[act-ma] 11/30 Tues, 7pm, BU: Eyewitness Tehran: Citizen Diplomacy Reportback

Cole Harrison rozziecole at gmail.com
Mon Nov 29 18:40:00 PST 2010

  Eyewitness Tehran - TUESDAY!

[image: John Schuchardt]
Reportback from the Iranian Civilian Diplomacy Initiative

*When:* *Tuesday, November 30, 7pm*
*Where:* *Boston University, Photonics Center, Room 206 • 8 St Marys St,
Boston (Green Line "B", BU Central stop)*

John 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

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