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Montgomery County Citizens Concerned About Central America Collected Records

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Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399

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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 included letter-writing and petition campaigns, community forums and educational hearings, and sponsorship of relevant speakers and films, as well as controversial public demonstrations and protests. Lobbying efforts made extensive use of the media to influence Congress (notably Lawrence Coughlin) and local leaders. Publicized events included a biannual "mock funeral," which symbolized the casualties of the ongoing conflict in Central America. In September 1985, the group sponsored an evening with the parents of Jean Donovan, one of four nuns slain in El Salvador. In October 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.

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for this collection of records.

Gift of unknown source.

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Processed by SCPC staff. Checklist prepared by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, May 2004.

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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Access: open for research without restrictions.

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Collection Inventory

History; purpose.
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Programmatic efforts, 1984.
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Programmatic efforts: Lists of names from canvas, 1984.
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Programmatic efforts, 1985.
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Programmatic efforts: Event with Patricia and Raymond Donovan as speakers [parents of Jean Donovan], 1985.
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Programmatic efforts: Citizens Hearing on Central America, 1985.
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Programmatic efforts: House meetings to discuss Central America – contacts, forms, etc., 1985.
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Programmatic efforts: House meetings to discuss Central America – evaluations, 1985.
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Programmatic efforts: Petitions, 1985.
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[2 folders]

Programmatic efforts: Lobbying of Cong. Lawrence Coughlin re: aid to Contras in Nicaragua, 1985-1987.
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Programmatic efforts, 1986.
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Programmatic efforts: Event with Edgar Chamorro and David MacMichael, 1986.
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Scope and Contents

[photographs removed]

Programmatic efforts, 1987.
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Programmatic efforts: Sit-in protest of Bernard Survil, 1987.
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Programmatic efforts: Relationship with Central America Organizing Project, 1987.
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Programmatic efforts: Concert "An Evening of Contemporary Jazz with the Posmontier Brothers", 1987.
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[poster removed]

Programmatic efforts: Volunteer sign-up sheets, 1987.
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Programmatic efforts, 1988.
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Programmatic efforts: Video classroom presentation "A Nicaragua Portrait", 1988.
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Programmatic efforts: Address and resource lists, 1988.
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Programmatic efforts, 1989.
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Scope and Contents

[photographs removed]

Programmatic efforts, 1990-1991.
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Programmatic efforts: Correspondence and reports of Sylvia Metzler while in Nicaragua, 1990-1991.
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Scope and Contents

[photographs and audiocassette removed]

Programmatic efforts, undated.
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Programmatic efforts: Membership lists; phone tree, undated.
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Programmatic efforts: Follow-Up Committee phonathon, undated.
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Programmatic efforts: Press and media contact lists, undated.
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Programmatic efforts: Central America and legislative hotline lists, undated.
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