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)
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Printed by permission from The Commonwealth Club.
Special thanks to Kymberle Zielinski.