Colonel Wright spent 13 years on active duty with the U.S. Army before beginning a distinguished 16 year career with the U.S. Foreign service.
In 2003, she resigned her diplomatic post in protest on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, one of only three State Department officials to have done so. She has since become a campaigner for peace and justice, opposing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and raising awareness of sexual assaults with in the U.S. armed forces.
She has traveled on the Japanese Peace boat and with the flotilla to break the siege of Gaza. She has been a constant supporter of people whose conscience drives them to to speak out against the destructive and criminal policies of their own government. She co-authored the book "Voices of Conscience: Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq."
Chicago Area Peace Action
Pat Hunt, CAPA board member and Code Pink activist does the introduction of Col. Wright. (1:12.5)
Col. Wright holds both a master's and law degree from the University of Arkansas. She earned a Masters Degree in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Navel War College in Newport, R.I. She was awarded the State Department Award for Heroism.