Medea Benjamin to give talk at Odyssey

By Alheri Egor-Egbe ’17

Indomitable political activist Medea Benjamin will give a talk about her new book, Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18, at the Odyssey Bookstore in South Hadley.

Over the course of her more than 40 years of tireless activism, Benjamin cofounded two global peace organizations, the women-led anti-war group Code Pink and the international human rights group Global Exchange. She is at the forefront of the anti-drone movement and has long advocated an end to US-funded wars and occupations. Benjamin has also helped bring national attention to the issue of sweatshops and helped create a Fair Trade movement in the US.

Her book takes a deep look at the political ties between the US and Saudi Arabia, shedding light on a less well-understood relationship in US foreign policy.

Cited by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the high-profile members of the peace movements,” Benjamin is a prolific author, and has travelled extensively within the Middle East. She is a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award, the US Peace Memorial Foundation’s Peace Prize, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Benjamin’s talk is cosponsored by the Mount Holyoke College international relations and politics departments, the Western Massachusetts Program of the American Friends Service Committee, Progressive Democrats of America, and the Western Massachusetts chapter of Code Pink.