Whistleblower Tour Coming To Iowa

Colleen RowleyFBI Whistleblower Coleen Rowley and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern will launch their week-long barn-storming speaking tour on September 24 in Dubuque. The tour, dubbed “The Truth Shall Make You Free,” is sponsored by the three Iowa chapters of Veterans for Peace and thirty-one other organizations (listed below). The itinerary includes nine cities and seven institutions of higher learning.

Rowley, an Iowa native, is the retired FBI agent who blew the whistle after 9/11 on the FBI’s failures.  Rowley was one of three whistleblowers  selected as TIME Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” in 2002. She was also the first to receive the Sam Adams award in 2002, an award founded by McGovern which annually recognizes an intelligence professional who has taken a stand for integrity and ethics.

McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. He was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990, and in the 1980s chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President’s Daily Brief.

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Ray McGovern

Between them, Rowley and McGovern have 51 years of service in the highest levels of the FBI and CIA. Since leaving the agencies, they have worked relentlessly for peace and justice.

McGovern and Rowley seek to raise the level of Iowans’ understanding of current national security issues. In light of Iowa’s unique status as the first presidential caucus state, they will focus on tough questions that Iowans should ask of presidential candidates sweeping through the state.

The speaking tour includes stops in Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Davenport, Parnell, Iowa City, Ames and Des Moines.

McGovern Rowley Schedule.  All listed events are free and open to the public.

All events are sponsored by  Iowa Veterans For Peace

Thurs, Sept 24th. 6:00 PM Speech at University of Dubuque
MAD Paths to Mutually Assured Destruction: War & Pollution
Contact Christine Darr cdarr@dbq.edu

Friday, Sept 25th, 7:00 PM Speech at Veterans Memorial Building
50 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
The People’s Pre-Caucus Intelligence Briefing
Contact Joe Aossey,VFP #169. jaossey@yahoo.com

Sat, Sept 26th, Cedar Falls/Waterloo
10:30 AM News Talk sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa Democracy Project
University Book Store, 1009 W. 23rd St., Cedar Falls
3:00 PM Law Court Theater, Waterloo Center for the Arts
Addressing/Redressing Global & Local Violence.
Waterloo/Cedar Falls events, contact Tom Kessler tom.kessler@cfu.net

Sunday, Sept 27, Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport
2PM to 4 PM Co-sponsored by the Quad City Times
New Ideas Forum
Contact Paul Foley. 563 333-6025. Foleypaulj@sau.edu

7 PM. JPOG (Just Peace Outreach Group)
West Union Mennonite Church, 3253 305 St, Parnell

Fingerfood potluck, 6PM. Bring fingerfood to share and your own table service.
Biblical Justice: Is It an Un-American Activity
Contact Roger Farmer, 319 653-2547 or Jane Yoder-Short, wilmajane17@gmail.com

Monday, Sept 28th 7:30 PM. Englert Theatre, Iowa City
University of Iowa LECTURE Series
Intelligence, Not “Mistaken,” But “Fixed” For War

Tuesday, Sept 29th
Noon Speech at Iowa City Foreign Relations Council.
(Lunch:$10 Members; $14 non-members). “Can We Wade Out of the Big Muddy and Get Back to Some Moral High Ground?”

Both Iowa City events, contact Ed Flaherty, VFP #161. 319 621-6766. Flahertyem@aol.com

7:00 PM,  Ames Public Library, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Peace is Possible
Contact Mary Logsdon. 515 239-5633. Mlogsdon@amespubliclibrary.org

Wednesday, Sept 30th

Des Moines Lecture at Drake University(Olin Hall 101)
7:00 PM 
Contact Gil Landolt, VFP #163, 515 333-2180
Use & Abuse of US Intelligence


Organizations/allied groups associated with McGovern/Rowley Sept, 2015 Iowa Tour

Veterans for Peace Chapters #161, #163, and #169
National Office, Veterans for Peace
Dubuque Peace & Justice
Central Iowa Call to Action (Ames)
Dubuque International Day of Peace Committee
PEACE Iowa (Peace,Education, Action Center of Eastern Iowa), Iowa City
University of Dubuque
Loras College, Dubuque
Workers For Peace (Cedar Rapids)
United Nations Association, Cedar Rapids
Linn County Cattlemen’s Association
Veterans’ Association of Cedar Rapids
University of Northern Iowa Democracy Project
University Book & Supply (Cedar Falls)
Project for the Beloved Community, Inc. (Cedar Falls/Waterloo)
Peace & Justice Center of the Cedar Valley
St. Ambrose College, (Davenport)
Quad City Times
Just Peace Outreach Group
Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility
Catholic Peace Ministry (Des Moines)
Des Moines Catholic Worker
American Friends Service Committee
University of Iowa Lecture Series
University of Iowa Center for Human Rights
Iowa City Foreign Relations Council
Ames Public Library
Drake University (Des Moines)

CONTACT: Ed Flaherty (319) 621-6766 or flahertyem@aol.com or John Jadryev (319) 430-2019 or jadryevj@gmail.com

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