Monday, October 8, 2007
The right to dissent
TOWN HALL FORUM ON THE ROLE OF DISSENT
SPECIAL GUEST: COLONEL ANN WRIGHT
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
6 PM -- DOORS OPEN
7 PM -- PROGRAM
WEST HARTFORD TOWN HALL
3rd FLOOR AUDITOREUM
50 SOUTH MAIN STREET
Come hear why this decorated hero, a US Army Colonel in Special Ops and later, a career diplomat, resigned, Went to Congress, and then Went to jail to make her point. After more than four and a half years as an occupying and destructive force in Iraq, what role does dissent play in the lives of Americans who are fed up, frustrated, and fuming about American Foreign Policy under the Bush Administration? And, how what we do---and don’t do now---will effect Foreign Policy in the next administration.
Colonel Ann Wright served as Deputy Chief of Mission of US Embassies in Sierra Leone, Micronesia and briefly in Afghanistan. She also served in US Embassies in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, and Nicaragua. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2500 persons from the civil war in Sierra Leone, the largest evacuation since Saigon in 1974. Colonel Wright was on the first State Department team to go to Kabul, Afghanistan in December, 2001. Before entering the Foreign Service, she served in the Army and Army Reserve for 29 years, primarily in special operations units.
Colonel Wright has Masters and Law Degrees from the University of Arkansas and a Masters Degree in National Security Affairs from the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. Colonel Wright has been featured in articles in the Washington Post magazine, Government Executive magazine, Foreign Service Journal. Colonel Wright is co-author of the new book, Dissent: The Voice of Conscience
Admission is free & open to the public; tax deductible donations will be requested. Parking is behind Town Hall in lot; anyone entering before 8 PM must take a ticket to enter, however there is no charge after 8 PM.
Sponsored by: West Hartford Citizens for Peace & Justice, a charitable, non-profit 501c3 organization. Co-Sponsors Include: American Friends Service Committee; CT United for Peace; CT Coalition for Peace & Justice; Community Works of CT; Donnelly/Colt Progressive Catalog; Peace Jam Northeast; MoveOn.Org, Hartford Council; US Labor Against the War; Veterans For Peace, Chapter 42; and COW.