Thursday, January 24, 2008

PANW Editor to Speak at "Conscious Change" Conference at the University of Windsor in Canada on Jan. 26

Media Advisory

Event: Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire Editor, to Represent the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) at the 'Conscious Change' Conference Held at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada on Saturday, January 26, 2008.

Note: This coming Saturday, January 26, 2008, Abayomi Azikiwe, the editor of the Pan-African News Wire, will speak at the 'Conscious Change' Conference to be held at the University of Windsor in Canada. Azikiwe will be speaking at 1:45 p.m. in Vanier Hall on the role of the anti-war movement in the United States in the international struggle for peace and social justice.

Abayomi Azikiwe is the co-founder of the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice which has been in existence since September of 2002. Azikiwe has published articles, essays, research reports and interviews in a host of newspapers, journals, newsletters and web sites throughout the United States, Canada and the international community.

Azikiwe is a broadcast journalist and has worked on five different radio stations over the last nine years in the United States and Canada. He can be heard every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on CKLN FM 88.1 ( originating from Toronto but streaming audio throughout the world.

Event Description

This January 26 & 27 OPIRG-Windsor is hosting the Western Ontario Public Interest School at Vanier Hall, University of Windsor.

This is a two day conference entitled "Conscious Change" which will feature workshops on various social justice and environmental issues.

On Saturday, January 26 the keynote speaker is Libby Davies, Member of Parliament for Vancouver East, who will be speaking on "Harm Reduction" as a sensible policy as opposed to the "War on Drugs."

On Sunday, January 27 the keynote speaker is Howard Pawley, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Social Justice Person of the Year 2002-2003 at the University of Windsor. Pawley is the former Premier of Manitoba and will be speaking on "Strategies and Techniques for Activism."

Ontario Public Interest Research Group Windsor Conscious Change 2008

Dear Mr. Azikiwe,

At this time I am honoured to invite the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice to become involved in the upcoming Regional Public Interest School 2008 conference “Conscious Change” which is being hosted by the University of Windsor’s Ontario Public Interest Group (OPIRG). During the dates of Friday January 25, 2008 to Sunday January 27, 2008 the University of Windsor’s OPIRG will be welcoming students, community members, OPIRG members and guest speakers from across the province to join together for a weekend which promises to fully meet the Ontario Public Interest Research Groups mandate:
“To Promote research, education, and action on environmental & social justice issues for a better world.”

As a not-for-profit organization OPIRG strives to promote education, research and action, discussing and promoting the issues that shape and change our communities and world.

Aware of your interest and research in the area of social justice OPIRG would be honoured if you would be willing to share your knowledge and zest for the issue with our community. If you decide that you would be willing to share such knowledge with our registrants and members in exchange we will look after all of your travel expenses.

Thanking you
Danielle Bedard and Nicole Morrell Conference coordinators

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