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Student group sponsors anti-war events Thursday

Sept. 29, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Scott Ritter, former United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq, will talk about his new book, "Target Iran: The Truth About the White House's Plans for Regime Change," in a free, public presentation beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.

Ritter's talk is one of several Oct. 5 activities sponsored by the WMU student chapter of World Can't Wait, as part of its parent organization's "Day of Resistance."

Day of Resistance activities are part of Peace Week at WMU and begin with a rally from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the WMU flagpoles in the center of West Campus. Dr. Ronald C. Kramer, WMU professor of sociology, is scheduled to be among the speakers at the rally, which also will include poetry reading and accoustic music.

Activities shift to the Dalton Center for Ritter's 4 p.m. presentation, after which, those attending can participate in a protest march from the WMU campus to Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo. Events planned in Bronson Park include additional speeches, poetry and performances by three local bands: Dali Rocket, Nice Try and Offbeats.

Ritter was the United Nation's top weapons inspector in Iraq until 1998, when he resigned, charging that the administration of President Bill Clinton was deliberately obstructing the weapons team's efforts. In recent years, he has been an outspoken and controversial critic of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, most particularly the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

For more information, contact Maria Dutilly, president of World Can't Wait WMU, at worldcantwaitkazoo@yahoo.com or visit worldcantwaitkazoo.com.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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