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Retired Army Colonel, Ann Wright, former US diplomat turned activist is visiting Oklahoma City on Friday, April 25th. Wright is promoting her new book: Dissent: Voices of Conscience: Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq. The visit is sponsored by OCCC, Barnes & Noble, Veterans for Peace and OK Code Pink.
12 noon: Oklahoma City Community College
Rm 3NO (Main Bldg, 3rd Flr) 7777 S. May Ave., OKC
1:30pm: Walk for Peace and Justice, OCCC
6pm: Book Signing With Ann Wright
Barnes & Noble, 6100 N. May Ave., OKC
Contact: Somjai Grice, 405-843-9300
7:30pm: Lecture by Ann Wright
Mayflower Congregational Church
3901 NW 63rd, OKC
On Friday, April 25, Ann Wright will be in Oklahoma City at several events as part of her national tour to promote her new book, Dissent: Voices of Conscience: Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq. She will be hosted by two student groups at Oklahoma City Community College at 12 noon, Advocates of Peace and Young Democrats, and will lead a walk for peace and justice at 1:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., she will sign copies of her book at Barnes and Noble, 61st and May, followed by a speaking engagement at Mayflower Congregational Church, 3901 NW 63rd, sponsored by Veterans for Peace and Oklahoma Code Pink.
During the run-up to war in Iraq, Army Colonel (Ret.) and diplomat Ann Wright resigned her State Department post in protest. Wright, who had spent 19 years in the military and 16 years in diplomatic service, was one among dozens of government insiders and active-duty military personnel who spoke out, resigned, leaked documents, or refused to deploy in protest of government actions they felt were illegal. In Dissent: Voices of Conscience, Ann Wright and Susan Dixon tell the stories of these men and women, who risked careers, reputations, and even freedom out of loyalty to the Constitution and the rule of law. You can read more about the book at http://www.voicesofconscience….
Ann Wright spent 13 years in the U.S. Army and 16 years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel. She is airborne-qualified. In 1987, she joined the Foreign Service and served as U.S. Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She was on the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and helped reopen the Embassy there in December 2001. On March 19, 2003 she cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation of a Muslim, Arab, oil-rich country would be a disaster. Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace.
For more information: Jeri L. Reed (405)606-959