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Medea Benjamin (Global Exchange) upcoming speaking events

Medea Benjamin Speaking Events
Tue
Oct. 22
7 pm Portland State University
SMC Ballroom
Portland, OR

For more information: Lew Church,  lc@pdx.edu, 503-725-7798, Progressive
Student Union

Madea will speak about *Women in Afghanistan *Bridging Sorrow: Vicitms
to Vicitms Delegation *Rebuilding Afghanistan


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Wed
Oct. 23
12 pm Portland State University
4th Avenue Building, Auditorium A
1900 S.W. 4th (3 blocks east of PSU off Montgomery)
Portland, OR

For more information: Lew Church,  lc@pcx.edu, 503-725-7798, Progressive
Student Union

A panel of 10 national and local speakers will address U.S. and Oregon
public policy about * Bush's Iraq War II * Afghanistan * unemplyoment
and hunger * joint terrorism task force * targeting tree sits * global
sustainabil
ity and globalization Medea Benjamin's No-lunch Lunch
participants will order lunch from menus borrowed from restaurants and
order food you won't eat, donating the cost of the meal(or as much as
you wish or can afford) to: "Progressive Student Union," the primary
sponsor of Medea'


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Wed
Oct. 23
7:30 pm Willamette University
Salem, OR

For more information: Fariborz Pakseresht,  fpakseresht@yahoo.com,
503-589-1195, Salem Annual Peace Lecture

10/23/2002 "Salem Annual Peace Lecture" Medea will be doing an evening
lecture on: "Terrorism and the erosion of human rights at home and abroad"


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Thu
Oct. 24 Willamette University
Salem, OR

For more information: Fariborz Pakseresht,  fpakseresht@yahoo.com,
503-589-1195

AM Convocation with students on the topic of "Corporate Irresponsibility"


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Thu
Oct. 24 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

For more information: Maryann Francis or Hope Marson,
 mafrancis@svdp.lanecounty.org or  hmarston@epud.n, 541-687-5820 x151 or
541-484-0432
Pic of Medea 15.Oct.2002 13:29

B.P.

Pic of Medea
Pic of Medea

Rebuilding Afghanistan 15.Oct.2002 13:35

B.P.

Medea Benjamin

Rebuilding Afghanistan

Medea Benjamin is Founding Director of Global Exchange. For over twenty years, Medea has supported human rights and social justice struggles around the world.

Medea recently accompanied four Americans who lost loved ones in the September 11th terrorist attacks on a trip to Afghanistan to meet people there who lost relatives during the US bombing of Afghanistan. Their extraordinary journey has received such International attention that the US Government is being pressured to discuss civilian casualties and to create a compensation fund for Afghan victims. In November of 2001, Medea led a women's delegation to Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to investigate the humanitarian situation there among the refugee population, to assess the consequences of US bombing, and to talk to women's groups about what role they would like to play in a transition government. Medea is currently galvanizing grassroots support to promote rebuilding the region.

For much of 2001, Medea focused on California's energy crisis, fighting the market manipulation by the big energy companies and rate hikes that cause hardship for low-income ratepayers and small businesses. She headed a powerful coalition of consumer, environmental, union and business leaders working for clean and affordable power under public control.

Medea was the Green Party candidate for US Senate from California in 2000. Her run for U.S. Senate succeeded in mobilizing thousands of Californians around platform issues such as living wage, schools-not-prisons, and universal healthcare.

Medea's previous work has focused on improving the labor and environmental practices of US multinational corporations, and the policies of international institutions such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. During the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle in December 1999, Medea's organization, Global Exchange, helped fix world attention on the need to place labor and environmental concerns over corporate profits.

While critical of unfair global trade policies, Medea has promoted "fair trade" alternatives that are beneficial to both producer and consumer. She helped form a national network of retailer and wholesalers in support of fair trade and was instrumental in pressuring coffee retailers such as Starbucks to start carrying fair trade coffee.

Medea is a key figure in the anti-sweatshop movement, having spearheaded campaigns against the giant sports shoe company Nike and clothing companies such as the GAP. In 1999 Medea helped expose the problem of indentured servitude among garment workers in the US territory of Saipan (the Marianas Islands), which led to a billion-dollar lawsuit against 17 US retailers.

After several fact-finding visits to China, Medea co-sponsored with the International Labor Rights Fund an initiative to improve the labor and environmental practices of US multinationals in China. The ensuring Human Rights Principles for US Businesses in China have been endorsed by major companies such as Cisco, Intel, Reebok, Levi Strauss and Mattel.

In 1999, San Francisco Magazine named Medea to their "Power List" as one of the "60 Players Who Rule the Bay Area." She serves on the board or advisory council of numerous organizations, including the United National Development Program, the Interhemispheric Resource Center, the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness and Green Empowerment.

Medea helped build US support for the movement to oust General Suharto in Indonesia and for the right of self-determination for the people of East Timor. She supported the Peace Process between the Zapatista rebels and the Mexican government, fought to lift the embargoes against Cuba and Iraq, and was active in cutting US military aid to repressive regimes in Central America. She has been an election observer and led fact-finding delegations to dozens of countries.

She is author of eight books, including "Bridging the Global Gap, The Peace Corps and More," and the award-winning book "Don't Be Afraid, Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart." She helped produce various TV documentaries such as the anti-sweatshop video Sweating for a T-Shirt.

