On June 6th, Seattle University President, Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., sent the below message to the campus community asking for signatures of support for the people of Nicaragua, and especially our friends and colleagues at the Central American University (UCA).
Over the past six weeks, Nicaragua has been experiencing a political crisis as protests have been violently repressed by government police and paramilitary forces across the country. The unrest has resulted in over 115 dead and 1,000 injured. This violence has particularly affected the Central American University (UCA), our sister Jesuit institution in the capital of Managua, which on May 30 opened its gates to shelter over a thousand people fleeing violent repression of a Mother’s Day March. Because of this decision to house people fleeing terror and his subsequent condemnation of the attack, Father José Idiáquez, SJ, Rector of the UCA, has received death threats.
Seattle University and the UCA share our Jesuit mission, identity, and values in forming citizens for a more just and humane world. Since 2014, Seattle U has shared a special relationship with the UCA through numerous student and faculty exchanges and research collaborations sponsored by the Seattle University Central America Initiative. United in this shared mission, we as a Seattle University community stand in support of our brothers and sisters at the UCA and all Nicaraguans, many of whose lives are threatened with violence at the hands of their own government.
Please join us as we add our voice to the growing number of people and organizations within the international community that have condemned the violence of the Nicaraguan government and the atrocities it has committed against its people. Let Father Idiáquez and our friends and colleagues at the UCA know that they are not alone as they struggle for democracy and a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
By adding your name to this letter, we let the UCA know that they have friends who are standing alongside them as they face this crisis.
Over the course of nine days, 629 members of the Seattle U community signed this letter to show their support and solidarity with Nicaragua.