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LECH WALESA AT THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB, SAN FRANCISCO

Former President of Poland; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2004

MEDALLION SPEAKER ADDRESS



From humble origins, Walesa, a Gdansk, Poland, shipyard electrician, rose to become the charismatic leader of the Polish Solidarity movement. Frequently detained and kept under surveillance by Poland's state security service throughout the 1970s for his efforts to organize free, non-communist trade unions, in 1980 Walesa led a shipyard strike that began in Gdansk and soon spread across the country. Succumbing to the worker protests, authorities negotiated with Walesa the Gdansk Agreement of August 31, 1980, which afforded workers the right to strike and organize independent unions. In a rebuke to the government of General Jaruzelski, which responded to a feared Soviet armed intervention imposed by instituting martial law, suspending Solidarity and arresting the movement's leaders, Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983. In 1990, Walesa was elected president of the new Republic of Poland, an office he held until 1995.

President Walesa is visiting the U.S. on behalf of The Lech Walesa Institute Foundation, which is actively involved in helping fund the Goetz Academy Project (www.goetzacademy.us), a U.S.-based international initiative to support worldwide learning and youth leadership development. Walesa will address what he sees as the greatest challenge to humanity in the 21st century, and will be presented with a Commonwealth Club medallion for having shaped our era.

11:15 a.m., Check-in
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m., Program
Grand Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St. (California & Mason), San Francisco, CA
$20 for Members, $40 for Non-members, $65 for Premium Seatings (premium Seating Guarantees Seats In The First Few Rows Of The Room)
For Reservations visit www.commonwealthclub.org or call 1-800-847-7730

Here is a direct link to the event: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/featured.html#walesa

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