THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 7:00 P.M. AT THE SIU SCHOOL OF LAW AUDITORIUM
Local organizer and activist Margie Parker led the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/FOR for more than 20 years. After her death, the Peace Coalition initiated a Teach-in for Peace in her memory which this year will host Medea Benjamin, whose latest book, Kingdom of the Unjust, Behind the US-Saudi Connection, explores this issue of national significance.
Medea is one of America’s best-known 21st-century activists. Co-founder of CODEPINK and the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange, in 2012 she was awarded the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation’s Peace Prize; she received the 2014 Gandhi Peace Award and the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation. She is mother of two children and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
The co-founder of CODEPINK has become famous for fearlessly tackling head-on subjects most of us studiously avoid. Sometimes she does so in person—as during President Obama’s speech at the National Defense University, or during a reception for drone manufacturers and members of Congress, or in Cairo, where she was assaulted by police. With her latest book, she’s researching the sinister nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. What is the origin of this strange alliance between two countries that seemingly have very little in common? Why does it persist, and what are its consequences?
With extremism spreading across the globe, a reduced U.S. need for Saudi oil, and a thawing of U.S. relations with Iran, the time is right for a re-evaluation of our close ties with the Saudi regime. More information about this effort can be found at www.codepink.org.
The program will be held Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 PM in the SIU School of Law Auditorium, Corner of Oakland and Douglas Dr., Carbondale. The speech will be followed by a reception and book signing in the Formal Lounge. The event is free and open to the public, for more information contact Georgeann Hartzog, 618.521.4239 or M.J. Smerken, 618.534.5403.
Co-sponsors of the Teach-In include the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/Fellowship of Reconciliation, Nonviolent Carbondale, Carbondale Public Library, SIU School of Law, Social Action Committee of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, the Shawnee Green Party, Covenants Committee of the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, Southern Illinois Quaker Meeting, and Gaia House.