduran land struggles (Sept. 30), Jorge Parra and Paige Shell-Spurling on the rights of injured workers in Colombia (Oct. 1), Dana Frank on Honduras (Oct 22), Berta Esperanza Alvarez Martens on race and gender in Cuba (Nov. 3 and 4), Jason LaFay and Alan Kaufman on Cuban youth and chess players (Nov. 4).

    2014 Events

    Watch this slide show to see highlights from our 2014 CLASA events: Denise Griebler on the immigrant crisis and the film “Harvest of Empire” (Feb. 6), Matt Meyer on liberation in Africa (March 13), Danielle Poe on ending slavery in Brazil (March 27),  Gene Palumbo on Dean Brackley (April 8), Bishop Thomas Gumbleton on the film “Monsenor” on Archbishop Oscar Romero (April 10), Joe Mulligan S.J. on the Jesuit martyrs (Sept. 22), Laura Finley on preventing domestic violence (Oct. 2), Abdilatif Abdalla on Kenyan politics and culture (Oct. 28), Joe Tropea and Jerry Berrigan on the film “Hit and Stay” about the Catonsville 9 and the peace movement (Oct. 29), Anke Graness on ancient Egyptian philosophy (Nov. 25) and John Barrie on green technology for indigenous communities in Central America (Dec. 5).
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