WNC 4 Peace announces speaker change for Sept. 21 event

Announcement from WNC 4 Peace:

WNC 4 Peace, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 and Elder and Sage Community Gardens, sponsors of the Tenth Annual International Day of Peace 2019, found out today (September 19, 2019) that our Keynote Speaker Kathy Kelly will not be able to speak Saturday, September 21 at Battery Park’s Rooftop Room as promoted. She fell as she boarded Amtrak on a speaking tour in North Carolina, and seriously injured herself.

“We regret that Ms. Kelly has had to cancel her plans,” Peace Day organizer said. “We are hopeful, however, that we will have an opportunity to host her in the future when she has recovered. We, for now, only ask that she rest and work on her recovery.”

Daniel Kovalik, University of Pittsburgh law professor, human rights and labor attorney, and peace activist, who spoke about his new book, “The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe Thursday night, will speak in Kelly’s absence. He will continue his discussion of US power as the largest empire in the history of the world and how this country’s bloated military budget makes it difficult to fund environmental, domestic and almost all other other improvements here and on our planet.

He will speak at 1 PM at Battery Park Rooftop Room following a Peace Day ceremony beginning at 11 am in the Elder and Sage Community Garden at Page Avenue and Battle Square. The morning event will also feature our Peacemaker of the Year Said Abdallah and the reading of the Asheville Peace Day Proclamation read by Council Member Brian Haynes.

There will be a reception in between the two events beginning at noon at Battery Park Rooftop Room.

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