Plight of Middle East Refugees—Program & Dinner Nov. 9 in Medford
Allen Hallmark / Citizens for Peace & Justice, 06.11.2012 15:56
Dear Friends of Citizens for Peace & Justice,
This is your special invitation to join CPJ and the Collateral Repair Project for a free dinner program, featuring a first-hand report on the growing refugee problems in the Middle East. Mary Madsen, co-director of the Collateral Repair Project, just back from Amman, Jordan, will discuss how the influx of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the civil war in Syria has added to the already dire conditions for Iraqi War refugees in Jordan and elsewhere in the Middle East. (continued below...)
Collateral Repair Project (click to make bigger)
The hosted dinner will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. in Lidgate Hall, Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford, OR 97504. This event is co-sponsored by CPJ, CRP, Peace House and the Ashland chapter of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF).
Bring your compassion and your checkbook and open your hearts to the stories and photos Mary will bring with her from Jordan where the Collateral Repair Project has been helping refugees from the Iraq War for the last six years. Evan Lasley of the United Nations Club of Southern Oregon University will also speak about the refugee problem.
* W E B S I T E S *
CPR stands for the COLLATERAL REPAIR PROJECT
CPJ is short for CITIZENS FOR PEACE & JUSTICE
* M A R Y * M A D S E N *
Mary has been with CPJ since its beginning. She is co-director, with Sasha Crow of the Collateral Repair Project since the beginning in 2006. Mary has made 5 trips to Jordan for CRP over the years. She is a CRP board member and is treasurer (with invaluable help from Ivend Holen). The Collateral Repair Project is a 501.c.3 non-profit and relies totally on individual donations.
Mary is a life-long activist but "the invasion of Iraq became a catalyst for me to jump in with both feet and get much more actively involved, particularly in advocating for the innocent victims of that fiasco."
Mary has a BA from SF State College in Social Work, and MA from Sacramento State in English (Creative Writing). She spent 2 years as a volunteer with American Friends Service Committee in India where she worked with a small neighborhood center for Muslim Women and Children in an impoverished area of Mangalore, India.