Interview with Maureen Aumand
by Paul Frazier
Maureen Aumand, a teacher and librarian in the Albany, NY, area, has helped coordinate the upcoming conference: Confronting the Politics of Fear: A Peoples Assembly (see box). Here are her thoughts about the conference:
I had not acted in a public way until the September 11 attacks, and then I knew I had to get more involved. The following July I heard Scott Ritter speak, then a friend, Joe Quandt, went to Iraq and I supported him. I worked against the invasion as much as I could, feeling great sorrow and a deep desire to stem the course of a terrible mistake this country was making.
It became clear to me that the invasion was not one issue, but that there is a BIG picture, and to understand that big picture it is necessary to join with others to help fellow citizens understand what is going on. There is a core humanity that can be appealed to. We need to find ways to cut through the politics of fear and figure out how to reach that core goodness.
I see a very rich panoply of people with deep commitments working for justice, people running parallel who dont know each other, and who need to create a better network. We need to clarify our common platforms, to make stronger connections with the media, and to forge ahead in crossing class and race lines in developing a unified regime change.
If you would like to stay overnight after the Assembly, contact Maureen at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.