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“Out of Iraq”
Congressional Caucus To Join
National “Troops Home Fast” Hunger Strike
“Out of Iraq” Congressional Caucus To Join
Colonel Ann Wright, Dick Gregory, Diane Wilson, Medea Benjamin,
Iraqi Citizens, and Veterans In National Hunger Strike
PRESS CONFERENCE: 11:00AM, Thursday
July 13, 2006 – Cannon Terrace (corner of Independence
Avenue and New Jersey Avenue, SE)
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Representative Lynn Woolsey (CA-6), Representative Barbara
Lee (CA-9) and members of the "Out of Iraq" Congressional
Caucus, upon hearing of the “Troops Home Fast” initiative
launched on July 4 to bring the troops home from Iraq, will
announce their support and participation in a press conference
on Thursday July 13th at 11am EST.
They will be joining over 3,700 people throughout the country
who are showing support for the long-term fasters by fasting
for at least one day. Participants include Representative
Lynn Woolsey, musicians Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt, actors
Danny Glover, Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon, Gulf War vet Michael
McPherson, writer Alice Walker, and labor leader Dolores Huerta.
Also speaking at the press conference Colonel and former
US Diplomat Ann Wright; Iraqi Analyst Raed Jarrar; Co-founder
of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Medea Benjamin
and Geoffrey Millard of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
CODEPINK: Women for Peace, a national women's peace
organization, launched the “Troops Home Fast” initiative
on July 3, 2006. Over 3,700 supporters, celebrities, veterans,
mothers, and concerned citizens across the country are participating.
Hunger strikers will continue to stand outside of the White
House until September 21, International Peace Day, when activists
around the country will initiate a week of nonviolent actions
against the war in Iraq as part of the Declaration of Peace.
The "Out of Iraq" Caucus was established on June
16, 2005 to bring to the House of Representatives an on-going
debate about the war in Iraq and the Administration's justification
for the decision to go to war, to urge the return of US service
members to their families as soon as possible, and to provide
a voice in Congress for the individuals and groups who support
To accomplish its goals, the "Out of Iraq" Caucus
works with other Congressional Caucuses and national organizations
to hold hearings, press conferences and town hall meetings
to educate the American people and pressure the Administration
to conclude the war in Iraq.
For more information, including a full list of fast participants,
please see www.troopshomefast.org.