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American Red Cross, Bowdoin Amnesty International Chapters to Sponsor Forum

Story posted October 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Mid Coast Chapter of the American Red
Cross and the Bowdoin College chapter of Amnesty International
will present a forum on the use of landmines on Wednesday, October
15, at 6 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

As part of the forum, Amnesty International students will be collecting
shoes, symbolizing the 2,000 people killed or wounded each month
worldwide by landmines. The shoes will be displayed in the Fishbowl
Gallery in Kresge the week of the forum. After the forum, the
shoes will be donated to a local charity.

The forum is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged
to bring a used pair of shoes to add to the pile.

Among the speakers at the forum are José Aponté,
vice president, American Red Cross; Dr. James Cobey, an orthopedic
surgeon from Washington, D.C.; and U.S. Rep. Thomas Allen (D-
1st District), and a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1967.

Each speaker will give a 15-20 minute presentation, followed by
a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served. At
the forum, displays and slides will detail the use and effects
of landmines. Petitions urging President Clinton to support a
worldwide ban on landmine use will also be available.

The Mid Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross was instrumental
in lobbying the Maine state legislature to issue a joint resolution
supporting a worldwide ban in April. Maine is the only state to
pass such a resolution.

For more information, call Julia Groom-Thompson (Red Cross) at
729- 6779 or Katie Lampadarios (Amnesty International) at 721-5168.

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