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Peace Activist to Speak at UW-Eau Claire
On Peace and the People of Iraq
 

MAILED: Feb. 7, 2003

         EAU CLAIRE  The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chapter of Amnesty International and Chippewa Valley Just Peace will sponsor a talk by Mike Miles on the people of Iraq at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.13, in the Presidents Room of UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center.
         Miles is a life-long peace activist and co-founder of the Northwoods Peace Initiative. He has been part of three delegations to Iraq with the Nobel Prize-winning organization Voices in the Wilderness, bringing medical supplies to hospitals and investigating the conditions in the country firsthand. He will speak about the effects of more than twelve years of economic sanctions on ordinary citizens and families in Iraq, and the human rights concerns raised by a potential war.
         "I consider myself a prisoner of war for the people of Iraq," Miles said, "for they have captured my heart." Miles will show video footage of daily life in Iraq, including an evening he spent with a family whose child was killed in a U.S. air strike.
         Miles also coordinates a mobile peace center that has traveled over 45,000 miles, making more than 400 stops at campuses and churches throughout the United States to promote nonviolent solutions to conflict. He lives with his family on a collective farm in northern Wisconsin that is a center for the study of nonviolence, community and sustainable living. He holds a master's degree from North Park Seminary in Chicago.
         The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Trever Hagen at hagentt@uwec.edu.
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Updated: February 7, 2003