Wednesday, May 06, 2009

British Parliamentarian Speaking at University of New Orleans

New Orleans Palestine Solidarity and the General Union of Palestinian Students - UNO Present:

The historic first New Orleans appearance by British Member of Parliament
GEORGE GALLOWAY


Featuring an introduction by New Orleans community leader Norris Henderson (founder of VOTE: Voice Of The Ex-offender and former director of Safe Streets Strong Communities) and a performance of Debke (traditional Palestinian dance). Refreshments will also be served.

Tuesday, May 19, 7:00pm
University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center
Recital Hall, Room 109

This event takes place on Malcolm X's birthday, and is dedicated to his memory.

Please see the bio and video clips below to learn more about this historic event. More information, including video and more, is also online at http://nolaps.blogspot.com and http://www.georgegalloway.com.

George Galloway in debate with TV journalist:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=249JaIaubVw

George Galloway testimony on Iraq in US Senate:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrdFFCnYtbk

George Galloway at Anti-War Demonstration:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFzPm2GWtLA


A brief biography of George Galloway:

George Galloway is the Respect Member of Parliament for the London constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow. He was first elected to Parliament for the City of Glasgow in Scotland in 1987. He has been elected five times to the House of Commons and is now one of the more senior members. For fourteen out of fifteen years he was the elected Senior Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party's Foreign Affairs Committee.

George Galloway was born in the Scottish city Dundee. He left school at sixteen to become a factory worker with Michelin Tires, where he joined the Transport and General Workers Union and remains a member to this day. He was the youngest ever elected chairman of the Labour party in Scotland at the age of twenty–six, having become a full-time party organizer three years earlier.

In 1983, he moved to London as the General Secretary of War on Want, the international development agency, leaving the post upon his election to parliament in 1987. He first became involved in the Palestinian cause in the early 1970's, regularly visiting Lebanon and becoming an activist in support of the PLO.

In 1980, he formed the British Trades Union Friends of Palestine and became its first General Secretary. In 1982, he founded the Emergency Committee against the invasion of Lebanon. In 1990, he was one of the leading opponents of the war in the Gulf although he had never visited Iraq and would not have been welcomed there as he was a known opponent of the Iraqi government, not least over the Iran - Iraq War. In 1990, he was awarded Pakistan's highest civil award, the Hilal-i-Quaid-i- Azam, for services to the restoration of Democracy in Pakistan.

In 1998, he founded the Mariam Appeal named after the Iraqi child Mariam Hamza, who was brought to Britain amidst great controversy for cancer treatment. The Appeal campaigned around the issue of cancers caused by allied use of Depleted Uranium weapons in the Gulf.

He is a founder of the Stop the War Coalition UK and is currently its Vice-President. The Stop The War Coalition mobilized two million people to protest against the war on Iraq (the largest demonstration of people in British history). In 2003, George Galloway was expelled by Tony Blair from the Labour Party for his opposition to the illegal war on Iraq. In 2004 George Galloway founded RESPECT–The Unity Coalition, the anti-war party. Within weeks RESPECT had won the elections of June 10th in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

George Galloway is the author of “Downfall: The Ceausescus and the Romanian Revolution” 1990, “I’m Not the Only One” 2004. And he is the author of a forthcoming biography of Fidel Castro. He is a frequent broadcaster, author, and public speaker. He was awarded “Parliamentary Debater" of the year in 2003, by the Parliamentary Press Corps.

For more information on this event, call 504 319 5984 or email nolaps@nolapalestinesolidarity.org.

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