Medea received a Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Economics from the New School for Social Research. She worked for ten years as an economist and nutritionist in Latin America and Africa for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the Swedish International Development Agency, and the Institute for Food and Development Policy.

Great! 15.Oct.2002 17:19

Anti-Fa

Snore!

Scuse me if I abstain from listening to the left's foremost peace-cop.

Lineup 18.Oct.2002 10:19

B.P.

--Medea Benjamin, anti-war organizing & globalization
--Ebrahim Wahab, Afghanistan, Ghazni Education Programme
--John Gueschow, War Resisters League, Portland focus
--Mohamed Hassan, Education Without Borders, Somalia
--Lew Church, PSU Progressive Student Union, organizing
--Kayse Jama, Somalia, economic development before resource extraction
--Barbara Dudley, former national director of Greenpeace
--Tom Hastings, PCRP, on militarism
--Mark DesMaret, NW Rage, on genetic engineering
--Jamari Wahab, Women in Afghanistan
--Xander Paterson, Physicians for Social Responsibility

More Info 18.Oct.2002 10:29

B.P.

MEDEA BENJAMIN SPEAKS AT PSU TUESDAY NIGHT, OCT. 22, 7 P.M., SMITH CENTER
BALLROOM. Topic: "Iraq, Afghanistan, Corporations & the Need for a Regime
Change in Washington, D.C." Free and open to the public. Followed by Q&A.
Donations accepted. Medea just got back from Iraq and Afghanistan, and was
arrested in D.C. for allegedly disrupting a pro-Iraq War speech by Donald
Rumseld. Seats up to 650 people, so we need as many folks to come as possible!

MEDEA BENJAMIN'S NO-LUNCH LUNCH, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23, 12 noon, 4th Avenue Bldg.,
2nd floor, Conference Room A, 1900 SW 4th, 2 blocks towards the river from
Portland State. First part will be in news conference format, followed by
volunteer waiters distributing borrowed restaurant menus, attendees ordering
food they won't eat, and donating the amount (or more) of their "no-lunch".
Benefits PSU Progressive Student Union (checks should be made out to PSU
Progressive Student Union), Global Exchange, Ghazni Education Programme, and
Oxfam. After volunteer waiters have a chance to start taking "orders" and
collecting donations, the speaker panel will resume. We have the room from for
2 hours, and the format will become something of a town meeting/community
forum, emphasizing human needs before military profits/globalization.

Speaker line-up for the NO-LUNCH LUNCH:

--Medea Benjamin, anti-war organizing & globalization
--Ebrahim Wahab, Afghanistan, Ghazni Education Programme
--John Gueschow, War Resisters League, Portland focus
--Mohamed Hassan, Education Without Borders, Somalia
--Lew Church, PSU Progressive Student Union, organizing

[Volunteer waiters here provide menus, give bills, collect donations--10 mins.]

--Kayse Jama, Somalia, economic development before resource extraction
--Barbara Dudley, former national director of Greenpeace
--Tom Hastings, PCRP, on militarism
--Mark DesMaret, NW Rage, on genetic engineering
--Jamari Wahab, Women in Afghanistan
--Xander Paterson, Physicians for Social Responsibility

There is still room for a few additional speakers as part of our community
forum on funding human needs, not first strikes against other countries.

She's my favorite... 18.Oct.2002 14:52

andy the anxious anarchist

She's my favorite liberal, she really is. Sure hope people are asking her hard questions, though. Imagine if someone with so many skills, so much energy, so much effectiveness, worked in ways that weren't so reformist, "clean-up-after-their-messes" and ultimately statist. Admit it folks, anti-statists are way more enjoyable to hang out with, doesn't that alone make you suspect the politics of those with statist advocacy? When you hear Medea speak, ask her to jettison the "Ralph-Nader-Reclaim the Flag-Peace is Patriotic" crapola. Her validating that approach just makes it harder for those of us who want to work for a radically, structurally different world.

Maybe these thoughts are outside the experiences of any liberals who will read them, and are thus totally unintelligible, but my fellow anarchists out there know what I'm talking about.

thanks, andy 18.Oct.2002 16:29

tommy hilfiger

thanks, andy. divisiveness is always welcome within the movement! let's fight each other instead of those we all oppose. great fucking idea!

Liberals whining about Divisiveness. 18.Oct.2002 20:06

Medea Benjamin's conscience

Whenever Liberals start whining about 'diviseness' you know they are starting to get worried about their "leadership" being challenged. Who the hell is "we" anyway? Medea Benjamin doesn't represent anybody but herself.

Medea Benjamin can go do her "Peace is patriotic" dance
and kiss some mainstream ass, but I doubt if it will accomplish much in terms of ending war. But she can always beg for more donations to her organization, Global Exchange.

Medea = Silly 18.Oct.2002 23:08

Anti-Fa

Medea Benjamin brought all of this criticism on herself, and not because she is a succesful activist. Her stands during Seattle and immediately following Seattle tarnished her permamently amongst most anarchists and others who don't want to do the same boring "protest then get yr ass kicked" dance with the police state. Attempting to disown radical activists ("they aren't welcome", "they don't represent the true spirit" etc.), and then encouraging groups to distance themselves from radicals while many of these folks were still in jail and needed community support to get out, is but the tip of the iceberg.... I agree, anarchists should go and ask her some really, really tough questions.....