Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Join us for an evening conversation between Yanar Mohammed President and Co-Founder of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), and Maggie Martin, Director of Organizing with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). These two organizations will have worked to jointly launch an initiative calling for reparations for the Iraqi people as well as veterans' Right to Heal on March 19th, 10 years to the day from the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. After an introduction by Pam Spees, Senior Staff Attorney at Center for Constitutional Rights, the evening will explore conditions and organizing in Iraq presently, veteran-led organizing looking forward, and relevance to local struggles to combat militarized policing and racism.
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What: Panel Discussion on Iraq Now: Reparations, the Right to Heal and the Question of International Solidarity
When: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Brecht Forum 451 West Street
Yanar Mohammed is president and co-founder of OWFI. She graduated from Baghdad University in 1984 and received a Master’s degree in Architecture in 1993. The Baghdad-based OWFI formed in 2003 and since its founding has put out the newspaper called Al Mousawat- of which Yanar Mohammed is the chief editor. Some additional projects of OWFI include a radio station also called Al Mousawat, the prevention of the trafficking of Iraqi women, and building a call for reparations from the US government to the Iraqi people.
Maggie Martin is an Iraq veteran and the Director of Organizing at IVAW. She has an MA in Social justice from Marygrove College. Maggie deployed to Iraq in 2003 and in 2005 before leaving the military in 2006 and joining IVAW. Maggie works on campaigns and chapter development in IVAW and with our partner organizations, she participated in the Marches on the 2008 DNC and RNC as well as the 2012 NATO medal return. She provides training and leadership development to our members and creates opportunities for new leaders in this work.
Event co-sponsors: Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Center for Constitutional Rights, War Resisters League and Havaar:Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions and State Repression.