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Eyewitness Tehran: Reportback from Iranian Civilian Diplomacy Initiative

When: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 2:00 pm
Where: Boston University • 8 St Mary's St • Photonics Center, Room 206 - BU Central stop, Green Line "B" • Boston

John SchuchardtJohn Schuchardt, co-director of the House of Peace in Ipswich, will report back on his recent fact-finding and friendship mission to Iran.  

Schuchardt was part of a 10 member peace delegation organized by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), the oldest and largest interfaith peace organization in the United States.

The delegation learned first-hand about the lives of ordinary Iranians, even as international tensions continue to rise amidst new trade prohibitions (sanctions) and increased U.S./NATO/Israeli military preparations for a possible attack.

The civilian diplomats were scheduled to visit cultural and historic centers in Tehran (the capital), Qom (the world center of Shi’a theology), Isfahan (the legendary capital of medieval Persia), and Shiraz (a jewel of classical Islamic culture).

The House of Peace, founded in 1990, has welcomed and cared for victims of war from many countries, most recently war-injured children from Iraq, who have received medical treatment at Childrens’, Shriners’, and Mass General Hospitals. John Schuchardt, an attorney and former marine officer, is an active member of Veterans for Peace and the North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice, and has been on peace missions to Viet Nam, Nicaragua, Israel, Palestine, Yugoslavia, and Iraq, and, together with his wife Carrie, offered a 9 day fast of repentance in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2005.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Iranian Civilian Diplomacy Initiative goals are: 1) connect peace constituencies in the U.S. and Iran; 2) broaden mutual understanding; 3) mobilize advocacy for peaceful, proactive alternatives to confrontational policies by both Iran and the United States.

Schuchardt said on his departure, “I am going to Iran because of the alarming recent announcement of $60 billion weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and a further $63 billion in weapons sales to the Gulf states; these are urgent warning signs of another U.S. ‘preemptive war’. Any attack upon Iran is illegal under our Constitution and would threaten escalation to nuclear catastrophe.”

Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, United for Justice with Peace, American Friends Service Commitee, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Boston Branch, Veterans for Peace/Smedley Butler Brigade, and Boston University Anti-War Coalition.  

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