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Iraq Policy Expert & Eyewitness to the Occupation: Rick McDowell ~ June 24

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    Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and the Friends Committee on National Legislation are pleased to present a speaking engagement with Senior Fellow for Iraq
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 20, 2005
      Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and the Friends Committee on National Legislation are pleased to present a speaking engagement with Senior Fellow for Iraq Policy, Rick McDowell.
       
      Friday, June 24, 2005
      7:00 pm
      St. Paul Catholic Center
      Higgins Hall (in the lower level of the Center)
      1413 E. 17th Street (between Fee Lane and Jordan Ave.)
      Bloomington, Indiana
       
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      EYEWITNESS TO THE U.S. OCCUPATION OF IRAQ: RICK McDOWELL
       
      For much of the past two years, Rick McDowell has lived in Iraq under the military occupation of the United States armed forces. He has witnessed days of profound sorrow, hope, and anger. He has seen inspiring grassroots efforts to rebuild an Iraq struggling to come to terms with its past and the present reality of occupation.
       
      Sharing his insights and amplifying the voices of Iraqi friends and colleagues, on Friday evening, June 24, Rick McDowell will speak about the human cost of war and the need to end the U.S. military occupation of Iraq. McDowell's presentation will take place at 7:00 pm in Higgins Hall, in the lower level of the St. Paul Catholic Center, located at 1413 E. 17th Street in Bloomington, Indiana.
       
      McDowell is a Senior Fellow for Iraq Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. He and his wife, Iraq Policy Senior Fellow, Mary Trotochaud, completed a two-year term as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Iraq Country Representatives in March 2005.
       
      They are currently focused on lobbying Congress to change U.S. policy toward Iraq and the Middle East. Rick and Mary are now traveling around the United States talking to communities about their experiences in the Middle East and their work toward peace for the people of Iraq.
       
      In the six months prior to March 2003, Rick and Mary traveled extensively in and around Iraq. In March 2003, the couple moved to Amman, Jordan, to work with the AFSC prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. They then moved to a residential neighborhood in the center of Baghdad, outside the Green Zone, in late April 2003.
       
      Their work in Iraq was primarily in support of emerging Iraqi civil society organizations, including a number of women's organizations. Rick and Mary identified and administered relief and development projects: water and sanitation projects, education projects, health care initiatives, women's shelters, and programs for handicapped individuals.
       
      The Iraq Country Representatives were based in Baghdad until the fall of 2004. They were then forced to move to Amman, Jordan, because of the deteriorating security situation.
       
      During the two-year period (March 2003-March 2005), Rick and Mary returned to the United States several times for speaking tours to raise awareness about the situation in Iraq. They have briefed Congressional staff, and officials from many national and international organizations involved in Iraq.
       
      McDowell has been involved in Middle East-related issues since 1988, including extensive time spent in the region. He has also worked with Voices In The Wilderness since its inception in 1996.
       
      Between August 1996 and December 2002, he led or accompanied 15 delegations to Iraq, including a U.S. Quaker/AFSC delegation, a Fellowship of Reconciliation delegation of Nobel Peace Laureates, and numerous ‘Voices’ delegations.
       
       
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      Rick McDowell's Bloomington presentation has been organized by Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and the Friends Committee on National Legislation and is co-sponsored by Spirit of Service, the Peace and Justice Committee of St. Paul Catholic Center; Bloomington Friends Meeting (Religious Society of Friends); and Congregations for Peace.
       
      McDowell will also speak in Indianapolis at First Friends Church, 3030 Kessler Boulevard at 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 25 and in Richmond, Indiana on Sunday, June 26 following worship services at
      West Richmond Friends Meeting.
       
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      Read the ‘Correspondents' Journal’ entries, the ‘Personal Stories’, and the ‘Relief Updates’ from Rick McDowell and Mary Trotochaud’s time and work in Iraq.
      http://www.afsc.org/iraq/stories.htm
       
      Some of Rick McDowell’s work can be viewed at:
      “The Invasion of Falluja: A Study in the Subversion of Truth”
      http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0122-09.htm
      “Humanitarian aid is a casualty in Iraq”
      http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1123/p07s02-coop.htm
      A Discussion with Rick McDowell and Mary Trotochaud
      http://www.epic-usa.org/Default.aspx?tabid=395
      “Iraq: As the People Suffer”
      http://www.geocities.com/iraqinfo/sanctions/sarticles/suffer.html
       
      See the FCNL's Iraq STEP Resolution: Sensible Transition to an Enduring Peace.
      http://www.fcnl.org/issues/item.php?item_id=1375&issue_id=35#
       
      Read the full text of California Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey’s House Concurrent Resolution 35. (To develop and implement a plan for the immediate removal of U.S. troops from Iraq)
      http://www.woolsey.house.gov/newsarticle.asp?RecordID=401
       
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      "Eyewitness to the U.S. Occupation of Iraq: Rick McDowell"
      Date: Friday, June 24, 2005
      Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
      Location: St. Paul Catholic Center
      Higgins Hall (in the lower level of the Center)
      1413 E. 17th Street (between Fee Lane and Jordan Ave.)
      Bloomington, Indiana
       

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      Timothy Baer
      Organizer, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition
      (812) 988-1917
      BPACpeace@...
      http://www.BPAC.info
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