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Whistleblower to give talk

Coleen Rowley, one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year by TIME magazine, will give the keynote address at a state assembly of Pax Christi Minnesota, a Catholic Peace and Justice movement being held this weekend in Rochester.

Her talk, "Ethics and the Social Psychology Responsible for Good People Doing Wrong," will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 4135 18th Ave. N.W. A book signing and refreshments will follow at 8:30 p.m. The talk is open to the public. Suggested donation is $5.

Rowley served as a special agent with the FBI in Minneapolis. Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, she testified in front of the Senate and 9/11 Commission about the FBI's internal organization and mishandling of information, and documented how FBI HQ personnel in Washington, D.C., had failed to take action on information provided by the Minneapolis, Minnesota Field Office regarding its investigation of suspected terrorist Zacarias Maussaoui.

This presentation launches the annual Pax Christi Minnesota State Assembly, "Breaking the Culture of Silence; Choosing a Nonviolent Path," which continues on Saturday.

For information to attend the conference, visit www.paxchristimn.org or contact Helen Schroeder at 285-1662.

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Workshops will include themes of: Human Trafficking; Victims of Torture; Sexual Violence in the Military; Secrets of Faith and Hope in Haiti; Voices for Creative Non-violence, and Freedom Riders’ 50-year Anniversary.

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