Petition Against Violence in Honduras

Friday, August 7, 2009

Petition Against Violence Directed at Universities and Research Centers in Honduras

[If you would like to add your name to this petition please submit a comment using the link below. We will continue to publicize the issues raised and are continuing to contact US government officials, so adding your name will increase the power of this call to action.

We also encourage you to directly contact your own US Senators and representative, since most give more attention to constituents. You can find their contact details here:
https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm]

The undersigned, researchers, university faculty, administrators, and students, from a wide range of US universities and institutions, write to urgently ask the US government to sanction the de facto regime in Honduras for escalated violence directed at our counterparts in universities and research centers in Honduras.

Already we have seen deaths and unwarranted manhandling of respected scholars. The violence initiated by police yesterday at the national university in Tegucigalpa led directly to elevated confrontations with students exercising free speech and engaging in civil disobedience, confrontations endangering the wider community.

The responsibility for this violence rests directly with the de facto regime, which a week ago declared an escalation in its already harsh repression of civil rights.

Unfortunately, US foreign policy has failed to clearly indicate that we condemn these repressive policies and has demonstrably emboldened the de facto regime, discouraging supporters of democracy in Honduras and the region.

We call on you to reassert US support for the rights of the people to assemble, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech.

Our national interest in Central America is ill-served by mixed messages that encourage authoritarian rule.

With the repression practiced on university students, we see the next generation of potential leaders of Honduran civil society losing faith in the US as a source of support, and we urge policy decisions to consider wider interests, not the narrow and short-term goals that appear to be dictating United States’ inactivity.

The signatories below, more than 100 people from across the country, represent the first wave of those endorsing this appeal. Updated lists of signatures will be posted with the original petition online at http://honduraspetitionagainstviolence.blogspot.com/.

The need for action is urgent, and we respectfully ask for your intervention now.

Rosemary A. Joyce
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences
University of California, Berkeley

Adrienne Pine
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
American University

Pablo Delano
Professor of Fine Arts
Trinity College

Lena Mortensen
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto, Scarborough

James F. Jones, Jr.
President, Trinity College
Trinity College Professor in the Humanities


AND

Leisy Abrego
University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Irvine

Sonia E. Alvarez
Director, Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Juan Manuel Arbona
Associate Professor
Bryn Mawr College

Wendy Ashmore
Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Riverside

Azita Azargoshasb
MA, Economics in International Development
American University in Cairo

Beth Baker-Cristales
Assistant Director
Latin American Studies Program
California State University, Los Angeles

Laura Barbas-Rhoden
Associate Professor, Foreign Languages
Wofford College

Francisco J. Barbosa
Assistant Professor
University of Colorado, Boulder

Jason A. Bartles
Doctoral Student, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Jeffrey Bayliss
Assistant Professor of History
Trinity College

Susan Fitzpatrick Behrens
History Dept.
California State University, Northridge

Chelsea Blackmore, UCOP Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Berkeley

Kira Blaisdell-Sloan, PhD
University of California, Berkeley

Elizabeth Bollwerk
Doctoral Candidate
University of Virginia

Katherine Borland
Assistant Dean
The Ohio State University Newark
Associate Professor
Comparative Studies in the Humanities

Robert D. Bowers
Graduate Student
Department of Anthropology
University of South Florida

Keri Brondo
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Memphis

Jennifer Burrell
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University at Albany SUNY

Joseph Byrne
Professor of Fine Art
Trinity College

Sonia Cardenas
Associate Professor of Political Science
Director, Human Rights Program
Trinity College

Stefanie Chambers
Department of Political Science
Trinity College

Julie A. Charlip
Professor of History
Whitman College

Kristen Cheney
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Dayton

Meredith Chesson, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Notre Dame University

Bonnie Clark
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Denver University

George L. Cowgill
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Arizona State University

Linda J. Craft
North Park University, Chicago

David V. Cruz-Uribe, SFO
Professor of Mathematics
Trinity College

Robin Maria DeLugan
Assistant Professor
University of California Merced

Jennifer A. Devine, PhD candidate, Geography
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Boyd Dixon, TEC Inc, Hagatna, Guam

