SpringBoard 2010 Featuring Guest Speaker Colonel Ann Wright

Published Jimmy - Wed, 03/17/2010 - 8:57pm

The Civic Media Center's annual SpringBoard fundraiser will take place Friday evening April 9th at the Matheson Museum. This year we are excited to present as guest speaker Col. Ann Wright, a veteran of 29 years with the US Army (13 active duty, 16 reserves) as well as over 15 years in the Foreign Service, with postings in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Grenada, Somalia, and Nicaragua, among others. On March 19, 2003, Col. Wright resigned from the Foreign Service in protest against the Bush administration's policies, including the decision to go to war in Iraq without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the lack of effort in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the lack of policy on North Korea and unnecessary curtailment of civil liberties in the United States.

Since her resignation Col. Wright has become an outspoken and active advocate against war and for justice for the Palestinian people. She was working with Cindy Sheehan in Texas at Camp Casey, and was arrested outside the White House with Sheehan and others in 2005. Also that year, she and other Code Pink activists disrupted Condi Rice's testimony in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In 2007 she and others were arrested at the Nevada Test Site. That year she also had the dubious honor of having her microphone cut off while a guest on the Bill O'Reilly show on March 30. One observer noted that while O'Reilly was alternately trying to entrap her and talking over her "...the banner beneath the Colonel at the beginning read "U.S. Army (Ret.) Col. Ann Wright" changed to "Col.Ann Wright retired from State Dept. in opposition to Iraq war" and ended with "Anti-war activist Col. Ann Wright."

Most recently she has been doing solidarity work in Palestine, working directly to try and break the blockade on Gaza. Col. Anne Wright has Master's and Law Degrees from the University of Arkansas and a Master's Degree in National Security Affairs from the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. She has been featured in articles in the Washington Post magazine, Government Executive magazine, Foreign Service Journal, and Ms. magazine, and has been interviewed by radio and TV networks. She also participated in the documentary film "Uncovered: The Truth About the Iraq War.”

The evening will follow the format of past SpringBoards: lots of delicious food from area restaurants, a silent art auction, a raffle for local goods and services, a talk and Q&A with our speaker, and a chance for our community of supporters and volunteers to meet, mingle and celebrate the continued success of the Civic Media Center.

Doors will open at 6pm, Ms Wright will speak around 8pm, and the event will wind down at 10pm. The Matheson is located at 513 E. Univ. Ave., with lots of parking adjacent to the building or at the Kirby Smith Center across the street. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Advance tickets can be picked up at the CMC or prepaid for pick-up at the door. If you wish to prepay online via your PayPal account, send to "coordinators@civicmediacenter.org" and include "SpringBoard" in the subject line.

Cost: 
$15 advance, $20 at door
Where: 
Matheson Museum
When:
Fri, 04/09/2010 - 6:00pm
Where: 
Matheson Museum
Cost: 
$15 advance, $20 at door