March 24 Activist Series SCOTT RITTER, Iraqi Women's Peace Delegation
Sponsored by Social Justice Committee of Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists-- Former Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector SCOTT RITTER speaks with Faiza Al-Araji, an Iraqi civil engineer, blogger, religious Shia with a Sunni husband, and mother of three, whose family fled to Jordan after one of her sons was held political prisoner by the Ministry of Interior, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24. Al-Araji is one of 7 Iraqi women visiting the U.S. to educate Americans about Iraq and meet with UN and US officials to call for a peace plan to end the escalating spiral of violence. The delegation of secular and religious Shia, Sunni and Kurdish women is promoting a Women's Call for Peace, signed by over 50,000 women from around the world. ALSO SPEAKIN- MEDEA BENJAMIN & Retired Senior CIA Analyst RAY McGOVERN
SCOTT RITTER was the UN's top weapons inspector in Iraq between 1991 and 1998. Â Before working for the UN he served as an officer in the US Marines and as a ballistic missile adviser to General Schwarzkopf in the first Gulf war. Â He wrote the introduction to Neo-CONNED! Again, and will be signing copies immediately following the event.
RAY McGOVERN served as a captain in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964 before working as a CIA analyst for 27 years. From 1981 to 1985 he conducted daily briefings for Ronald Reagan's vice president, George Bush, the father of our current president. Â Ray is a member of the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. Â He wrote a chapter in Neo-CONNED! Again, and will be signing copies immediately following the event.
Co-sponsors: Code Pink, Global Exchange. U.S. Tour of Duty,KPFA, Faith Voices for the Common Good, and Light in the Darkness Publications
MEDEA BENJAMIN is the co-founder of Global Exchange and Code Pink. Â She is Â powerful and charismatic human rights activist who has struggled for social justice for over 20 years. Â Ever since the tragic events of 9/11, Medea has been organizing against a violent response. Â In October 2002, she made national news for interrupting Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as he pitched his plans for war against Iraq to Congress. Â After the invasion, she traveled several times to Iraq to organize Occupation Watch International Center in Baghdad. Â At the start of 2005, Medea accompanied a delegation of U.S. military families to the Iraqi/Jordanian border to bring a shipment of humanitarian aid for people in Falluja and those most in need.
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