On Sun., Oct. 20, on the eve of the trial of a group of nuclear resisters that includes Father Bill Bichsel, Ray McGovern will speak at a Festival of Hope held at St. Leo's in Tacoma.[1]  --  Ray McGovern. a 73-year-old former CIA officer who has spoken before in Tacoma at a talk co-sponsored by UFPPC that won a standing ovation, is just back from Russia where he participated in an award ceremony for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.  --  McGovern worked for the CIA for 27 years, won the Intelligence Commendation Medal, and prepared the president’s daily intel briefing in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.  --  A Roman Catholic, McGovern has been an active opponent of U.S. policies, including torture, since the U.S. invasion of Iraq.  --  He will be joined by David Price, an anthropologist teaching at St. Martin's in Lacey, who has also been a UFPPC speaker in the past.  --  This event is free and open to the public....


  Festival of Hope
WHO:  Ray McGovern and David Price, speakers
WHEN:  Sunday, October 20, 2013 -- 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:  St. Leo's, 710 South 13th St., Tacoma, WA 98405

Ray McGovern, former CIA officer during the George H. Bush administration and prominent whistleblower regarding the Iraq War, will be the main speaker at a Festival of Hope to be held at St. Leo's Church on Oct 20, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

Ray has just returned from Russia where he and three other prominent whistleblowers presented a truth-telling award to Edward Snowden.

David Price, an anthropologist at St. Martin's University, will also speak, on "The Militarization of Society."

The Festival of Hope will precede the trial on Oct. 21, 2013, of seven peace activists, including Father Bill "Bix" Bichsel, who trespassed at the Trident Submarine Base at Bangor, Washington.  The trial will be at the Tacoma Federal Building,1717 Pacific Avenue, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

All are invited.