We are mourning the terrible loss of our beloved friend and peacemaker, David Cartagena, whose love, mentoring, intelligence & humor changed lives, inspired, and reminded us how the most loving & exceptional person can come from the hardest of circumstances. We love you David!!!
Photo: David Cartagena and his daughter Jada at Waterfire event for the Institute. (by Rishwanth Jaypaul)
Tentative: Wake Wednesday 4-8 at Bell’s Funeral home on Broad Street Providence. Funeral this Thursday at 10am at Saint Michael the Archangel on Oxford Street, Providence (next door to our former location.)
I had the honor of meeting David through the IGL; he was at the Global Poverty and Inequality symposium last year, where he spoke beautifully on his past experiences as a gang member, and how he came to be a streetworker at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. Afterwards, he joined our breakout session, where his presence and insightful comments absolutely lit up the group. I have no doubt that such was the norm with David. He was an incredible person and an inspiring non-violence worker – and he will be dearly missed.