Iraq Conference Call 6/19/14, 5:00pmPST / 8:00pmEST
Iraq Conference Call with Cindy Sheehan, Farah Al Mousawi, Matt Howard & Inder Comar! 5pm PST / 8pm EST
Call Host: CODEPINK
Call Facilitator: Nancy Mancias
Note taker: ??
Speakers: Cindy Sheehan, Farah Al Mousawi, Matt Howard and Attorney Inder Comar
Phone number: (267) 507-0370
Date & Time: 6/19/14, 5:00pmPST / 8:00pmEST
Communication for conference call
1) Format of call - 30 minutes presentation by speakers. 30 minutes Q & A with discussion
2) Get on Stack
3) Step Up, Step Back
4) Mute phone
A. Introduction and background about the conference call - Nancy
B. Speaker presentation 5-7 minutes about the current situation in Iraq
C. 25-30 minutes Q & A with discussion with callers
D. Closing comments/Housekeeping
Cindy Sheehan is an American antiwar activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. She attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended antiwar protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch—a stand that drew both passionate support and angry criticism. Sheehan ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008. She is a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. Her memoir, Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism, was published in 2006.
Farah Al Mousawi was born and raised in Iraq. She has been living in the United States since 2008. Farah joined the Iraqi Student Project in 2007 and is a member of the Civilian Soldier Alliance. Last year she is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Junior award presented by the Human Rights Commission in Marin County. Farah recently graduated with a degree in Political Science from Dominican University and worked with the Private Manning Support Network as an assistant to the campaign organizer. Farah supports the CODEPINK Justice For All campaign, seeking accountability for war crimes in Iraq.
Matt Howard served in the Marine Corps from 2001 to 2006 as a helicopter mechanic and completed two tours in Iraq. His experience guarding Iraqi "friendlies" engaged in manual labor on the FOB he served on and their subsequent treatment by the military dramatically changed his views about the wars in the Middle East and American foreign policy.
Inder Comar an American lawyer who is representing Iraqi refugee and single mother Sundus Salih Shaker in a lawsuit against key members of the Bush Administration: George W. Bush, Richard B. Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz.In Saleh v. Bush, plaintiff Sundus Shaker Saleh alleges that the Iraq War was a premeditated war against the Iraqi people, the planning of which started in 1998. The war was not conducted in self-defense, did not have the appropriate authorization by the United Nations, and under international law constituted a “crime of aggression” — a crime first set down at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II.
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Phone number: (267) 507-0370 Passcode: 654321#
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