Ann Wright: The Freedom Flotilla Coalition
Monday, May 7 at 7pm
Unitarian Society, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA
Wright, who resigned from the military in protest against the Iraq war, was a co-founder in 2008 of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Her presentation will focus on the upcoming flotilla against the Israeli blockage of Gaza.
“In 2018, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition will sail once more against the continued illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza, for freedom of movement and the right to a decent future for all Palestinians”
Her presentation will include news of her upcoming trip on May 15 with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition – a nonviolent, international effort to break the blockade of Gaza. Four boats will begin their 75 day voyage from Scandinavia, with a couple coming down the rivers, canals and waterways of Central Europe and the other two sailing in the Atlantic around Europe, making 8 stops in Denmark, Germany, UK, the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Spain before going into the Mediterranean where they will make another 5 port visits. All as educational events to heighten awareness of the horrific conditions in Gaza as a result of the illegal blockade, and to join the ongoing international efforts to challenge Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
Wright said, “Israel has maintained an inhumane and destructive blockade for Gaza for over a decade. The United Nations now says that Gaza will become uninhabitable by the year 2020 because of the blockade.”
Ann Wright is a retired Army Reserve colonel and a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves. She was a US diplomat for 16 years. She resigned from the US government in 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She is active in peace and social justice issues with Veterans for Peace and CODEPINK and is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience.
The local event is sponsored by the Western MA Code Pink Women for Peace and The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice