Col Ann Wright Public Meeting

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Col Ann Wright will be visiting Belfast this week. Ann is an internationally renowned Peace Activist since her resignation in protest at the US invasion of Iraq. During her visit to Belfast, Irish Friends of Palestine will be facilitating meetings with Ann to address MLA’s in Stormont and on Monday evening she will be speaking at a public meeting at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich (upstairs) at 216 Falls Road, Belfast at 6:30PM everyone welcome! Subjects discussed will be the new joint Palestinian initiative called the Gaza Ark, US Foreign Policy, NATO, and the use of military Drones. During her stay in Belfast she will also be addressing a conference of International Women Nobel Laureates

BACKGROUND NOTES ON ANN WRIGHT

Ann Wright is former United States Army colonel and former U.S. State Department official. Known for her resignation and outspoken opposition to the Iraq War, and the non-closure of Guantanamo, the use of Military Drones and her support for Palestine and lifting the siege on Gaza.

US MILITARY SERVICE , HER RESIGNATION, AND BEYOND:

During her Military Career as an Army colonel she received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997 after helping to evacuate several thousand people during the civil war in Sierra Leone. She is most famous for being one of three US State Department officials to publicly resign from the Bush Administation in direct protest of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Wright submitted her resignation letter to then U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on March 19, 2003, the day before the onset of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Her letter was published on the internet the following day. In her resignation letter, Wright listed four reasons she could no longer work for the U.S. government under the Bush administration:

• The decision to invade Iraq without the blessing of the U.N. Security Council
• The “lack of effort” in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
• The “lack of policy” in regard to North Korea
• The curtailment of civil liberties within the United States.

Over the course of her State Department career, Wright served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia, and also served at U.S. embassies in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, and Nicaragua.

NATO, US Foreign Policy and Military Drones. Ann is an outspoken worldwide activist against the use of drones . She has travelled the world speaking out against US and NATO foreign policy, the non-closure of Guantanamo, the use of torture, and the deadly use of US and NATO Military drones which are killing hundreds of civilians. At a recent meeting in Dublin she said “I would urge the citizens of Ireland to really push back on this attempt to get Ireland as a part of the Nato forces. We have seen what has happened in Afghanistan and the numbers of Afghans that have been killed in by military operations,”

PALESTINE, FREEDOM FLOTILLA, GAZA ARK PROJECT:

Wright was also a member of US boat to Gaza and a passenger on the Challenger 1 which along with the Mavi Marmara, was part of the Gaza Freedom flotilla that was attacked by Israel ending with 9 passengers dead. She has given testimony on the attack in Turkey. She is a board member of the Free Gaza Movement and is currently involved in the new exciting reverse flotilla sailing out from Gaza, called the “Gaza Ark” which is a joint Palestinian initiative.

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