Teach-in on Iraq in DC this Sunday

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Along with our colleagues Code Pink, the Institute for Policy Studies and other stalwart peace and justice groups, Peace Action is sponsoring a teach-in on Iraq this Sunday, August 29. Here is the “411” as they say, and a good article from Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin on Op-Ed News:

Iraq: The Legacy of the 7-Year U.S. Occupation

When: Sunday, August 29th 2010

Time: 5pm-9pm


Busboys and Poets

5th and K NW, Washington, DC


Is the U.S. military really leaving Iraq or just rebranding? What is the toll of seven years of occupation on Iraqis, U.S. soldiers and our economies? What is the status of Iraqi refugees around the world?  Is it still possible to hold accountable those who dragged us into the war or committed crimes such as torture? What role did Congress and the media play in facilitating the invasion/occupation? We’ll also look at the role of the peace movement–its strengths and weaknesses–and draw key lessons to make our work for peace, including in Afghanistan, more effective.

Speakers/fperformances include:

Kymone Tecumseh Freeman, playwright, performer, reading Letters from Iraq

Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies

Raed Jarrar, Peace Action

BIll Fletcher, labor leader, scholar

Josh Stieber, Iraq Veterans Against the War

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK and Global Exchange

Andy Shallal, Iraqi artist, owner Busboys and Poets

David Swanson, author

Cynthia Benjamin, Military Families Speak Out

Sponsored by: CODEPINK, Peace Action, Institute for Policy Studies, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Global Exchange, Just Foreign Policy, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, ANSWER, World Can’t Wait, Voices for Creative Nonviolence and War is a Crime.

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