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Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, international peace advocate, to speak in Yakima May 30

the Inland Register

(From the May 23, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, will speak on “Creating Peace through Justice” on Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 212 N. 4th St. in Yakima.

The event is free and open to the public. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided; child care also will be available. Discussion with dessert will follow the presentation.

The event is sponsored by the Yakima Valley Peace Advocates Network.

Bishop Gumbleton is the founding president of Pax Christi USA, a national organization dedicated to nonviolence. He is an outspoken critic of the economic sanctions against Iraq and has been arrested for peace protests and activities.

He has traveled to many of the world’s areas of conflict, including Iraq, Haiti, El Salvador, Colombia, and Mexico.

“When you expend, as we’re going to do this year, $400 billion for weapons, you’re robbing the poor, causing them to starve,” he said recently. “It’s an act of aggression. Now if we’re really going to be a light the world, don’t we have to try to do something about that?”

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