Healing & Justice After a Decade of War in Iraq
Sponsored by Center for Liberal Arts and Society (CLAS)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
More than a decade after the Iraq War began, US veterans and Iraqi civilians continue to live with its legacies -- physical wounds, psychological trauma, environmental poisoning, and the displacement of thousands of people.
Join us for a conversation with US veterans and activists from the Right to Heal project as we discuss the Iraq War's legacy, the possibilities of transnational activism, and the question of what constitutes healing and justice in war's aftermath.
The Right to Heal Project, a coalition of U.S. and Iraqi activists, believes that the Iraq War is not over for veterans and civilians alike. They seek to hold the U.S. government accountable for the lasting effects of war and to promote the rights of both veterans and civilians to heal.
Sponsored by The American Studies Department, The Center for Liberal Arts and Society, New College House, and the International Studies Program
Matt Howard is Communications Director of Iraq Veterans Against the War. He served in the Marine Corps from 2001 to 2006 as a helicopter mechanic and completed two tours in Iraq.
Laura Raymond is Advocacy Program Manager for International Human Rights at the Center For Constitutional Rights. She has over fourteen years of experience organizing, writing, and advocating on social justice and human rights issues in the U.S. and internationally. Much of Laura’s work focuses on the impact of U.S. actors, corporations and government policies and practices abroad.
Ali Issa is based in New York City and is the national field organizer for War Resisters League. He earned a Master’s Degree in Arabic studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. He is a contributor to the e-zine Jadaliyya on Iraqi social movements and his father is from Baghdad, Iraq.
Drake Logan is a community organizer, activist, and member of the Civilian-Soldier Alliance and is a part of the research team that carried out an intensive testimonial collection effort at Fort Hood, TX.
Moderated by David Kieran, American Studies Department, Franklin & Marshall College
This event is open to the public.
Free; no tickets required.