• El Congresista: Joe Moakley en Salvador

Special exhibit from the Moakley Archive & Institute

On display throughout Hispanic Heritage Month
Sawyer Lounge

El Congresista: Joe Moakley en Salvador focuses on El Salvador, the civil war and the conflict’s impact on the Salvadoran people through photographs and documents drawn from the John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute. The exhibit explores the late congressman’s growing involvement with Salvadoran refugees and citizens during a period when the United States, fearing a leftist takeover, poured funds into Salvadoran military operations. Moakley fought to improve immigration conditions, then led a Congressional investigation into the murders of six Jesuit priests and two women at the University of Central America in San Salvador. When his probe revealed that the murders had been directed from the upper levels of the Salvadoran armed forces, Congress cut off military funding. Moakley’s efforts led directly to a U.N. peace accord and democratic elections in El Salvador.

Moakley’s friendship with the Salvadoran people did not end when peace accords were signed in 1992. The exhibit shows his efforts to bolster democracy in a country wasted by civil war and how Moakley’s foray into U.S. foreign policy reverberates today.

Sponsored by S.O.U.L.S. Community Service and Service Learning Center.

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