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Wed Apr 10, 2019, 09:20 PM

Blase Bonpane, USC football player turned priest turned peace activist, dies at 89

Source: Los Angeles Times

The Guatemalan government had accused priests and nuns associated with the Maryknoll order of planning to smuggle in arms to help rebels. Superiors ordered the missionaries back to the United States, and told them not to speak to the press about the affair.

But 38-year-old Blase Bonpane couldn’t stay silent. On Feb. 4, the Washington Post ran an essay by the Angeleno that blasted the American government for supporting “an oligarchy of 2 per cent of the Guatemalan people who possess 80 percent of the land and resultant power.”

“I am a patriot,” wrote the former Marine. “It sickens me to see my country on the wrong side in Guatemala. I think the United States is the greatest country in the world, and I don’t want to see it on a self-destruction course.”

Soon after, Maryknoll expelled Bonpane from its ranks. He returned to Los Angeles, and launched a lifetime of antiwar activism that saw him turn into a stateside Jeremiah on Central America, someone whose warnings about the blowback that American influence in the region would create resonates to the present.

Bonpane died on Monday. He was 89.


Read more: https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-blase-bonpane-dead-20190410-story.html



He was very active in Central America peace movements in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Reply Blase Bonpane, USC football player turned priest turned peace activist, dies at 89 (Original post)
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choie Apr 10 #1
catchnrelease Apr 11 #2
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Codeine Apr 12 #8
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Response to DBoon (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2019, 09:59 PM

1. He also was the host

of a show on Pacifica's station KPFK on Sundays that I often listened to called "World Focus"

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Response to choie (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 02:25 AM

2. That was it!

I was trying to remember where I heard him on the radio ages ago. Late at night I think?

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Response to catchnrelease (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 09:23 PM

4. It was called "World Focus"

and it was on Sunday at @12:00pm EST, I believe.

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Response to choie (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 12:21 PM

8. He was one of the last vestiges of decency

on Pacifica, and reflected an earlier time when the network was a national treasure rather than the embarrassing joke it has become.

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Response to DBoon (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 03:18 AM

3. Fear fearing fear

was the theme song, sung by Bonpane's son Blase Jr:



RIP Blase Bonpane

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Response to ucrdem (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 09:24 PM

5. aw - I didn't know that...

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Response to DBoon (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 11:55 AM

6. RIP

I think I heard commentaries by him that were played on Houston's Pacifica station.

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Response to DBoon (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 12:17 PM

7. I used to listen to him on Pacifica Radio

back before it became a horrid shitshow. He was inspiring and informative, and I can honestly say he is part of the reason I became who I am today.

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