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Iraq: Untold Stories--Public forum Mar. 27

Iraq: Untold Stories Scheduled for Monday, March 27, Siegel Center, VCU, 7 p.m.

The Richmond Peace Education Center (RPEC) will sponsor a public forum on the impact of the U.S. war in Iraq on human rights and democracy on the evening of Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m.. “Iraq: Untold Stories,? will be held in the Founders’ Room on the 2nd floor of the Siegel Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1200 W. Broad Street. The program is free and open to the public.

“Iraq: Untold Stories? will bring real-life stories about the invasion and occupation of Iraq to the public. It will center on first-hand accounts of soldiers, parents of soldiers, witnesses for peace, and others who have participated in or been affected by the war.

Speakers on the panel include: Dr. Hamid al-Abdulla, an Iraqi member of the Richmond community, who was most recently in Iraq in 2005. Charlie Anderson, Iraq Veterans Against the War. Anderson served in the U.S. Navy from 1996-2005 and entered Iraq on March 20th, 2003 in the first wave of the war. Pat Ruble, who volunteered in Iraq in 2004 as part of a Christian Peacemaker Team delegation. Tia Steele, the mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, and a member of Gold Star Families Speak Out. The event will be moderated by Dr. Melissa Labonte, professor of political science at the University of Richmond

“We’re aiming for a ‘town hall’ atmosphere,? says RPEC director Adria Scharf . “Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss the issues with the speakers.?

RPEC is currently planning a second public forum on torture, to be held this fall. That program will focus on themes including: evidence of U.S. forces’ use of torture and abuse in executing the “war on terror?; discussion of the new law outlawing torture; and the impact of torture and abuse on soldiers and survivors and on the United States' relationship with the world.

For more information, contact the Richmond Peace Education Center, 400 W. 32nd St., Richmond VA 23225. Phone: 232-1002 email: rpec@rpec.org


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