Support Desmond Tutu at Gonzaga University's 2012 Commencement ceremony.
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Support the Archbishop Tutu at Gonzaga!

Support Desmond Tutu at Gonzaga University's 2012 Commencement ceremony.

    1. Brittney  Abad
    2. Petition by

      Brittney Abad

      Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University is a community that thrives on the seeking of the betterment of humanity and supporting social justice activism on a national and international scale. Being graced with the opportunity of hearing social activist and Nobel Peace prize winner, Desmond Tutu, is both an honor and privilege. Regardless of personal views, Archbishop Tutu has done numerous good for humanity and should be welcomed into the Gonzaga community with open arms.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Thank you for your support!

      Brittney  Abad
      Petition Organizer

      We can't believe that we've reached 100 signatures! Thank you so much for supporting the speaking of Desmond Tutu at this year's commencement ceremony! The petition will be available until graduation so spread the petition to those that believe in open discussion and diversity!
      Once again, thank you for your support!
      Brittney and Amy

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Dan Stubbs SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      "When the missionaries came to Africa,

      they had the Bible and We had the land.

      they said "Let us pray."

      We closed our eyes.

      When We opened them,

      We had the Bible, and they had the land."

    • Michael Cathey SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      As a Catholic 1995 Law School Graduate I was proud to hear that Desmond Tutu was going to speak - and disappointed that there was pushback. Tutu's fight to bring down apartheid is a noble example which people from every religion should respect.

    • Nancy Feldman EVANSTON, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Desmond Tutu as one of the leaders of the Truth and Reconciliation commission in South Africa, oversaw one of the most important social acts in the 20th century. He advocated giving a voice to victims and perpetrators as a means of re-writing the history of South Africa, because of his work the truth was told and official history was re-written to include the voices of the oppressed and the perpetrators. Amnesty was earned, amnesia of wrongs was rejected, revenge was rejected, and the reconciliation process was started.

    • Donald Fraser BOISE, ID
      • about 2 years ago

      A hierarch with courage who risked his life to free his people. Gonzaga is a UNIVERSITY. As such, it welcomes all people of good will. I am ashamed that anyone would object to honoring this holy man. Even the Holy Father has welcomed him to the Vatican. Surely, the Catholic Church has enough to worry about without making herself the object of ridicule. Again.

    • Sebastian Charbonneau PORTLAND, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a 1998 alum of Gonzaga and am appalled that people would be protesting Archbishop Tutu's presence at a commencement. Of the numerous lessons I learned at Gonzaga, most influential was the idea that all people have the right to fairness and justice, no matter who they are. Archbishop Tutu embodies that spirit, the spirit of Gonzaga, that lives in the people who studied and work there. It would be an honor to have this man impart just a fraction of his knowledge and experience on the next generation of alumni.


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