Category Archives: Central American Sanctuary Movement

New Print Celebrates the Central American Sanctuary Movement in Grand Rapids during the 1980s

A new print from GVSU student Michaela West celebrates the fact that Grand Rapids had a formal sanctuary for Central Americans who were fleeing US-backed death squad violence in the 1980s. The Grand Rapids People’s History Project has several postings … Continue reading

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There was a whole community behind them: Public support for the Grand Rapids Central American Sanctuary

As was mentioned in a previous posting, the Grand Rapids Central American Sanctuary House was part of a national movement in the 1980s to provide safe housing and solidarity to Guatemalans and Salvadorans fleeing political violence.  The Koinonia House declared … Continue reading

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News Coverage of the Grand Rapids Center American Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s

This is the second story dealing with the Central American Sanctuary Movement that existed in Grand Rapids. The first story provided an overview of the Grand Rapids Movement. There was limited news coverage of the Grand Rapids Sanctuary house, which … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids was part of the Central American Sanctuary Movement in the 80s

(This article is part of a larger project about the Grand Rapids Central American Sanctuary Project. As a matter of full disclosure, this writer was part of that effort.) In the late 1970s and 1980s, US funded counter-insurgency wars were … Continue reading

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