Mairead Maguire event raises $2500 for Gaza Community Mental Health Programme

Mairead Maguire, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, spoke in Vancouver on September 28, 2009, in a fundraiser for the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. Over 250 attended the event at Robson Square Theatre, which raised over $2500 to support programmes in Gaza.

Mairead Maguire spoke about her experiences on the Free Gaza movement ships that broke the siege of Gaza in 2008. She sailed on the DIGNITY, a ship that successfully delivered medical and humanitarian supplies in November 2008. In June 2009, Maguire was on the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY — carrying 3 tons of medical aid, plus toys and reconstructions supplies to Gaza — that was boarded and hijacked in Gaza territorial waters by Israeli Naval commandos.

All of the passengers including Maguire were arrested, jailed for up to a week and then deported — meanwhile the boat and aid supplies were siezed and are still being held by the government of Israel. Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, issued a formal statement calling the seizure of the SPIRIT “unlawful.” The FREE GAZA voyage in August 2008 was the first international boat to reach Gaza in 41 years.

Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for their work promoting peace in Northern Ireland as co-founders of the Community of the Peace People. Mairead was the aunt of the three Maguire children who were killed by a getaway car after its driver was shot by a British soldier in 1976.

Video/audio below courtesy of Working TV:


Welcome, Gordon Murray    RT: 6:08
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Introduction to Mairead Maguire, John Bail, Canadian Union of Postal Workers    RT: 2:50
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Maidread Maguire, Breaking the Seige of Gaza, Pt. 1 of 3    RT: 13:21
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Maidread Maguire, Pt. 2 of 3    RT: 12:04
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Maidread Maguire, Pt. 3 of 3    RT: 14:17
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Q&A, Pt. 1 of 3   RT: 14:48
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Q&A, Pt. 2 of 3   RT: 12:54
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Q&A, Pt. 3 of 3   RT: 7:23
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