In late November, Chicagoans Beatrice Lumpkin and her husband Frank, a retired steelworker leader, traveled to Venezuela. The mountains of Venezuela rise steeply out of the warm Caribbean Sea. We drink in the startling beauty of this South American country as the bus starts its steady climb up to Caracas, the nation’s capital.
The Haitian government finally released Father Gerard Jean-Juste on Nov. 29 after imprisoning him for six weeks on trumped-up charges. A judge ruled Nov. 19 that there was no evidence to support government charges against him of inciting violence and importing arms.