• In the past few years, the United States has expanded its policy of covert drone attacks in a number of countries including Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. While the policy started under the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration has increased the use of the strikes in Pakistan alone from one per year to nearly one every four days.Join the SSC, The Coalition of South Asian Peoples, and the Pakistani Student Association in a discussion about the legal implications of the secret drone war and the human cost of the drone policy.

    Refreshments will be served


    -Rafia Zakaria:
    Rafia Zakaria is the first Pakistani American woman to serve as a Director for Amnesty International USA. She is a lawyer and the Director of the Muslim Women’s Legal Defense Fund for the Muslim Alliance of Indiana/The Julian Center Shelter representing victims of domestic violence. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Indiana University, currently working on her dissertation entitled “Negotiating Identity: Sharia, multiculturalism and Muslim women.” She was the John Edwards Fellow at Indiana University for 2007-2008 which is the highest academic honor that can be achieved by a graduate student at Indiana University.

    -Medea Benjamin:
    Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 30 years. Described as “one of America’s most committed — and most effective — fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, and called “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement” by the Los Angeles Times, Medea has distinguished herself as an eloquent and energetic figure in the progressive movement. In 2005 she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. In 2010 she received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

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