Peace Lecture Oct. 23 at Willamette

Medea Benjamin, founding director of Global Exchange, an organization dedicated to building people-to-people partnerships around the world, will discuss "Terrorism and the Erosion of Human Rights at Home and Abroad" at the 13th Annual Peace Lecture, Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Cone Chapel in Waller Hall at Willamette University. Admission is free and open to the public.
In addition to the lecture, each year the event honors an individual or couple who have been active in peace and justice issues in the Salem area. This year Verne and Rosemary Cooperrider will be honored for their many years of dedication and activism.

Benjamin will also discuss "Corporate Irresponsibility" at Willamette University's Convocation Thursday, Oct. 24, at 12:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more than 20 years, Benjamin has supported human rights and the causes of social justice around the world. She has been an outspoken advocate for Afghani civilians who have lost relatives during the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan.

Benjamin was the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate from California in 2000. Her run for U.S. Senate succeeded in mobilizing Californians around issues such as living wage, schools-not-prisons, and universal healthcare. She has been a key figure in the anti-sweatshop movement, having spearheaded campaigns against the giant sports shoe company Nike and clothing companies such as the GAP.

She is author of eight books, including "Bridging the Global Gap, The Peace Corps and More," and the award-winning book "Don't Be Afraid, Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart."

Medea received a master's degree in public health from Columbia University and a master's degree in economics from the New School for Social Research. For 10 years, she worked as an economist and nutritionist in Latin America and Africa for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the Swedish International Development Agency, and the Institute for Food and Development Policy.

Tax-deductible contributions to support the work of the Annual Peace Lecture are welcome and should be made payable to Peace Plaza.