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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to Spokane sparks protests

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Protesters gathered outside the Convention Center on Thursday as Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the President's Leadership Forum inside. Protesters gathered outside the Convention Center on Thursday as Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the President's Leadership Forum inside.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Spokane on Thursday, speaking at Whitworth University's fall President's Leadership Forum, and while many people paid to attend the event inside the Convention Center, a large group of protesters gathered outside as well. 

Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State under President George W. Bush and according to Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor, was brought in to speak at the event because "the depth of her experience within the White House and higher education, and her expertise in history, economics and political science, will provide the Whitworth and Spokane communities with intriguing perspectives on important issues in our world." 

The President's Leadership Forum is a biannual event aimed at drawing in key national leaders to the Inland Northwest to "provide wisdom and insight on a variety of contemporary issues," according to a press release. The event came with a price tag of $60 per person or $600 for a corporate table. 

Rice's visit was not met without some controversy, however. Outside the Convention Center, a large group of protesters formed by several Spokane human rights groups gathered to voice their discontent with the former Secretary of State's visit. The protesters passed out leaflets while wearing "jailbird" suits and large bobbleheads of Rice, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former President George W. Bush and holding "guilty" signs to symbolize the impact of the Iraq War on civilians. 

Director of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, Liz Moore said the goal of the protest was to "tell the truth about the true record of Condoleezza Rice."

“Her legacy of lies misled our country into a disastrous war based on false pretenses, which has resulted in 150,000-plus dead and 2.8 million displaced in Iraq, over 13,000 US troops and contractors dead, and over 875,000 officially disabled veterans. In addition, her personal approval of torture shamed our country and violated fundamental human rights principles,” Moore said in a press release.





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