This event is meant to be an evening of remembering Iraq before, during and after the war and how the current day struggles of Iraqis, inside and outside of the country, continue whether in the form of surviving the violent attacks in the country or surviving life in foreign lands.
At this event, we will be hearing from three panelists who will share their experiences in or with Iraq, they are:
Inder Comar: American lawyer who is representing Iraqi refugee and single mother Sundus Salih Shaker in a lawsuit against key members of the Bush Administration: George W. Bush, Richard B. Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz.
In Saleh v. Bush, plaintiff Sundus Shaker Saleh alleges that the Iraq War was a premeditated war against the Iraqi people, the planning of which started in 1998. The war was not conducted in self-defense, did not have the appropriate authorization by the United Nations, and under international law constituted a “crime of aggression” — a crime first set down at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II.
Aaron Hughes: an artist, teacher, organizer, and Iraq War veteran, whose work seeks out poetics, connections, and moments of beauty, in order to in order to construct new languages and meanings out of personal and collective traumas. He uses these new languages and meanings to create projects that attempt to de-construct systems of dehumanization and oppression. He works with a variety of art, veteran, and activist organizations and projects including: Warrior Writers Project, The Dirty Canteen, The National Veterans Art Museum, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and The Center for Artistic Activism.
Zaid Faransso: Iraqi refugee currently living in Northern California. Zaid was a medical resident at Baghdad’s Medical City, where he worked there till few years after the US invasion. Zaid moved to Jordan after the worsening conditions of the medical sector for both patients and doctors who found it to be near impossible to work under continuous violence. Zaid is now working as a pharmacy technician and a medical equipment instructor in the Bay Area.
Farah Muhsin Al Mousawi (moderator): Iraqi refugee and activist living the Bay Area since 2008. Farah has worked with various non-profits in California, Chicago, and New York on issues relating to the war in Iraq and human rights. She is currently a member of Civilian-Soldier Alliance, Collective member of Courage To Resist, and an organizer with CODEPINK.
Our event is being hosted by the First Unitarian Universalist Peace and Justice Committee.
The event will be at the Martin Luther King Room at the First Unitarian Universalist Society in San Francisco (please click here for address).
Doors will be open at 6:00 pm and our program will start at 6:30 and expected to end by 8:30.
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On Mayday 2014 we will join the worldwide resurgence of Occupy. By challenging the second biggest banking industry in the U.S. Bank Of America continues to foreclose on peoples homes, hire contractors to spy on activists, and continues to fund the coal and nuclear industry that is destroying our planet and our future.
We will set up tents and or stay outside Bank Of America Corporate headquarters and protest until our demands are met.
Our list of demands will start with
Stop all foreclosures immediately
and Stop funding the nuclear and coal industry
We will also protest the Federal Reserve, the Charlotte government center and any agency or corporation oppressing the people of Charlotte. We are not having it anymore and we will come back stronger with no fear on Mayday 2014.