International human rights activist Ann Wright begins a speaking tour of Maine next week to share news from her recent travels supporting struggles for justice around the globe.
Wright was released from an Israeli jail Oct. 6 following her fourth attempt to challenge the blockade of Gaza. She has been to Gaza six times participating in the 2009 Gaza Freedom March and the 2010, 2011 and 2015 Gaza Freedom Flotillas. She was aboard the Mavi Marmara in international waters when Israel’s military boarded it and killed ten passengers in 2010.
After being deported from Israel on Oct. 6, she joined water protectors at Standing Rock to oppose the North Dakota Access Pipeline.
Wright will share her perspectives on women in international struggles for peace and justice noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Curtis Public Library in Brunswick; 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Belfast Free Public Library; 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine in Bangor; and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Blue Hill Library.
She also plans to meet with the staff of Sen. Angus King while she is in Maine.
Wright, a member of Veterans for Peace, reports regularly in Common Dreams, Consortium News and Op-ed News on her participation in local struggles against militarism and for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
A retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel and a former U.S. diplomat, Wright resigned from the State Department in 2003 in opposition to the invasion of Iraq. Last year, she was on Jeju Island, South Korea, with a delegation from Veterans for Peace supporting villagers protecting their soft coral reef from military base construction.
As a professional with extensive experience in Afghanistan, Mongolia, Nicaragua and Uzbekistan and a dedicated peacemaker, Wright has a unique perspective on resolving conflicts before they become wars.