Ann Wright Visits Occupy Monterey
October 21, 2011
The Occupy Monterey protesters had a brush with celebrity Tuesday when former State Department official and outspoken Iraq War protester Ann Wright passed through town and offered words of inspiration to the locals stationed outside Wells Fargo's downtown branch.
Wright is best known for her high-profile resignation from the State Department in direct protest to the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Before that, she earned some serious street cred for her work in the State Department and as a U.S. Army Colonel, receiving the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997 after helping to evacuate thousands of people from Sierra Leone during its civil war.
An occupier on Alvarado Street, wearing one of the Guy Fawkes masks that have become visual icons of the Occupy Wall Street movement, read a declaration from the OWS New York City General Assembly as Wright looked on and nodded in solidarity. Then, she offered up her feisty two cents about corporate America and the importance of protest.
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