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Citizen Diplomacy: A Forum on Yemen, Guantánamo, Drones & Spying

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jul 31 2013 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public, donations gratefully accepted.
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega Blvd & Fairfax Ave.
ample street parking

Jodie Evans reports back from a peace mission to Yemen, along with attorney Steve Rohde speaking on "Drones Abroad & Spying at Home: What's Happening to Our Democracy?" Evans traveled to Yemen in June on a peace mission with CODEPINK: Women for Peace, with Medea Benjamin (author most recently of Drone Warfare, Killing By Remote Control), Ann Wright and others. These American activists went to discover Yemen for themselves; they wanted to meet the families of Yemeni detainees at Guantánamo, many of whom have already been cleared for release after more than 10 years under lock-down. They went to meet as well the families of drone victims. Jodie Evans will share eyewitness accounts and personal stories.

Jodie Evans, Steve RohdeJodie Evans, Steve RohdeJodie Evans is co-founder and co-director of CODEPINK and has been a peace, environmental, women's rights and social justice activist for forty years. She has traveled extensively to war zones promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict. She served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and ran his presidential campaign. She has published two books, Stop the Next War Now and Twilight of Empire, and has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated "The Most Dangerous Man in America" and Howard Zinn's "The People Speak." Jodie is the board chair of Women's Media Center and sits on many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Policy Alliance, Institute of Policy Studies, Women Moving Millions and Sisterhood is Global Institute. She is the mother of three.


Steve Rohde will speak on "Drones Abroad and Spying at Home: What's Happening to Our Democracy?" With the stunning revelations in recent weeks of widespread NSA spying on Americans, Steve Rohde, a constitutional lawyer and the current head of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, will elaborate further on the use of drones and will take audience questions on what's happening to our democracy at a time when we are learning that every major phone carrier has evidently complied with government orders to turn over logs of all phone calls made to, from, and within the country over the past seven years, and that vast, comprehensive troves of information about internet activity have also been monitored by the government.

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist. He is the Chair the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, a founder and current Vice-Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Vice Chair of Bend the Arc, a Jewish Partnership for Justice and a Vice President of Death Penalty Focus. Mr. Rohde is the author of American Words of Freedom, which explores the origins, history and meaning of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. His most recent book is Freedom of Assembly, which is part of the American Rights Series. He is also co-author of Foundations of Freedom published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation and has written numerous articles and book reviews on civil liberties and constitutional history.