GJ group lines up Churchill for speech

Ward Churchill testifies during his reinstatement hearing at the Denver City and County Building in Denver, Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

Ward Churchill, a former University of Colorado professor who came under fire for disparaging remarks about the victims of the 9/11 attacks, will speak in Grand Junction on Memorial Day.

Members of Confluence Media Collective, a group that publishes The Red Pill magazine, invited Churchill to speak at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalists Congregation, 1022 Grand Ave. Attendees are asked to give a suggested $7 donation.

Event coordinator Rhoda Cain said Confluence Media Collective is paying Churchill $350 and providing lodging for him in return for the speaking engagement.

No specific topic has been outlined.

“We’re down for letting him talk about whatever he’s talking about,” she said.

Several radio stations around the nation will air the speech, she said.

Cain said Churchill will speak in Grand Junction after traveling from an engagement in San Francisco.

Members of the Confluence Media Collective worked on Jacob Richards’ unsuccessful Grand Junction City Council campaign. Richards is a founding member of The Red Pill.

The group hasn’t published an edition in the past six months, but plans to release one soon, Cain said.

Cain said a new member of the collective wanted to continue community activism after the election and suggested inviting Churchill to speak.

“This is our first big thing since the campaign,” Cain said. “We’re hoping that we get a lot of people.”

In an essay written the day after the Sept. 11 attacks, Churchill asserted that U.S. forerign policy provoked the attacks, and he compared the World Trade Center victims to “little Eichmanns,” a reference to Adolf Eichmann, a German Nazi who helped organize the killing of Jews during World War II. University of Colorado in 2007 fired Churchill after an investigation revealed he fabricated and plagiarized some of his writings.

Churchill won in a lawsuit over CU in 2009 after a Denver jury determined that he was fired in retaliation over the controversial essay. He was awarded $1 for his losses.


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