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Remembering David Cartagena

David+daughter 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.

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lost rolls

Just developed a few rolls of film from last semester to find such hidden treasures: portraits of Jessie B., Cantwell & Laura at les Halles, alum-filled trips to Grasshopper.  & that’s just to name a few!

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