For Immediate Release: April 13th, 2007
Contact:  Contact: Melissa Byrne 609.364.4267 Gael Murphy 202.412.6700


ANTI-WAR LEADERS TO WELCOME BACK CONGRESS

For Immediate Release:   April 13, 2006
Demand Congress to Bring Troops Home by End of 2007

April 16, 2007 9:00 AM CODEPINK HOUSE
712 5th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
10:30 AM Speaker Pelosi's office
235 Cannon HOB

Who: CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against War, and other anti-war organizations.
What: Breakfast Briefing, followed by march to the House to Welcome Congress Back
Breakfast Briefing: Members of media are invited to the CODEPINK: Women for Peace house on Capitol Hill for a breakfast briefing on their upcoming actions to bring the troops home by end of the year. In the past month, women from Alaska to Florida have traveled to Washington, DC to bring the grassroots desire to end the Iraq War now to the halls of Congress. Medea Benjamin and Gael Murphy of CODEPINK, Garett Reppenhagen, Chair of Iraq Veterans Against War, and military mom Tina Richards will take questions and discuss the campaign to bring the troops home.

Congressional Actions: At 10am the group will march to Speaker Pelosi's office to welcome her back to the House and press for further progress to bring the troops home. “Speaker Pelosi showed courageous leadership by engaging Syria in the diplomatic process,” said CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “We hope she will use her diplomatic skills to secure enough votes in Congress to bring the troops home.” The coalition of anti-war organization seeks to meet with the Speaker to ask her to commit publicly to bringing the troops home by the end of the year. “I have been trying to meet with Speaker Pelosi since November because she needs to listen to the moms and other women affected by the war,” remarked military mom Tina Richards.
The action kicks off the post-recess campaign to bring the troops home by the end of the year. After visiting Speaker Pelosi's office, the anti-war activists will attend Congressional hearings, meet with Members of Congress, and participate in on-going demonstrations.

Visuals: Banners, Pink Costumes, Military Fatigues, GREAT PHOTO OPPS
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