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January 17, 2002

WBAA to focus on non-violent protest in next town forum

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Non-violent protest will be the focus of discussion when WBAA airs its fifth installment of "An American Town Forum" at 7 p.m. Tuesday (1/22).

The show, entitled "Exercising Our Rights: Non-Violent Protest," will be broadcast live from the Trails banquet facility at 325 Burnett Road, West Lafayette. A panel of experts on non-violent protest will address questions from a live audience.

Panelists include Lafayette Peace Coalition coordinators Berenice Carroll and Dor Ben-Amotz, along with Leonard Harris, a Purdue professor of American studies. They will talk about the history of non-violent protest, the need for it and its effectiveness. Different styles of non-violent protest also will be discussed.

Listeners can phone in comments and questions at (765) 496-1999 or toll-free at (866) 922-2101 if they live outside the local calling area.

David Bunte, WBAA program director, says this installment of "An American Town Forum" was organized to provide a voice for people opposed to military operations in Afghanistan or other governmental policies.

"There is a long history in this country of non-violent protest," Bunte says. "From civil rights to the Vietnam protests to current peace movements, there have been a number of arenas in which people would like the government to function differently."

The program can be heard at 101.3 FM and on AM 920. WBAA also can be heard on the Internet.

CONTACT: David Bunte, (765) 494-3961,

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: The media is invited to cover the forum. Call WBAA at (765) 494-5920 to make arrangements.

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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