Marc Edelman
Professor of Anthropology
Hunter College and the Graduate Center
City University of New York

Sarah England
Soka University of America

Dr. Luis Figueroa
Associate Professor of History
Trinity College

Genevieve Fisher, Registrar, Peabody Museum, Harvard University

Sheila Fisher
Professor of English
Associate Academic Dean
Trinity College

Antonia E. Foias
Professor of Anthropology, Williams College

Dana Frank
Professor of History
University of California, Santa Cruz

Brigittine French
Department of Anthropology
Grinnell College

Henry J. Frundt
Professor of Sociology
Ramapo College, N.J.

Melissa Fugiero
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers
Research Associate
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA

Susan D. Gillespie
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Florida

Julia Schaefer Gomez
Anthropology Graduate
George Mason University

Greg Grandin
New York University

Sanjiv Gupta
Dept. of Sociology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

William F. Hanks
Berkeley Distinguished Professor in Linguistic Anthropology
Professorof Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley

Nora Hamilton
Political Science
University of Southern California

Thomas S. Harrington
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
Trinity College

Julia A. Hendon, Associate Professor
Chair, Dept. of Anthropology
Gettysburg College

Anita Herzfeld
Professor
University of Kansas

Servando Z. Hinojosa
Associate Professor of Anthropology
The University of Texas-Pan American

Persephone Hintlian, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology
Indiana University

Dorothy L. Hodgson, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Research on Women
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Rutgers University

Irene B. Hodgson, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish and Director of Latin American Studies
Xavier University

Katherine Hoyt, Ph.D.
Nicaragua Network

B Joby Hunt
Arch Field Tech.
Coastal Environments Inc.
Biloxi, Mississippi

Drew A. Hyland
Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy
Trinity College

Douglas B. Johnson
Professor Emeritus
Trinity College

Marianne Joyce
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Michael Joyce, Vassar College

Nanette H. Joyce, Temple University

Jenny Kahn, Research Archaeologist, Assistant Anthropologist
Bishop Museum

Karen Kampwirth
Knox College

Veronica M. Kann
Assistant Director, La Casa Cultural Latina
University of Illinois

Alice B. Kehoe, Ph.D.
Prof. emerita
Marquette University

Michael Kennedy
MA Student Anthropology
The American University in Cairo

Lisa Maya Knauer
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Katherine Lahti
Associate Professor of Language and Culture Studies
Trinity College
Hartford, CT

Paul Lauter
A.K. & G.M. Smith Professor of Literature
Trinity College

C.N. Le
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Director of Asian/American Studies
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Brianna Leavitt-Alcantara
Assistant Professor of History
Centre College, Kentucky

Sonia M Lee
Dept. of Language and Culture Studies
Trinity College

Jeanne Lopiparo, Assistant Professor
Rhodes College

Michael W. Love
Professor of Anthropology
California State University, Northridge

Brian Madigan, PhD candidate, Department of History
University of California, Berkeley

Ann Magennis
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Colorado State University

Beatriz Manz, Professor of Geography and Ethnic Studies
University of California, Berkeley

Erika Marquez
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Susan A Masino
Trinity College

Randall H. McGuire
Professor of Anthropology, Binghamton University

Ann M Mester, Associate Dean, College of LAS
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Illinois

Brent Metz
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Kansas

Ellen Moodie
Department of Anthropology
University of Illinois

Rebeca Moreno-Orama
PhD candidate, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Maryland, College Park

Ronald Nibbe
Central American Studies Program
California State University Northridge

Karina Oliva-Alvarado
President's Postdoctoral Fellow
English Department
University of California, Los Angeles

Laura O'Rourke, Visiting Research Affiliate
University of California, Berkeley

Mark Overmyer-Velasquez
Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
University of Connecticut

Thomas C. Patterson
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside

Carol Pearson
Associate Professor
North Dakota State University

Brandt Peterson
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
Michigan State University

