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|From: Charles Underwood (peacecalendarvisi.com)|
|Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 18:04:31 -0700 (PDT)|
The Coalition for Palestinian Rights Web: http://coalitionforpalestinianrights.wordpress.com/ For Immediate Release Contact: Sanna Towns (h) 651-224-0833 (w) 651-632-6000 ext: 1220 sannat43 [at] yahoo.com Susanne Waldorf (c) 641-220-3147 susannewaldorf [at] yahoo.com A Silent Vigil Response to Father Dease¹s Retracted Invitation to Desmond Tutu Friday, October 12, 2007 12:00 noon 1:30 pm St. Thomas University Gate, Summit Avenue, St. Paul Doug Hennes, Vice President for university and government relations at St. Thomas, explained the retracted invite of Bishop Desmond Tutu in this way, ³He [Tutu] has been critical of Israel and Israeli policy regarding the Palestinians, so we talked with people in the Jewish community and they said they believed it would be hurtful to the Jewish community, because of things he's said." The Coalition for Palestinian Rights, a Minnesota-based coalition including many Twin Cities activists and groups want Father Dease and the St. Thomas administration to recognize what is ?hurtful¹ to the Palestinian people. We will gather in silence and wearing all black on Friday, October 12, 2007, at the gates of St. Thomas University, in response to the retracted invitation of Desmond Tutu. The Coalition for Palestinian rights is inviting St. Thomas University faculty, students, and the general public to stand in silent recognition of the many voices that have been suppressed in the Palestinian people¹s struggle for their rights the voices of 5 - 6 million Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and within Israel, the voices of the over 5 million Palestinian refugees living in the Diaspora, the voice of Professor Norman Finkelstein in his tenure bid at DePaul University, and now the voice of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Bishop Desmond Tutu, along with many others. -more- At the same time, we will carry signs to demonstrate that the voices calling for justice and peace can never be completely silenced. The signs will ask Father Dease to consider what is ?hurtful¹ to Palestinian Christians and Muslims not only what might be ?hurtful¹ to some members of the Minnesota Jewish community. Silent Vigil Details: Date: Friday, October 12, 2007 Time: 12:00 noon 1:30 pm Location: In front of the gates of the University of St. Thomas on Summit Avenue in St. Paul, MN Pease join us. Wearing black is not required, but preferred. For more information on the silent vigil or the Coalition for Palestinian Rights, please contact Sanna Towns or Susanne Waldorf.
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