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Voices of Dissent
Dissent in a Democracy by Ann Wright and Susan Dixon
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DISSENT: Voices of Conscience

Author Biographies

Col. Ann Wright
Ann Wright grew up in Bentonville, Arkansas, and attended the University of Arkansas, where she received a master’s and a law degree. She also has a master’s degree in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. After college, she spent thirteen years in the U.S. Army and sixteen additional years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel. She is airborne-qualified.

In 1987, Col.Wright joined the Foreign Service and served as U.S. Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone, the largest evacuation since Saigon. She was on the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and helped reopen the Embassy there in December 2001. Her other overseas assignments include Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, Micronesia, and Nicaragua. On March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Ann Wright cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation of a Muslim, Arab, oil-rich country would be a a violation of international law.

Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace. She fasted for a month, picketed at the US prison at Guantánamo, Cuba, served as a juror in Bush impeachment hearings, traveled to Iran as a citizen diplomat, and has been arrested numerous times for peaceful, nonviolent protest of Bush’s policies, particularly the war on Iraq. She has been on delegations to Iran and was in Gaza three times in 2009, following the Israeli attack on Gaza that killed 1,440 and wounded 5,000. She was an organizer for the Gaza Freedom March that brought 1,350 persons from 44 countries to Cairo, Egypt, in solidarity with the people of Gaza. She was on the May, 2010 Gaza flotilla that was attacked by the Israeli military and was an organizer for the US Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, in the 2011 Gaza flotilla. She lives in Honolulu.

Susan Dixon, author
Susan Dixon grew up in Connecticut and received a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies from Trinity College in Hartford. She earned a master’s degree in geography from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where she is a doctoral candidate. She teaches on the geography of peace and war as well as on political activism and nonviolence. She has won a three-year fellowship from the National Science Foundation and the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Hawai‘i. She spent her senior year in college on a yearlong academic study abroad program focusing on “The World Politics of Peace and Conflict.” This International Honors Program was led by Johan Galtung, who is widely considered the founder of peace studies as a science. Dixon has also taught English in a Japanese junior high school and raised a German shepherd puppy to be a seeing eye dog. She has lived, studied, and traveled in thirty-eight countries on six continents, speaks Japanese and Spanish, and lives in Honolulu. She wishes she had more time for scuba diving.


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