by Bob Geary
The 31st national congress of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is underway in Chapel Hill on the UNC-CH campus and runs through Sunday.
It hits high gear tomorrow — Friday — when the Rev. William Barber, head of the state NAACP, gives the keynote. On Saturday, The Whistleblower, a film starring Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave, will be shown in special pre-release. (it's scheduled to premiere in August.)
Both events are at the Hanes Art Center and are open to the public.
Also free & participatory: A special vigil for peace and freedom Saturday afternoon in the usual Chapel Hill spot — Peace and Justice Plaza on Franklin Street. (The old post office.) Starts at 1:45. Bring a sign! Your favorite Triangle "Raging Grannies" will be joined by RG's from many of the other U.S. branches of WILPF.
The Whistleblower is a powerful new drama chronicling the true story of the American woman who brought to light the sexual atrocities being perpetrated in Bosnia. The film, which is due for U.S. release in August, stars Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave. The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with Rees and Donna Bickford, Director of the Carolina Women’s Center, who will speak about the growing problem of human trafficking here in the United States.
Details can be found on the Triangle WILPF website. (Follow the links at the bottom of the page for campus maps.)
Daily admission tickets to the Congress are available at costs between $10 and $35. A Friday ticket will get you in for a 12 noon address by Kathy Kelly, head of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, about her recent travels in Afghanistan. For information, see the website or call 919-370-4114.