The Iraq War: A People's Hearing

Eleven years ago today, the United States military invaded Iraq. On March 26, 2014, Iraqi human rights advocates and labor leaders will join US military veterans in Washington D.C. to testify to the lasting impact of the war and to make the case that the US government must be held to account for the serious damage it has caused.

We invite you to join us for this event co-sponsored by WRL. You can RSVP here. If you cannot attend, we will be livestreaming the event here.

Iraqi Labor Leader Falah Alwan and Human Rights Activist Yanar Mohammed will explain the US government and military role in sectarian violence as well as the ongoing health crisis caused by toxic munitions and burn pits used during the occupation. Phil Donahue, who has been openly critical of the war from the beginning, will moderate the panel.

WRL Field Organizer Ali Issa has written extensively on Iraqi social movements, including on the report by Yanar Mohammed's organization, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, on the devastating health and environmental impacts caused by the US base in the town of Hawija.

Click here to read the report on the US military's pollution of Hawija on the WRL Blog.

Click here to read Ali's interview from last year with Falah Alwan.

We hope you'll be able to join us for this important event and share it with your networks. If you plan to attend, please RSVP.

If you can't make it, have a screening of the livestream at your home and host a discussion. Let us know what you're planning by emailing ali [at] We hope to hear from you!