Saturday, February 7, 2009

Focus on Peace and International Justice: Reports from the World Court and Gaza

Coming on February 8th, 2009:
Reserve Judge Moria Krueger on the World Court and Peace Activist Kathy Kelly on her recent trip to Gaza

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Reserve Judge Moria Krueger joins us by phone in our first segment, with her firsthand reports from a recent trip to The Hague on the World Court. Retired Judge Moria Krueger was a Circuit Court Judge in Dane County, Wisconsin for 30 years. In the fall of 2008 she was part of a seminar for judges at The Hague in the Netherlands focusing on the International Courts located there. Judge Krueger said of the seminar, "We had unbelievable access and the ability to ask questions and have them answered by many of the major participants in these impressive institutions. One of the purposes of having judges attend this annual session is to help spread the word about the critical work these courts do."

Judge Krueger will be speaking at the next membership meeting of the United Nations Association-Dane County this Tuesday, Feb. 10th at 7:15 pm in the auditorium of the Capitol Lakes Retirement Center, 333 W. Main Street (free parking in the ramp across the street). See .

Then we're joined live in studio by Kathy Kelly, three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Kathy recently traveled to Gaza, and she will update us on the situation there. Kathy Kelly's activism and acts of conscience and civil disobedience include not having paid taxes for 25 years in protest of US foreign policy, and the act of planting corn on a nuclear missile silo, for which she received a nine month maximum security prison sentence in 1989. Since then, she has been an active opponent of both Iraqi wars, and has set up humanitarian aid stations in places like the Saudi-Iraqi border and in Lebanon. The Chicago based teacher is one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness, and the current co-coordinator of Voices For Creative Nonviolence, based out of Chicago.

Kathy will be speaking in Madison at a special reception on Sunday evening, Feb. 8th at the Dardanelles Restaurant: reception featuring tasty Mediterranean snacks and appetizers, is at 6:30pm (suggested donation $5), and the program will begin at 7:15pm. Co-sponsored by Madison Rafah Sister City Project, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Madison Pledge of Resistance, Madison Chapter of American Jews for a Just Peace, and United Nations Association-USA Dane County.

"Good Read" Book Alert: The Fix-Up

We'll also be joined briefly via phone at the top of our show by local journalist, political blogger, and author Emily Mills, telling us about "The Fix Up," her first published novel. For more info, visit her fascinating blog at The Lost Albatross. Emily will join us for a longer interview on an upcoming Forward Forum. For details on her upcoming book reading later this week, go to the Room of One's Own Bookstore Events Page. Her book may also be purchased at Room (307 W. Johnson St., phone 608-257-7888) in person or through the store's website. For this and the full range of options on ordering her book, please go to a special ordering options page on her blog.

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