10/27: Iraq Today: Eye Witness Accounts from Sami Rasouli

Tuesday,
October 27 @ 7:00 pm @ St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 – Third Avenue South,
Minneapolis

Sami
Rasouli will be joined by his nineteen-year old son, Tarik, who recently
returned from a trip to Iraq.  Sami, an Iraqi-American with dual citizenship, who left Iraq in the late
1970s, lived in the Twin Cities area for more than 17 years.   In November
2004, nearly 30 years after leaving Iraq and following the 2003 invasion and
occupation of his country of origin, Sami returned to Iraq to help rebuild his
country.   During this time, he founded and supported the development of
the Muslim Peacemaker Teams, groups dedicated to the principles of nonviolence.
 He recently brought a delegation of thirteen Iraqis from the city of
Najaf to the city of Minneapolis as a part of the Sister City Project.

Sami
will speak about the situation on the ground in Iraq today, the U.S. pull-out
from the cities, the return of the giant oil companies, political divisions,
the upcoming elections in January, 2010, and the prospects for U.S. withdrawal
and a substantive change in U.S policy toward Iraq.  He will also speak
about the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq and the building of peaceful relationships
between the people of Iraq and the people of the United States through the
Iraqi Art Project, the Sister City Project, Water for Peace, and Letters for
Peace (www.mpt-irq.org/)

Artwork
from Iraq will be on display and will be sold to raise money for continuing
human rights efforts in Iraq. Sami will be returning to Iraq in January
to continue his work there.

Sponsored
by:  Twin Cities Peace Campaign-Focus on Iraq and Women Against Military
Madness. Co-sponsored by Anti-War Committee, Iraq Peace Action Coalition, St.
Joan of Arc/WAMM Peacemakers, Veterans for Peace (Chapter 27) and others. For more information: TCPC  at
612-522-1861 or WAMM at 612-827-5364

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