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Special Lecture: Matt Southworth of the Friends Committee on National Legislation

Lecture: Matt Southworth (FCNL).
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Time: Pizza Buffet 6:30pm
Lecture 7:00pm.
Venue: Poppa Rollo's Pizza Mtg. rm.
703 N. Valley Mills Dr., Waco
Title: "Political Possibilities in Congress for Ending the War in Afghanistan."
Audience: All welcome.
Fee: All free.

Matt Southworth was born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1984. He lived most of his adolescent life in north central Florida. After graduating from Belleview High school in 2002, Matt joined the U.S. Army. While enlisted, he served a tour of duty in northern Iraq in 2004. Matt was honorably discharged from the U.S. military in 2004.

After the Army, Matt found himself at a small Quaker school in Wilmington, Ohio. What he learned at Wilmington challenged many of the things he thought about the world, and while Iraq left him against war, college solidified his position. In May 2009, Matt graduated from Wilmington College Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science, History, and a minor in Psychology.

Matt now works in the campaigns section for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Years of activism led Matt to Israel-Palestine twice, the U.S. Mexican boarder, Geneva Switzerland, and a number of other places on his way to FCNL. Currently, Matt manages the “War Is Not the Answer” campaign, works on Afghanistan policy, and organizes around the country.

Please help the Friends of Peace provide a warm welcome to this dedicated peace activist as he speaks

in Waco. Having experienced war firsthand in Iraq and then become a peace activist with the Quakers,

we are fortunate to hear from someone who deeply understands the futility of war.