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Congressman Joe Moakley and El Salvador at 4/10 Boston DSA meeting

photo of book cover

Joe Moakley’s Journey

Rescheduled from our 2/13 meeting, which was cancelled because of a winter storm.

DSA member Mark Schneider will discuss his latest book, Joe Moakley’s Journey: From South Boston to El Salvador,  the first biography of South Boston’s popular, long serving congressman, Joe Moakley. 

The book focuses on the personal and political awakening Moakley experienced when he was tasked with investigating the brutal murders of six Jesuit priests and their housekeepers in 1989 in El Salvador – a massacre the Bush administration was eager to blame on the leftist rebels.   Moakley discovered otherwise, and from that day on the people of El Salvador never had a better friend in the U.S. than the South Boston Congressman.   Issues of Central American justice, peace, and economic development became Joe Moakley’s cause from that day until his death in 2001.

“Mark Robert Schneider’s new book, Joe Moakley’s Journey, is a fine account of Congressman John Joseph Moakley’s personal and political journey progression from “meat and potatoes” neighborhood politician to human rights crusader. It is basically a political story, and the strength of Schneider’s account comes in its skillful balancing of Moakley’s local loyalties with his international interests.”—the Boston Globe

You can find more information on the book at the publisher’s web site:

We will also hear a report from Carol Pryor on behalf of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).

The talk is cosponsored by the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and Massachusetts Peace Action.

2nd Thursday of (almost) every month.
7:00 to 7:30 pm Business meeting (Exec. Brd mtg – members welcome)
7:30 to 9:00 pm Activist meeting & Book Talk

at Encuentro 5/TecsChange
9B Hamilton Place, Ste 2A, Boston MA 02108 (MAP)
Park St T Stop – Hamilton place is the alley with the Orpheum Theatre at the end of it – one block toward Govt. Ctr beyond Winter St.
2nd buzzer from the bottom