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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Canadians and the Middle East - TONIGHT
Media Advisory - Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Canadians and the Middle East: International Solidarity & Building
Mary Foster, Mick Panesar, Maysa Jalbout, and Jaggi Singh to speak at
St. Paul University this evening
Four Ottawa and Montreal activists will be comparing notes this
evening as they discuss international solidarity with people's
struggles in the Middle East. As the Israeli clampdown in the
occupied territories continues -- even claiming the life of US
activist and ISM worker Rachel Corrie just last week -- US and
British forces continue their assault on Iraq, bringing inevitable
human suffering and death. It becomes even more important for
Canadians to understand the dynamics of the region and to build
support for self-determination and peace within our communities here,
as well as working across borders and across oceans to build
understanding and to provide concrete support for people struggling
to survive and maintain their dignity.
Mick Panesar of the Network to Oppose War and Racism (NOWAR-PAIX)
will talk about direct international solidarity as a strategy for
building social movements, based on his work in Ottawa as well as his
recent experiences in Iraq with the Iraq Peace Team.
Mary Foster of Ottawa's Coalition for Peace in Iraq (CPI) will
discuss the current work of the Iraq Peace Team. Mary also recently
travelled to Iraq with the Iraq Peace Team (IPT).
Maysa Jalbout, is on the steering committee of Women Against
Occupation, and former President of the Canadian Palestinian
Educational Exchange (CEPAL). She will talk about the effects of the
US attack on Iraq on the Palestinian situation, as well as what
Canadians can do (and have been doing) to support Palestinians in the
occupied territories and in refugee camps.
Jaggi Singh is a member of the "No One is Illegal" campaign. He will
discuss his recent experiences in Palestine with the International
Solidarity Movement (ISM), talking about the work of the ISM in
Palestine, and Palestinian solidarity organizing in Montreal.
The evening's discussion will be moderated by Ottawa peace activist Soha Kneen.
Wednesday March 26th, 7:00pm
St. Paul's University Amphitheatre, (Rm.1124)
223 Main St., Ottawa
For more information on this event contact Jo Wood at 565-5959 or
Read reports from the Iraq Peace Team at http://www.nowar-paix.ca/
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