Retired Army Colonel to wage peace at WWU

Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright, known for her outspoken
opposition to the Iraq War, will bring her message of
peace to William Woods University Friday.

She has been a career military woman,
a State Department
diplomat, and for the past few years, an influential spokesperson in the anti-war
movement.

Sponsored by the WWU department of legal studies, she will give her speech, “Grounding
Drones and Ending U.S. Wars of
Empire,” at 3 p.m. The event, which is free
and open to the public, will take place in the Model Courtroom on the
lower level of the Burton Business Building.
 
Wright spent 29 years in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of colonel before retiring “” then served 16 years in the Foreign Service within the U.S. State
Department before resigning in 2003 to protest the  impending U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Over the course
of her State Department
career, Wright served as deputy chief of mission
at the U.S. embassies in Afghanistan,
Sierra
Leone
, Micronesia
and Mongolia,
and also served at U.S. embassies in Uzbekistan,
Kyrgyzstan,
Grenada and Nicaragua.


She received the State Department
Award for Heroism in 1997, after
helping to evacuate several thousand people during
the civil war in Sierra Leone.

Wright’s eventual resignation was not the first
time she had spoken out against policy. In an interview,
Wright said that she spoke
out against United Nations bombing tactics waged in Somalia, in the effort to
kill rebel leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

Wright also says that she
“held her nose”
on multiple occasions, continuing her State Department
work despite her own
disagreements with the policy.

She’s traveled twice on international flotillas urging an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and is among 38 people arrested for nonviolently
blocking the entrance
at New York Air Guard’s Hancock Field in April, to urge the grounding
of drones flown from there for assassinations and bombing runs in central Asia. She also co-authored “Dissent: Voices of Conscience.”
 
For more information on Wright’s appearance at
WWU, contact the legal studies department at 573-592-4293.
                                                                       
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Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright, known for her outspoken
opposition to the Iraq War, will bring her message of
peace to William Woods University Friday.