National Press Conference in Washington, DC
to Announce August 12 March
There continues to be an amazing response to the appeal to support the Aug. 12 National Emergency March on Washington, but we still need your help to make it a success. The demonstration offers the best opportunity to show the opposition by the people of the United States to the Bush administration's partnership with the Israeli government in waging war against the people of Palestine and Lebanon.
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Below is a copy of a media alert for a national press conference that will take place Thursday, July 27, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. We will circulate copies of media coverage in the coming days.
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July 27 Washington DC Press Conference Update:
Ramsey Clark to Speak, Thurs., July 27, 1pm
Thursday, July 27th
Murrow Room of the National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
A coalition of Arab-American and U.S. peace groups will be holding a press conference on Thursday, July 27, to announce plans for a "massive National Emergency March on Washington DC on Saturday, August 12 to protest the U.S.-Israeli war against the people of Palestine and Lebanon."
"Buses and car caravans are being organized to bring people to Washington DC on August 12 from cities and towns throughout the United States," stated Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition. The August 12 National March on Washington D.C. is initiated by ANSWER Coalition, National Council of Arab-Americans, and the Muslim American Society, Freedom Foundation.
The August 12 event will be the largest mobilization to date within the United States to oppose the latest U.S.-Israeli war drive against Lebanon and Gaza, according to the initiating organizations.
The press conference will discuss plans for August 12, the situation regarding rally and march permits, and outline a nationwide campaign to mobilize the U.S. antiwar movement, the Arab-American and Muslim community, and all people of conscience to oppose what the organizers call, "the criminal war that has already killed hundreds of civilians and displaced hundreds of thousands of people from their home.”
The press conference will also include direct eyewitness testimony from Dr. Mounzer Sleiman who has just returned from war-torn Lebanon. Dr. Sleiman is an independent analyst on national security affairs who appears frequently as a commentator on a number of Arab TV networks and radio outlets.
Speakers will include:
-Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
-Dr. Mounzer Sleiman, National Council of Arab Americans, Independent Military and Political Analyst who just returned from Lebanon
-Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Co-Founder Partnership for Civil Justice
-Mahdi Bray, Director, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
-Peta Lindsay, Howard University student, Youth and Student ANSWER Coalition
-Brian Becker, National Coordinator, ANSWER Coalition
-Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Pastor, Plymouth Congregational Church