Two U.S. peace activists plan speeches at local universities

Two U.S. activists are coming to Costa Rica to further a global movement against militarization.

One is San Francisco activist Medea Benjamin, who ran for U.S. Senate of the Green Party ticket. She is a supporter of residents of Gaza and fair trade coffee. A recent book by her is “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.”

The second visitor is Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel and State Department employee. She also opposes the use of drones.

Local sponsors include the Centro de Amigos para la Paz, the Asociación Costarricense de Derechos Humanos, Servicio Paz y Justicia, the Liga de Mujeres Pro Paz y Libertad and the School of the Americas Watch-Costa Rica.

The women will be speaking at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia Thursday at 6 p.m. and again at the Universidad de Costa Rica April 29 at 5 p.m.

The pair also are scheduled to appear at an event organized by the Committee in Solidarity with Palestine at 2 p.m. Friday at Tin Jo restaurant in downtown San José.

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