Peace and Justice Works
Iraq Affinity Group
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (Office)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2008
WHEELS OF JUSTICE TOUR TO VISIT PORTLAND AREA
The bus drives across the nation and the eyewitnesses share their accounts from Iraq and Palestine to challenge and educate Americans about the repercussions of war and occupation on people abroad and Americans at home. Having seen and lived with war, terror and occupation in Iraq and Palestine, the tour's featured speakers, Mazin Qumsiyeh and Mike Miles, say that justice and human rights are the only real roadmap for peace. They will offer firsthand experience irrespective of partisan politics.
Qumsiyeh is Palestinian American and former Professor of Genetics Yale University School of Medicine. He is author of the widely acclaimed book "Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle" and appears in national media, interviews and print. Miles is a catholic worker and founder of Anathoth Community Farm, a center for the study of nonviolence, community, and sustainable living in Wisconsin. He holds a masters degree from North Park Seminary in Chicago and has been arrested numerous times while practicing active nonviolence over the past 25 year. He has spent time as a human rights observer in both Iraq and Palestine.
The mobile peace center has made over a thousand stops at campuses, peace groups, and faith communities promoting non violent solutions to war and occupation. The public is invited to attend the following free speaking events and bus open houses in our region:
Friday (Feb. 29): 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and
The Wheels of Justice bus will also be on the campuses of Clark College and Washington State University in Vancouver on Thursday (Feb. 28) and Reed College in Portland on Friday (Feb. 29). A Saturday (March 1) visit at Portland State University is also being planned. At some campuses the eyewitnesses will also be guest speakers at various classes.
Nationally the tour is supported and hosted by a number of organizations including Fellowship of Reconciliation and Jews Against the Occupation. Local endorsers include Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Friends of Sabeel - North America, and Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land - A Ministry of Central Lutheran Church.
For more information on the bus, see www.JusticeWheels.org. For local information call
Women in Black at 503-288-8958 or visit the Peace and Justice Works website at
Page posted February 13, 2008, updated February 22, 2008