Swarthmore Peace Week Spring 2010

HUMAN RIGHTS TO PEACE

Theirs NOT to do and die, theirs to REASON WHY.

— Monday, April 19 —

“Healing Justice: A Journey into Shadow America”

Flim Viewing & Talk ((w/snacks!)) by Judith Trustone

@ 6:30p in Kohlberg 116

Award winning author, activist and filmmaker, Judith Trustone is the founder and director of Sagewriters, which, in addition to advocating for human rights, has published a dozen books of literary and social merit about America’s justice system. Sagewriters grew out of her creative writing classes in prisons. Her documentaries have been shown on public television and at universities nationally. Judith is leading Community Kindness Circles every month in Swarthmore, PA town hall in addition to in shelters, organizations and corporations. For those in prison or in other locations, she created the Virtual Kindness Circle where every Saturday at 4:00 pm eastern, where participants sit in quiet and visualize their interconnectedness with each other. Her film and talk will center on art, music, profiles, interviews with families and advocates as well as music by those who once were in prison and have now become successful. The talk will be followed by a short (snack) break, after which there will be a Community Kindness Circle to enable participants to ‘soothe their souls’.

— Tuesday, April 20 —

“The War in Iraq: Politics and Personal Experiences”

Talk by Raed Jarrar

@ 7:30 pm, Science Center 199

Raed Jarrar is an Iraqi political analyst and consultant to AFSC’s Iraq Program currently based in Washington, D.C. After the U.S.-led invasion, Jarrar became the country director for CIVIC Worldwide, the only door-to-door casualty survey group in post-war Iraq. He then established Emaar, (meaning “reconstruction” in Arabic), a grassroots organization that provided humanitarian and political aid to Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs). Emaar delivered medicine and food as well as helped initiate micro-enterprise projects for IDPs. Additionally, Emaar engaged in political advocacy on behalf of displaced populations. Raed Jarrar will be speaking about his personal experiences during the war in Iraq and his thoughts on the Iraqi elections.

— Wednesday, April 21 —

“A Conversation on Taxes, Peace Making & Conscientious Objection to War”

Talk by Robin Harper

@ 7:30 pm, Science Center 199

Robin Harper is a recently retired carpenter and home repair specialist. He performed civilian alternative service as a Conscientious Objector during the Korean War, has been active in the peace movement during his adult years, and was the head of maintenance on the staff of Pendle Hill for a decade. As a pioneer of the war-tax redirection movement during the 1960s, Robin Harper has twice prevailed in civil cases against the IRS in U.S. district court in Philadelphia and successfully re-directed the portion of his income tax that goes to pay for war to charitable organizations around the world. Why and how has he been successful in his tussle with the fearsome IRS? How can we resist the conscription of our tax money to pay for war? Join us to find out.

— Thursday, April 22 —

“The Iraqi Refugee Crisis in Syria”

Talk by Dr. Mazhar Rishi

@ 7:30 pm, Kohlberg Scheuer Room

Dr. Mazhar Rishi was born in Karachi, Pakistan and emigrated to the U.S. in 1984. After completing his medical education at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Rishi has served the U.S. Air Force both on active duty and active reserves. Dr. Rishi has taught both civilian and military medical students and physicians at various academic institutions. In addition, he has written several research articles and has received faculty teaching awards. He is currently on the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland and also practices pathology in Delaware Valley. Dr. Mazhar Rishi is dedicated to humanitarian work, interfaith dialogue and peace activism. He will be speaking about the Iraqi Refugee Crisis in Syria.

— Friday, April 23 —

FILM SCREENING

“Marathon Beirut: For the Love of Lebannon”

@ 7:00 pm, Sci Center 199

For more information, please visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1316065/

— Saturday, April 24 —

<<TENTATIVE: Star-lit Peace Walk>>

— Sunday, April 25 —

FILM SCREENING:

“Bringing Down a Dictator”

@ 7:00 pm, Sci Center 101

For more information, please visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0799956/

AMAZING T-SHIRTS WILL BE SOLD DURING THE WEEK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS.

PENNIES FOR PEACE BOXES WILL BE PLACED IN SHARPLES, PARRISH & MCCABE DURING THE WEEK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR BUILDING SCHOOLS FOR UNDER-PRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN AGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN.*

For more information, check out http://www.penniesforpeace.org/

Directions to Swarthmore College

Contacts: mchan1@swarthmore.edu ; ihan1@swarthmore.edu

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