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Iraqing Iran: They Lied Last Time, They're Lying Now
City Council Members Dave Norris and Dede Smith will be present, and we will thank them and their colleagues for having passed a resolution urging reductions in military spending and opposing any attack on Iran.
7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012
Albemarle County Office Building - Fifth Street Extended
( Ridge Street becomes 5th Street SW. Continue on 5th Street and pass over I-64. Turn Left into the parking lot for COB-5th Street located at corner of Old Lynchburg Road and 5th Street.)
This past weekend, the United States and other major nations finally spoke with Iran. In the space of 10 hours (or 5 with language translation), Iran was able to do what it has attempted in the past: agree to a framework for ensuring that its nuclear program is only used for peaceful means. This prospect for peace was immediately denounced by Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, and other members of the United States Congress, who may try to block further talks as early as this week. War is the only option ever considered by many in Washington, but it is always presented to the public as a last resort. Nothing is more dangerous to such fraud than the supposedly irrational enemy rationally agreeing to peace. A Senate effort to prevent the talks that have just been held had been blocked by Senator Rand Paul. Now Congress is coming back with more deadly sanctions, ultimatums, and resolutions requiring war.
Now is the time to raise our voices in support of peace. Who better than Ann Wright to point us in the right direction?
Wright has repeatedly gone to jail for justice. She has repeatedly interrupted Congressional hearings. Wright served as one of five judges at the January 2006 sessions of the International Commission of Inquiry On Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration. She was also one of three recipients of the first annual Truthout Freedom and Democracy Awards. She testified at an Article 32 hearing on behalf of U.S. Army Lt. Ehren Watada who refused to deploy to Iraq.
She was one of 38 arrested in 2007 at the Nevada Test Site protesting U.S. development of nuclear weapons. She was one of the Hancock 38 arrested in New York State in 2011 protesting the U.S. development and use of killer drones and was arrested for protesting the deplorable conditions in which alleged whistle blower Bradley Manning was held in Virginia. She has been a leading organizer of the Gaza Freedom March and other efforts to break the blockade of Gaza. She was on the Gaza Flotilla in 2010 and was an organizer for the 2011 Gaza Flotilla and the US Boat to Gaza, the Audacity of Hope.
Wright is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience, subtitled Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq, which includes a forward by Daniel Ellsberg.
Ann will sign copies of her book.
Middle Eastern Leadership Council.