Sami Rasouli, an Iraqi-American, will return to Grand Rapids to speak about the current situation in Iraq from the point of view of the Iraqi people – how they view their current political situation and the continued U.S. presence, as well as efforts at reconciliation within Iraq, rebuilding the cities, the impact of refugees and Iraqi’s hopes for the future. He will also talk about the current U.S. economic war on Iran and other problems affecting the Middle East. The presentation will be at the Itasca Unitarian Chapel, 3906 Hwy 169 East, Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m.

Rasouli was born and raised in Iraq and moved to the Minneapolis area as a young man. He became a successful businessman and was active in community life. He moved back to Iraq after the war to help rebuild his country. He returns to Minnesota on a regular basis to share information on the situation in Iraq and neighboring countries.

He founded the Muslim Peacemakers Team (MPT), an organization that brings Iraqis together to work for peace. He has partnered with the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) to establish Minneapolis and Najaf as Sister Cities and established the English for Reconciliation program.

This presentation is sponsored by the Itasca Unitarian Social Justice Committee and the Itasca Progressive Caucus. It is free and open to all.

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