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Annto speak in Keaau on Sunday, July 14th


7-9 PM at the Keaau Community Center


(located behind the Keaau Police station and Keaau Family Clinic)


Ann will speak about her recent visit to Yemen and Yemen-Victims of Drones and 56 Yemenis cleared for release from Guantanamo years ago but still held by the US and also about being at the Nobel Women’s Peace conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Ann is a well-known and outspoken citizen activist with extensive experience standing up for peace, human rights and the rights of war resisters and other veterans and government whistle-blowers.


This free presentation will be followed by Q&A and the public is invited.Sponsored by Malu ‘Aina


   More background about our speaker:    Ann Wright holds a Master’s and a law degree from the Universityof Arkansasand a master’s degree in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College.   She spent  13  years in the U.S. Army and 16  additional years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel.


In 1987, Col. Ann Wright joined the Foreign Service and served as U.S. Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone, the largest evacuation since Saigon. She was on the first State Department team to go into Afghanistan and reopen the Embassy there in December 2001. Her other overseas assignments include Mongolia, Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, Micronesia, and Nicaragua.


After her distinguished 16 years in the Foreign Service, on March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Ann Wright cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation of a Muslim, Arab, oil-rich country would be a disaster.


Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace. She fasted for a month, picketed at Guantánamo, served as a juror in impeachment hearings, and has been arrested numerous times for peaceful, nonviolent protest.  She is an activist for peace and human rights who participated in the Gaza Freedom March and the the Gaza aid flotillas of 2010, 2011 and 2012.


Ann’s home is in Honolulu. She is the co-author of the book “Dissent: Voices of Conscience”  (


Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622 Emai ja@malu-aina.org