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Peace Activist Sister Anne Montgomery Speaks at Social Justice Lecture Series

Thursday, October 21, 2004  
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Jersey City -- Sister Anne Montgomery, an internationally recognized peace activist who returned from Mosul, Iraq last month, will speak at Saint Peter’s College on Monday, October 25th at noon as part of the Social Justice Program Lecture Series.


“Sister Anne will provide a first-hand perspective on the war in Iraq’s impact on everyday life for its citizens,” said Dr. Anna Brown, Saint Peter’s College political science professor and organizer of the lecture series.  “She has worked for peace and justice while placing herself in harm’s way around the globe.   Sr. Anne is an individual who has put her faith into action and we look forward to hearing her views on non-violent conflict resolution.”


Sister Montgomery’s address, entitled “Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Suffering: Daily Life in War-Torn Iraq,” will draw upon her 9 years working with the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Iraq and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.   She will also discuss CPT’s report on the treatment of Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghrahib prison and other facilities.


The 77-year-old nun, a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus religious order, also lived and worked with the Dominican Sisters in Mosul.  Sister Anne has made more than 15 trips to Iraq.   She was there during the first Gulf War in 1991 and during the period of economic sanctions against the nation. 


During her career, Sister Montgomery served as a witness to the ongoing conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians during her seven years in Hebron, as well as the tense standoff at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.


Based in East Harlem, NY, Sister Montgomery tutors students and adults for General Equivalency Diploma testing.   She has participated in numerous acts of non-violent civil disobedience across the United States, especially on behalf of nuclear disarmament.


CPT is an independent, faith-based ecumenical organization encompassing many religious beliefs.  The group aims to reduce violence in trouble spots around the world and currently has volunteers in places such as Iraq, the West Bank and Columbia.

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