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Blase Bonpane is Director of the Office of the Americas (based in Los Angeles, California) which he co-founded with his wife Theresa in 1983. His attention has been primarily on human rights and identification of illegal and immoral aspects of domestic and foreign policies of the United States.
Bonpane served as a Maryknoll priest in Guatemala and was assigned by the Cardinal of Central America as National Advisor to Centro Capacitacion Social, a center for university and high school students working in the field with indigenous people on matters of health, literacy and labor organization. He was expelled from that country in 1967 in the midst of a revolution. (Washington Post, February 4, 1968, "A Priest in Guatemala.")
Mediation in Latin America
He played a significant role in the historic dialogue in Latin America between Christianity and Marxism. (Guatemala: Occupied Country, Eduardo Galeano, Monthly Review Press, 1969) Blase Bonpane led investigative delegations to Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica and Peru. He traveled through the conflictive zones of Chiapas, Mexico together with Bishop Samuel Ruiz on a series of peace missions and served on the board of SICSAL, a hemispheric ecumenical secretariat based in Mexico City. He also participated in peace missions to El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador and Iraq. (See the Blase Bonpane Collection, Department of Special Collections, UCLA Research Library; Collection 1590).
A complete list of Bonpane's awards together with those granted to him and his wife together and to the Office of the Americas can be seen here.
The third edition of Bonpane's book, "Guerrillas of Peace; Liberation Theology and the Central American Revolution", originally published by South End Press, was published by toExcel in 2000. A peace trilogy of his books has been published by Red Hen Press,Guerrillas of Peace on the Air, Second Printing 2002, "Common Sense for the 21st Century', Second Printing, 2010, and "Civilization is Possible", 2008. Under the auspices of the Oral History Program at UCLA Blase Bonpane completed the book "The Central American Solidarity Movement",Copyright 2005, by The Regents of the University of California.
Bonpane received his PhD in Social Science from University of California Irvine in 1984. He has served on the faculties of the University of California Los Angeles, California State University Northridge, and California State University Los Angeles.
Blase Bonpane was a leader of the International March for Peace in Central America, December 10, 1985-January 27, 1986. This venture from Panama to Mexico included some 30 nations and 400 participants.
- Office of the Americas website
- KPFK website
- VIDEO: Blase Bonpane speaks at a peace rally at Arlington West
- Blase Bonpane for Congress (1992) interview