Terry Rockefeller: Civil Society and “Arab Spring” in Iraq
Civil Society and “Arab Spring” in Iraq
Terry Rockefeller – 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 1pm First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Hastings Room • Harvard Square T
A Peace Action Lunchtime Seminar • $5 donation requested for the light lunch
Terry Rockefeller will report back on her recent trip to Iraq, where she attended the Third Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI), an international conference in Erbil. Under the theme “Another Iraq is Possible with Peace and Human Rights,” ICSSI was attended by about 150 Iraqi and 100 representatives of international civil society organizations. At the meeting participants discussed the challenges that Iraqi people are facing, the issues on which Iraqi civil society is now working, and the kinds of solidarity needed among Iraqi NGOs and international organizations to bring about democratic change, social justice, human rights, freedom, and dignity for all Iraqis.
She will particularly address:
• anger and a search for how to address pollution and the grave health affects due to war damages • Iraqis’ discussions of privatization of oil resources • Ongoing obstacles to having a free civil society • Iraqis’ thoughts on withdrawal of US troops; US peace and justice activists’ need to monitor practices of private security contractors
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A Massachusetts Peace Action delegation (left), including visiting Guardian correspondent Jonathan Steele, turned in 600 petition signatures and 150 hand-written postcards last Wednesday to Ed Birce of Sen. Kerry’s Boston office.
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