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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Teach-in on Capitol Hill--What Congress must do to end U.S. wars and help secure a peaceful Middle East

The Humanist magazine is a sponsor of this event, which is being held this Thursday, April 29, in Washington, DC.

 

DESCRIPTION: Educational briefing on the US agenda in the Middle East, its consequences and development of a strategy/plan to withdraw. Emphasis will be on constructive, interactive dialogue among panelists and attendees.
MODERATOR: Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D - Ohio)
PANELISTS: Chris Hedges, Jeremy Scahill, David Swanson, Ann Wright
DATE: Thursday, April 29, 2010
TIME: 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM
PLACE: Gold Room (2168), Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Ave and C Street SW, Washington, DC
REFRESHMENTS: Beverages
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public, the media, members of Congress and staff

Chris Hedges is a senior fellow at the Nation Institute. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, the Dallas Morning News and the New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University. He left the Times after being issued a formal reprimand for denouncing the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq. He has written nine books, including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.

Jeremy Scahill is the author of the international best-seller Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He is a frequent contributor to the Nation magazine and a correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now! He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute. Scahill has won numerous awards for his reporting, including the prestigious George Polk Award, which he won twice. While a correspondent for Democracy Now!, Scahill reported extensively from Iraq through both the Clinton and Bush administrations. He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS's The NewsHour and Bill Moyers Journal, and is a frequent guest on other radio and TV programs nationwide.

David Swanson is the author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union. He holds a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Swanson is Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org; creator of ProsecuteBushCheney.org and Washington Director of Democrats.com; a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, the Backbone Campaign, Voters for Peace and the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution; and chair of the Robert Jackson Steering Committee. AfterDowningStreet was named Most Valuable Progressive by the Nation magazine in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Ann Wright spent thirteen years in the US Army and 16 additional years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel. In 1987, she joined the Foreign Service and served as US Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She received the State Department's Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone, the largest evacuation since Saigon. She was on the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and helped reopen the Embassy there in December 2001. On March 19, 2003, the eve of the US invasion of Iraq, Wright cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation of a Muslim, Arab, oil-rich country would be a disaster. She is a member of Veterans for Peace and is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience.

SPONSORS: EndUSWars.org, AfterDowningStreet.org, Code Pink: Women for Peace, Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, the Nation, Gray Panthers of Metro Washington, Washington Peace Center, United for Peace and Justice, Office & Professional Employees International Union Local 2, U.S. Labor Against the War, Civilian Soldier Alliance, the Humanist magazine
CONTACT: Herb Hoffman, 207-646-5431 or pala@maine.rr.com
Call your Representative at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to attend.

 

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