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Second Tuesday Talks: Civil Resistance When Government Violates Human Rights and International Law

John Fife


The Sanctuary Movement in the '80's and continuing through today, is based on the legal right and civil responsibility to non-violently resist government violations of human rights as determined by the UNHCR, the UN Human Rights Commission, and international courts. History of this legal principle and the implementation in southern Arizona of the sanctuary movement and No More Deaths will be discussed.

John is co-founder of the Sanctuary Movement in North America (1982) and a founding member of No More Deaths and Samaritans, organizations that provide humanitarian aid to migrants in the Sonoran Desert. He is a member of the National Council of Elders, organizers of the defining social justice movement of the 20th Century. He is also a pastor emeritus of Southside Presbyterian Church. He has a B.A and M.Div.