Oakland, CA

Ann Wright and Dahr Jamail, Oct. 18 benefit, Oakland, CA

Book release benefit to support Courage to Resist and GI resistance!

Ann Wright, US Army Colonel (ret.) and former diplomat Dahr Jamail, author and journalist

At the First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St, Oakland, California (across from the new Whole Foods near Lake Merritt).

Ann Wright spent 13 years on active duty in the US Army and the next 16 years as a foreign diplomat in countries such as Nicaragua, Somalia, Uzbekistan, and Sierra Leone. She was on the team that reopened the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in December, 2001. On the eve of the US invasion of Iraq, she resigned in protest, declaring, “I have served my country for almost thirty years in some of the most isolated and dangerous parts of the world. I want to continue to serve America. However, I do not believe in the policies of this Administration and cannot—morally and professionally–defend or implement them.” She is the author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience—Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq” (available from couragetoresist.org/orders).

Dahr Jamail is an award-winning independent and unembedded journalist. He has spent a total of nine months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country and has also reported from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. He is the author of “Beyond the Green Zone” and has now just released his new book “The Will to Resist—Soldiers who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan” (available from couragetoresist.org/orders).

This event is a benefit for Courage to Resist in support of military war resisters. Endorsed and supported by Veterans for Peace SF Bay Area Chapter, Iraq Veterans Against the War (SF Bay Area), BAY-Peace, Asian Americans for Peace and Justice, and American Friends Service Committee – San Francisco.

Free event, $5 donation suggested. Wheelchair accessible. Book signing will be held. For more information, contact 510-488-3559.