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Human trafficking speaker at UU

Author and humanitarian activist Sandra Kirkpatrick will discuss the issue of human trafficking in Thailand, and the terrible toll it takes on women and children in this region at 10:30 a.m. March 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach.

Kirkpatrick will speak during the regular service, and then after the service concludes, there will be an inexpensive lunch and the opportunity to discuss the issues further. The fellowship is at 429 Cypress Drive.

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Iraq, Palistinian crises topic at church

Fairly Frequent Friday Films at Neighborhood Congregational Church will host a double feature at 7 p.m. March 20.

Wafa Shami, program coordinator, Middle East Peace Education, American Friends (Quaker) Service Committee, will present information about the Iraqi refugee crisis as a consequence of the war and how it is affecting the Middle East region, particularly Jordan and Syria.

Vivien Sansour, of ImaginAction and the Olive Tree Circus, will speak to the importance of agriculture in preserving Palestinian identity, and how culture and community are the most important elements in resistance today. She will also address the psychological impact of occupation on children, and the social problems created by lack of resources and imprisonment.

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A short video will accompany each presentation. Fair trade olive oil from the Holy Land will be available for sale. The church is at 340 St. Ann’s Drive. For more information, call the church at (949) 494-8061.



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