Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Montgomery County [Pennsylvania] Citizens Concerned About Central America Collected Records, 1984-1991

Collection: CDG-A



Contact Information

Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
U.S.A.
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator)
Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/


Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for this collection of records.
Creator
Montgomery County Citizens Concerned About Central America
Title
Montgomery County Citizens Concerned About Central America Collected Records
Inclusive Dates
1984-1991
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
10 linear inches [papers only]
Abstract
The Montgomery County Citizens Concerned About Central America (MCCACA) was founded in Septemberember 1984. Founding members of this Pennsylvania organization joined a nationwide effort to educate and mobilize citizens to challenge the United States government's foreign policy stance and actions in Central America.
MCCCACA activities ranged from letter-writing and petition campaigns, community forums and educational hearings, and sponsorship of relevant speakers and films, to controversial public demonstrations and protests. By March 1993 the group's activity had waned. Longtime leaders Sylvia Metzler, Judith Palmer and Jerilyn Bowen announced the decision to disband at that time.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of unknown
Processing Information
Processed by SCPC staff. Checklist prepared by Anne Yoder, May 2004. Finding aid revised by Andrew Ciampa, July 2010.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Montgomery County Citizens Concerned About Central America Collected Records (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record


Historical Background
The Montgomery County Citizens Concerned About Central America (MCCACA) began its tenure in September. 1984. Founding members of this Pennsylvania organization joined a nationwide effort to educate and mobilize citizens to challenge the United States government's foreign policy stance and actions in Central America. Durings its time of operation, the group focused more particularly on the fight against federal funding for the Contras, anti-guerilla forces in Nicaragua. The group's membership ranged from 75 to 130 during its lifetime.

The activities of the MCCCACA ranged from letter-writing and petition campaigns, community forums and educational hearings, and sponsorship of relevant speakers and films, to controversial public demonstrations and protests. The group's grassroots lobbying made extensive use of the media to influence Congress (notably Lawrence Coughlin) and local leaders. Publicized events included biannual "mock funerals" symbolizing the casualties of the ongoing conflict in Central America. In September. 1985, the group also sponsored an evening featuring the parents of Jean Donovan, one of four nuns slain in El Salvador. In Otober 1986, an important event featured Edgar Chamorro and David MacMichael; the former, a native of Nicaragua, had been a contra leader and past director of the CIA-backed Anti-Sandinista Democratic Force, while MacMichael was a former CIA analyst.

By March 1993 the group's activity had waned. Longtime leaders Sylvia Metzler, Judith Palmer and Jerilyn Bowen announced the decision to disband at that time.






Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
History; purpose
Programmatic efforts, 1984
Programmatic efforts, 1984: lists of names from canvass
Programmatic efforts, 1985
Programmatic efforts, 1985: event with Patricia and Raymond Donovan as speakers [parents of Jean Donovan]
Programmatic efforts, 1985: Citizens Hearing on Central America
Programmatic efforts, 1985: house meetings to discuss Central America – contacts, forms, etc.
Programmatic efforts, 1985: house meetings to discuss Central America – evaluations
Programmatic efforts, 1985: petitions [2 folders]
Programmatic efforts, 1985 - 1987: lobbying of Cong. Lawrence Coughlin re: aid to Contras in Nicaragua
Programmatic efforts, 1986
Programmatic efforts, 1986: event with Edgar Chamorro and David MacMichael [photographs removed]
Programmatic efforts, 1987
Programmatic efforts, 1987: sit-in protest of Bernard Survil
Programmatic efforts, 1987: relationship with Central America Organizing Project
Programmatic efforts, 1987: concert “An Evening of Contemporary Jazz with the Posmontier Brothers” [poster removed]
Programmatic efforts, 1987: volunteer sign-up sheets
Programmatic efforts, 1988
Programmatic efforts, 1988: video classroom presentation “A Nicaragua Portrait”
Programmatic efforts, 1988: address and resource lists
Programmatic efforts, 1989 [photographs removed]
Programmatic efforts, 1990 - 1991
Programmatic efforts, 1990 - 1991: correspondence and reports of Sylvia Metzler while in Nicaragua [photographs and audiocassette removed]
Programmatic efforts, undated
Programmatic efforts, undated: membership lists; phone tree
Programmatic efforts, undated: Follow-Up Committee phonathon
Programmatic efforts, undated; press and media contact lists
Programmatic efforts. undated: Central America and legislative hotline lists

 




This file was last updated on June 20, 2012.