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|Col. (ret.) Ann Wright speaks on America's Pivot to Asia|
|Date||Saturday February 22|
|Time||1:00 PM - 3:30 PM|
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First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco
1187 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Col. (ret.) Ann Wright speaks on AMERICA'S PIVOT TO ASIA, DESTABILIZING THE REGION AND RECENT TRAVELS IN NORTHEAST ASIA.
Col. Wright discusses her recent trip to Northeast Asia, Jeju Island, the Article 9 “NoWar” Japanese constitution conference and eight days on the PEACE BOAT traveling to South Korea, Taiwan, Shanghai and Nanjing, China.
Ann Wright is a retired United States Army colonel and former U.S. State Department official who had spent 19 years in the military and 16 years in diplomatic service. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand people during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War, Col. Wright resigned her diplomatic position in 2003 in protest of Bush’s pending attack on Iraq, U.S. led sanctions and military action destroying the country and the lives and livelihoods of millions.
Wright was a passenger on the Challenger 1, which along with the Mavi Marmara, was part of the Gaza flotilla. She will be part of a global presence in Palestine's Gaza Strip for International Women’s Day 2014
Col. Wright has been engaged in drone resistance in Pakistan, Afghanistan,Yemen, and Gaza. In 2013, she spoke on U.S. foreign policy issues in Turkey, Egypt, Ireland, Belgium, China, Japan and Korea.
Col. Wright is just back from London where she gave an award to Chelsea Manning at the Oxford Union, Oxford University. While there, she also inaugurated a new whistleblowers' foundation called "Courage". She also met with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Sponsored by: CODEPINK and Unitarian Universalists for Peace - San Francisco
Endorsed by: 14 Friends of Palestine, AFSC San Francisco, ANSWER-Act Now to Stop War and End Racism-Coalition, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, Courage to Resist, Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC, Friends of Sabeel-Sacramento, Veterans for Peace SF, Women for Genuine Security and more.