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January 27, 2006

Dr. Wangari Maathai to Speak in Seattle

The first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize is coming to Seattle and will be speaking at Benaroya Hall on Friday, March 17th.  Dr. Maathai founded the Green Belt movement in Kenya in 1977, which has planted more than 10 million trees to prevent soil erosion and provide firewood for cooking fires. Deforestation, along with soil runoff, water pollution, and diminishing animal habitat, has been a huge problem in Africa with only 9 trees being replaced for every 100 cut down.  The program has been carried out primarily by Kenyan village women who get paid for planting the trees and protecting the environment which also allows them to help support their families and care for their children and their children's future.  Dr. Maathai has encountered a rash of resistance throughout her life to her efforts to first obtain a doctorate in veterinary medicine and then to fight the destruction of Kenya's forests.

A wonderful Seattle-based organization, AAKEWO (African American Kenyan Women's Interconnect), which I've written about before, is co-sponsoring the event and you can obtain tickets through one of their members, LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, if you hurry.  The tickets will then also benefit their project for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya.  They have Preferred Seating ($50), Rear Orchestra & 2nd Tier ($40) and 3rd Tier ($30).

If you are interested, please email LueRachelle immediately (and put WANGARI MAATHAI in the subject line) and let her know which tickets you would like and make arrangements with her to purchase and obtain the tickets.  Otherwise you can get tickets through Foolproof.

AAKEWO says asante sana (thank you very much)

Posted by Lynn Allen on January 27, 2006 at 09:42 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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