“And you thought the war was over…” is the title of a Send-off and Fundraising event is planned for Peggy Gish, who plans to return to Iraq for two months to continue her work with the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in mid-July. The event will take place Sunday, June 29, from 6-7:30 pm at the basement of the United Campus Ministry, 18 N. College St., Athens.
Peggy has been working with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq since October 2002 and has worked there before, during, and since the March 2003 U.S. invasion. Throughout this time the team has worked to end the abuse of prisoners, train and work along side local Iraqi groups to promote nonviolent solutions to the violence and work for ethnic reconciliation. It also monitors the situation of villagers displaced from cross-border violence between Turkey and Iraq and Kurdish rebel groups and the fledging year-long cease fire in that conflict. Stories of her experiences are told in her recently published book, Walking Through Fire: Iraqis’ Struggle for Justice and Reconciliation (Cascade, 2013).
This send-off event will provide an opportunity to hear from Peggy about her work in Iraq and enjoy peace and social justice songs performed by the Appalachian Ohio Storytelling Project. There will be an opportunity to donate to cover the costs of Peggy’s trip. Refreshments will be served, and copies of her books will be available for purchase.
The event is sponsored by United Campus Ministry, People for Peace & Justice, and the Athens Friends Meeting. Call 593-7301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org more information UCM 18 N. College St Athens http://www.ucmathens.org