Congressman Jim McGovern Meets with Students

11/13/2009

Congressman James P. McGovern met with two groups of students this week to discuss current affairs and a historic moment.

McGovern gave students a synopsis of the health care debate in Congress days after the House passed the Affordable Healthcare for America Act. 

And, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of murders in El Salvador that led to a congressional investigation, McGovern related his role in the Moakley Commission, which found that the Salvadoran military had slain six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in an effort to quell the liberation theology movement.

McGovern, then an aide to Congressman John Joseph "Joe" Moakley, told anecdotes from his work as chief investigator. The Moakley Commission report led to the cessation of U.S. aid to the Salvadoran military and eventually to peace in the Central American country.

The day after his meeting with the students, McGovern was headed to El Salvador with his family for a solemn reunion and to receive an honorary degree from the University of Central America, where the slayings took place.

McGovern was on campus at the invitation of the target=_blank>Moakley Archive and Institute. He met with two groups:

  • Students headed to El Salvader on a Habitat for Humanity service learning program through the Moakley Institute and S.O.U.L.S.

  • Students studying Legislative Process with Assistant Professor Ken Cosgrove. 

 

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