Friday, April 25, 2008

"Peace Activist to Share Experience" - Maloy IA CW Brian Terrell visit Missolua MT

April 25, 2008

Montana Kaimin

Missoula , MT

Peace activist to share experience

Story by Stefanie Kilts

Brian Terrell , a peace activist for more than

30 years, will share his personal experiences of his non-violent peace

efforts in the U.S. and Central America during a speech at the

University of Montana on Tuesday, April 29.

His speech, "Criminalization of Dissent," will cover increased

governmental surveillance, intimidation, and prosecution of

non-violent peace efforts. The lecture will start at 7 p.m. in the

Castle Room at the UM Law School .

"The line between what is legal, what are protected activities, and

violent criminal activity has steadily eroded," Terrell said.

Terrell has been arrested more than 100 times over the last 30 years

for staging anti-war protests and bringing attention to nuclear

weapons, victims of war, and other injustices. He has been voluntarily

arrested in protests against U.S. military interventions in places

such as Honduras and Puerto Rico .

Terrell received significant media attention in 2004 when the Joint

Terrorism Task Force subpoenaed him for testimony about his

participation in an anti-war forum. The investigation was eventually

stopped due to public pressure, but it sparked a debate on the

government and rights of protest groups.

"The best way to talk about what is happening broadly is to talk about

our experiences," Terrell said.

The peace activist said he is coming to Missoula at an appropriate

time, especially in light of events at UM.

Terrell is aware of the recent sit-in at Main Hall by the Students for

Economic and Social Justice and said he is especially concerned about

the seizure of their cell phones, calling it an extremely serious


Terrell said he hopes he can make local groups aware of what types of

actions are currently taken by the government on non-violent activism

and advise groups on what they can do.

Non-violent activism is extremely important, he said, citing the

significance of protests in women receiving the right to vote and the

ending of the Vietnam War.

"If you look at history," he said, "there hasn't been any major change

without civil disobedience."

Terrell is the executive director of Catholic Peace Ministry and lives

at a Catholic Worker Farm in Iowa . Catholic Worker activists

acknowledge that there will always be inherent violence in the world,

he explained, but realize "we depend on a military infrastructure

because we control the world's resources."

Therefore, the Catholic Worker Farm has gardens and farm animals so

residents can live closer to the land and grow their own food, he


Terrell will also speak in Butte on Saturday for a panel discussion

with local leaders in law enforcement and civil liberties defense. He

said the only way his speeches will make a difference during his time

in Montana is if he can reach groups protesting for change.

"If nothing else, we can show that everyone in the world is not going

along," Terrell said. "The best way to do that is to put our body on

the line."

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