Dr. Aaron Pollack
Coordinador Académico
Maestría en Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo
Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora

Dr Vijay Prashad
George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History
Professor of International Studies
Trinity College

K Anne Pyburn, Professor of Anthropology
Indiana University

Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia
Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literature
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Maryland, College Park

Sarah Raskin, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program
Trinity College

Kelley Ready
Senior Lecturer
Brandeis University

Dr. Gary Reger
Professor of History
Trinity College

Dr. Milla Riggio
James J Goodwin Professor of English
Trinity College

Ana Patricia Rodríguez
Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Maryland, College Park

Christopher I. Roos
Postdoctoral fellow, Anthropology
University of South Florida

Martha Rosler
Professor
MGSA, Rutgers University

Kara A. Rothenberg
Department of Anthropology
University of South Florida

Gloria Rudolf
University of Pittsburgh

Mary R. Sandoval
Department of Mathematics
Trinity College

Sanford Schram
Visiting Professor
Bryn Mawr College
Haverford College

Daniel A. Segal, Director, Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer College
Jean M. Pitzer Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Historical Studies
Pitzer College

Russell Sheptak, Visiting Scholar
University of California, Berkeley

Rose Spalding
DePaul University

Suzanne Spencer-Wood
Professor of Anthropology
Oakland University

Lynn Stephen
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
Director, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies
University of Oregon

William B. Taylor
Muriel McKevitt Sonne Professor of Latin American History, Emeritus
University of California, Berkeley

Abby Templer
Graduate Student
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Miguel Tinker Salas
Arango Professor of Latin American History
Pomona College

Mayo C. Toruño
Professor of Economics
California State University, San Bernadino

Catherine M. Tucker, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Indiana University

David Vine
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
American University

Jocelyn Viterna
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Harvard University

Christine J. Wade
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Washington College

Maurice L. Wade
Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy Studies, and International Studies
Trinity College

Shannon Drysdale Walsh
Fulbright-Hays Fellow
Doctoral Candidate
University of Notre Dame

E. Christian Wells
Director, Office of Sustainability
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of South Florida

Mark Westmoreland
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
The American University in Cairo

Laurie A. Wilkie
Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Eliza Willis
Professor of Political Science
Grinnell College

Tamar Diana Wilson
Research Affiliate, Dept of Anthropology
University of Missouri, St. Louis

Dr. Sonja Wolf
Research Fellow
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Justin Wolfe
William Arcenaux Associate Professor of Latin American History
Tulane University

Kathryn Worley
Graduate Student
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

*******Signatures as of 7:30 PM EDT August 13, 2009****

*******Below - Signatures AFTER 7:30 PM EDT August 13, 2009*****

Joseph Byrne
Professor of Fine Arts, Trinity College

Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan
Graduate Student in Anthropology
Austin Community College

Carol Hayman
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology
Austin Community College

Michael Niemann
Visiting Professor of International Studies
Southern Oregon University

Maria Tralongo
Trinity College

Mariella Zucchi-Bingman
Instructor of Italian
Bowling Green State University

Francisco Goldman
Allan K. Smith Professor of English Language and Literature
Trinity College

Maria Ybarra
Doctoral candidate
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
University of California, Berkeley

Neici M. Zeller
Assistant Professor
History Department
William Paterson University

Valeria Grinberg Pla
Assistant Professor of Spanish American Literature
Bowling Green State University

Barbara Voss
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Stanford University

Verner P. Bingman
Department of Psychology
Bowling Green State University

Kevin Coleman
Doctoral Candidate in History
Indiana University

Marc Adam Hertzman Ph.D.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Wesleyan University

Cordelia A. Frewen
Graduate Student in Anthropolgy
University of Denver

Molly Todd
Assistant Professor
Augustana College

Laura Carlsen, Director
Americas Program
Center for International Policy

Osvaldo Gómez Martínez
Doctoral Candidate
Faculty of Politics, Psychology & International Studies
Universit of Cambridge, U.K.