Guest, Pat Chaffee

Guest Name: 
Pat Chaffee
Sister Patricia Chaffee, O.P., International Peace Activist, Justice Advocate and Humanitarian
Guest Occupation: 
International Peace Activist, Justice Advocate, Humanitarian
Guest Biography: 

Pat Chaffee is a Dominican Sister. She has been active in human rights advocacy for thirty years. She visited the West Bank in 2006 and Gaza in 2009. In 2010 she participated in the aborted Gaza Freedom March, marooned in Cairo.  Her motive for joining the flotilla is to tell the people of Gaza that she is opposed to her country's oppression. She is committed to nonviolence, under any circumstances.

27 Years of International Activism

Sister Pat Chaffee is an international activist, living the Racine Dominicans mission “committed to truth, compelled to justice,” in each of her ventures.  Her work has taken her thousands of miles from her comfort zone into life-threatening situations and has earned her a reputation as a justice advocate.  S. Pat is an advocate of God, evident in her missions, her community’s unwavering support, and her commitment to human rights — the basic dignities to which all of God’s children have a right.

Her portfolio is comprised of impressive 27-years of activism, starting in Nicaragua in 1984.  Her most recent mission was intended to be sailing with the Second Freedom Flotilla to Gaza.  All participants in this human rights mission however, were prevented from leaving Athens, Greece, their planned city of departure.  S. Pat had first become familiar with the Palestinian situation in 2007 when she took the first of three trips to the region as a member of a Christian peace-making team.  She met and spoke with Palestinians and experienced first-hand “what it meant to be occupied.”