With the threat of nuclear warning growing, now more than ever it is critical we bring to the table the voices of those directly impacted by war and organize ourselves to advocate for peaceful solutions.

Join Representative Carol Ammons and a panel of experts discussing topics ranging from historical overview of United States involvement in global conflict, current international relations between the United States and key countries, experiences of military personnel who have served on the ground during wartime, and hear the experiences of those who have been forced to relocate because of war.

The panel is the kickoff event to starting the Illinois Chapter of Women's Action for New Directions (WAND). WAND empowers women to be agents of change to reduce violence and militarism, support nuclear disarmament, and redirect excessive Pentagon spending to unmet human and environmental needs.

About our speakers:

Ji-Yeon Yuh is a History professor at Northwestern University and specializes in Asian American Studies, Comparative Race and Diaspora, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She has extensively researched military conflicts, particularly focusing on how they have impacted women. She is also active in her community; she co-founded the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, is a board member of Korea Policy Institute, and was a board president of KANWIN, a Korean American women's organization focused on ending domestic violence.

Robert Naiman is the Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy, a non-partisan organization dedicated to organizing Americans desirous of having foreign policy based in diplomacy, law, and cooperation. He is the president of the board of Truthout, a non-profit organization focused on providing independent daily news, and has worked as policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. He has masters degrees in Economics and Mathematics, and has both studied and lived in the Middle East.

Tori Riso is a tutor at Illini Tutoring. Having graduated from UIUC with a Bachelor's in Engineering, Tori is now working towards getting a Master's in Nuclear Engineering. She is an advocate of developing nuclear energy as an efficient way to decrease carbon emissions and societal reliance on fossil fuels. After graduation, she hopes to conduct research in the nuclear energy industry.

*All are welcome to attend the panel and join the Illinois Chapter of WAND.

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  • Occurred Saturday, February 10th, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

202 S. Broadway Ave.
Urbana, IL

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