For Immediate Release: July 9th, 2007
Contact:  Contact: Medea Benjamin, 415-235-6517
Rae Ablileah, 202-423-3654


Mother on 21st Day of Fast Implores Sen. Lieberman to Promote Diplomacy Not War With Iran

Urges the Senator to Meet with Her

Who: CODEPINK Mother Leslie Angeline and Supporters

Where: Senator Lieberman's D.C. office, 706 Hart Bldg

When: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 10

Why: Outraged that Senator Lieberman has publicly called for bombing Iran, CODEPINK member Leslie Angeline, 50, from Santa Rosa, CA, began a hunger strike to get a meeting with the Senator. She is now in the 20st day of the fast, and the Senator has still refused to meet. On June 28, Angeline fainted in his office and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Angeline refused to end her fast and is now in her 21st day.

Angeline recently returned from a citizen diplomacy trip to Iran with the group Global Exchange. "When I heard that Lieberman said he thought we should launch military action against Iran, I couldn't help but think of the 70% of the Iranian population who are under the age of 30-—the age of my son. Iran is a country of warm, kind, and generous children and their families. We cannot bomb these kids," says Angeline.

Angeline is anxious to meet with Senator Lieberman to explain why an attack on Iran would turn 70 million Iranians, now mostly friendly to the US, into enemies and would undermine US security.

In the past, when Angeline has gone to Senator Leiberman's office, they have threatened to call the police if she stays for more than 10 minutes. This time, Angeline will refuse to leave.