A well-known peace activist visited Indiana State University this November 13th afternoon.
Co-Director of the national peace organization, Code Pink, Medea Benjamin spoke to students and held a special memorial for alum Jamal Khashoggi.
After the attacks on 9/11, Benjamin and other women concerned about foreign policy formed an organization with this goal in mind, “To try to stop that tragedy from leading to the kind of endless wars that unfortunately we’re in today”.
Benjamin says she is traveling to college campuses around the US in an effort to educate and get young people involved, “I’m trying to get students to look at these issues, see where we as US citizens could get involved. How we could put pressure on elected officials to not get into another war in the Middle East”.
Benjamin took questions from students regarding tensions in some places overseas.
“It was very informative. We’ve been talking in the last couple of weeks about the conflict in Yemen and Saudi Arabia,” said student Seth Grimmett.
Grimmett is on the executive board of the Student Coalition for Social Justice at ISU,”There’s people at Indiana State that would like to be a part of activism work”.
Indiana State is no stranger to students seeking activism.
In October journalist, activist and ISU graduate Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
“Because of the importance of Jamal Khashoggi at this university, it would be terrible to come here and not pay tribute to him,” said Benjamin.
Benjamin and students dedicated a memorial to Khashoggi on campus with flowers and condolence letters.
Benjamin says she’d like to see a more permanent dedication to Khashoggi in the future, “I think it’s so important for the students to know who Jamal Khashoggi was, what he stood for”.