St Thomas Vigil is still on
From: Charles Underwood (
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 18:04:31 -0700 (PDT)
The Coalition for Palestinian Rights
For Immediate Release
Sanna Towns        
(h) 651-224-0833   
(w) 651-632-6000 ext: 1220
sannat43 [at]
Susanne Waldorf
(c) 641-220-3147
susannewaldorf [at]
A Silent Vigil
Response to Father Dease¹s Retracted Invitation to Desmond Tutu
Friday, October 12, 2007
12:00 noon ­ 1:30 pm
St. Thomas University Gate, Summit Avenue, St. Paul
Doug Hennes, Vice President for university and government relations at St.
Thomas, explained the retracted invite of Bishop Desmond Tutu in this way,
³He [Tutu] has been critical of Israel and Israeli policy regarding the
Palestinians, so we talked with people in the Jewish community and they said
they believed it would be hurtful to the Jewish community, because of things
he's said." 
The Coalition for Palestinian Rights, a Minnesota-based coalition including
many Twin Cities activists and groups want Father Dease and the St. Thomas
administration to recognize what is ?hurtful¹ to the Palestinian people.
We will gather in silence and wearing all black on Friday, October 12, 2007,
at the gates of St. Thomas University, in response to the retracted
invitation of Desmond Tutu.
The Coalition for Palestinian rights is inviting St. Thomas University
faculty, students, and the general public to stand in silent recognition of
the many voices that have been suppressed in the Palestinian people¹s
struggle for their rights ­ the voices of 5 - 6 million Palestinians living
in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and within Israel, the voices
of the over 5 million Palestinian refugees living in the Diaspora, the voice
of Professor Norman Finkelstein in his tenure bid at DePaul University, and
now the voice of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Bishop Desmond Tutu, along with
many others. 
At the same time, we will carry signs to demonstrate that the voices calling
for justice and peace can never be completely silenced.  The signs will ask
Father Dease to consider what is ?hurtful¹ to Palestinian Christians and
Muslims ­ not only what might be ?hurtful¹ to some members of the Minnesota
Jewish community.
Silent Vigil Details:
Date: Friday, October 12, 2007
Time: 12:00 noon ­ 1:30 pm
Location: In front of the gates of the University of St. Thomas on Summit
Avenue in 
             St. Paul, MN
Pease join us.  Wearing black is not required, but preferred.
For more information on the silent vigil or the Coalition for Palestinian
Rights, please contact Sanna Towns or Susanne Waldorf.

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