New York, Ny (PressExposure) April 12, 2008 -- 14 delegates chosen from across the United States will be going on a Peace Delegation to the country of Iran with The Fellowship of Reconciliation (www.forusa.org) â an organization headquartered in over 40 countries worldwide and started in 1914 in Switzerland to prevent war in Europe. Transcendence lead singer Ed Hale has been chosen to be one of the 14 delegates.
Along with 10 others the group also consists of writer Larry Beinhart, best known for Wag the Dog, and Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin, Carah Lynn Ong, Policy Analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation in Washington DC, and journalist Robert Dreyfus, contributing editor and writer for The Nation, Rolling Stone, The New Republic and other publications. The group will tour Iran for two-weeks, primarily focusing on the major cities of Tehran, Shiraz, and Qom. The group will visit schools, universities, newspapers, radio, and TV stations to foster more harmony and solidarity between the American and Iranian people.
They will meet with three reigning Ayatollahs and with the former Iranian President Khatami. The Fellowship of Reconciliation is a non-religious not-for-profit organization that has been sponsoring trips such as these for over eighty years all over the world. Their primary mission is to foster peace and understanding between peoples of different cultures to prevent war.
Hale sings in the rock band Transcendence (Universal) and is also known for his outspoken human rights and peace activism and volunteer work around the world. He just returned from two weeks of home building in Africa with Habitat for Humanity and made two separate trips to the Gulf Coast last year to help rebuild homes for Hurricane Katrina victims in Biloxi, Mississippi. He and his band mates have two new albums coming out this year, The Great Mistake, and All Your Heroes Become Villains.
A sign of the times, the funds to help pay Hale's expenses were raised entirely online using social networking sites such as MySpace and something known as the ChipIn widget. Fans and friends were encouraged to post comments and donate anything they wanted to. The âwidgetâ tracked the progress in real-time so all could log-on at anytime to see how much money had been collected and watch as the goal was reached and read comments from fans from around the world.
Hale has been keeping a blog about the trip online and will continue to post reports while he is in Iran. Upon his return he will be speaking at various events about the experience and will be available for interviews and speaking events to talk more about his experiences.