MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 4, 2016) — Does our increased militarization cause abuses of power both abroad and at home? Could counterterrorism be counterproductive?
In the spirit of the peaceful intentions of the original Armistice Day, two events in the Twin Cities will address these two questions, with discussion of mass surveillance, indefinite detention, immorality of war, torture and policies on drone bombings.
Prof. David Schultz will moderate a panel with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff for Gen. Colin Powell and Reverend Chris Antal, former US Army chaplain stationed in Afghanistan from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 10, 2016, in Room 100 E, Giddens Learning Center, 1536 Hewitt Ave., Hamline University, St Paul, Minn.
Reverend Antal will lead An Interfaith Service of Lamentation and Hope from 6 to 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Society, 900 Mt Curve, Minneapolis (parking at the Walker Art Center).
Col. Wilkerson will join Rev. Antal for a forum on this year’s themes from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27 will hold a Coffee with Col. Wilkerson at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 at 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis. It will be followed by a traditional Armistice Day bell ringing at 11 a.m.
Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. He is currently an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on U.S. national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled “National Security Decision Making.”
Reverend Chris Antal was chaplain with the US Army in Kandahar, Afghanistan and later in the US Army Reserve. While in Afghanistan, he delivered a sermon that said “We have sanitized killing and condoned extrajudicial assassinations…” He nearly lost his job.
This past April in an open letter to President Obama, he resigned his commission in protest over the use of drones, nuclear proliferation and our government’s claims of impunity to international law. He is minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in
Rock Tavern, New York.
Tackling Torture began these annual Armistice Day forums last year with successful events at Hamline Univ. and the University of Minnesota with guests John Kiriakou, CIA whistleblower, and Bradley Olson, instrumental in the American Psychological Association’s about-face on assisting the US Government with “enhanced interrogation.”
The events are free and open to the public and presented by the Tackling Torture Committee of Women Against Military Madness — Twin Cities chapter, and endorsed by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27.