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A dozen people who were active locally in Central America solidarity movements gathered June 9 at World Fellowship to reminisce, catch up, and sing songs of liberation. 

The New Hampshire Central America Network formed in the late 1980s to provide greater cohesion for activists working to end US aggression against Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.  Working out of a downtown Concord office, the Network kept local activists in touch with international developments, sponsored speakers tours and delegations, organized demonstrations, and let the state’s elected leaders know we opposed the imperialist policies of the Reagan and Bush I administrations. 

My own memories of the period include numerous local residents making visits toAndy & Lynn Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras; speakers from Central America cris-crossing the state; sit-ins in the offices of members of Congress; and lots of meetings (of course). 

Ash Eames, a Wentworth resident who was one of many New Hampshirites who traveled to Nicaragua with Witness for Peace, was the Network’s key convenor. 

The June 9 gathering included Ash, Deborah Stuart, Lynn Clowes, Andy Davis, Andrea Walsh, Paul Marcus, Paul Baker Hernandez, Jack Bopp, Craig Blouin, Beth Allen, Judy Elliott, and me.  

As we shared what significant memories and what we’ve learned, just about everyone talked about the importance of building community among activists. 

The NH CAN reunion was not officially on the schedule for World Fellowship, where the 2012 season gets its formal start June 25.

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World Fellowship, the family summer camp with a conscience, begins its 71st summer season this weekend on the edge of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. 

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For the Board and staff, months of planning and preparation meet the test of real guests asking about towels, kvetching about the the meals (always excellent, in my opinion), asking for directions, and giving rapt attention to Andy’s morning announcements and weather reports.

For those fortunate enough to be planning to be there a few days or longer, the new season promises opportunities to connect with old friends and meet new ones, while enjoying stimulating presentations, walks to Whitton Pond, and reading under the trees.  

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I’m looking forward to the Clamshell Alliance Reunion Weekend, July 22 to 24, and the week which follows. 

And for those who have not yet made your reservations, it’s not too late.  The buildings may be old, but World Fellowship has an up-to-date (mostly) web-site, enabling you to reserve and pay on-line.  Do it now!

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