April 2nd, 2008 5:33 pm | by Shefali Kulkarni News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

UPDATE: John Prendergast coming to Portland after all


John Prendergast—Hollywood's favorite humanitarian—has made yet another change of plans to his hectic, jet-setting schedule. The co-chair of the ENOUGH Project in Washington D.C. (see this week's HotSeat) is back from a quick trip to Uganda and is planning on coming to Portland this weekend. He will be speaking at the First Methodist Church on Southwest 18th and Jefferson Streets at 8 pm on Saturday, April 5. But on Monday, March 31, the African expert was packing like a mad-man and preparing for his flight to Uganda where he was asked to help with peace talks between warlord Joseph Kony and Ugandan government officials. In an earlier interview with WW, he apologized and said he was planning on rescheduling his Portland visit. The trip to Uganda had been in the works for six months and was waiting on Kony's approval for negotiations.

Here's an email from Prendergast to the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center (one of the organizers for the talk) he sent yesterday:

"It's firm. I just landed back in the US. I want to apologize to all of you for this back and forth. I have been chasing this story for 6 months and working on this peace process for two years and it came suddenly and then went away just as quickly. I may go back next week but not this weekend! OK guys. My mission has been aborted halfway through. I can still do the Oregon events. Sorry for the mixed signals."

Over the phone, Prendergast told WW that he was sorry about the confusion. "We went halfway there, and then Kony [the rebel leaders] postponed for a week so we turned around came back into the US...it happened really fast."

Fresh from Uganda, Prendergast will speak about Darfur and about other conflicts within the African continent including violence against women in Congo. The talk is free.
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