CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Peace activist to speak about UN sanctions against Iraq
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jim Douglass, an activist for peace and nonviolence who
has won national and international peace awards, will address the topic "UN
Sanctions Against Iraq: Should They Be Lifted?" at an Iowa City Foreign
Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 10. The program begins
at noon at Fellowship Hall in the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St.
Dec. 10 has been designated by the United Nations as Human Rights Day.
Douglass will argue that the economic sanctions are not punishing Saddam
Hussein as intended, but rather are leading to inhumane living conditions
for the impoverished Iraqi citizens.
Douglass, along with his wife, Shelley, was selected to receive the 1997
Pacem in Terris Award from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport. Previous
recipients of that award have included Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, and the
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Douglasses have also received the Martin
Luther King Award from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Paul Beason Peace
Award from the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Pope
Paul VI Teacher of Peace Award from Pax Chirsti USA.
Reservations are $6.50 for ICFRC members and $8 for non-members and guests
and must be received in the ICFRC office, 120 International Center, by Monday,
Dec. 8. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and
mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For
more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351.
They are unable to take reservations by telephone but last minute adjustments
may be made.
For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Thursday,
Dec. 11, following the noon news.
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community
and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy,
world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group
provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year
who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.
ICFRC is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of
offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and
services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International
Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community
and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.