For Immediate Release: November 6th, 2007
Contact:  Rae Abileah, 415-994-1723
Sanaz Meshkinpour, 510-684-4781


Concerned Citizens Rally in support of Oakland City Council Resolution for Peace with Iran

Concerned Oakland residents and activists from CODEPINK Women for Peace, Global Exchange, Women of Color Resource Center, and many other groups will gather outside the Oakland City Hall this evening to support a resolution against a military attack on Iran.  Oakland City Councilwomen Jane Brunner and Nancy Nadel have introduced a resolution condemning US efforts to bomb Iran and interfere in Iran's internal affairs that will be voted on at tonight's city council meeting.  A rally will be held from 5-6 pm before the meeting begins to show support for this resolution from anti-war groups, Iranian community organizations, and Oakland residents concerned about the threat of a war with Iran.  City councilmember Jane Brunner may address the community rally before the meeting begins.

What: Rally to support Oakland City Council Resolution for Peace with Iran
When: Tuesday, November 6th, 2007, 5-8 pm
5-6 pm: Rally Outside
5:45 pm: Speakers Press Conference
6 pm: City Council Meeting begins
7 pm: Vote on Iran Resolution  
Where: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza Between 14th and 15th Streets Oakland, CA, 94612

“Directly to and with our locally elected officials, we are raising our voices to demand support for in-need communities at home AND not for greater war and violence abroad,” said Sanaz Meshkinpour, Middle East Reality Tours coordinator at Global Exchange.  The $460 billion dollars the US has spent occupying and destroying the country of Iraq could instead be going education, healthcare, and stopping the violence at home.  “We're working with local governments, peace groups, Iranian organizations, Jewish congregations, and concerned citizens to send a clear message to Congress: Don't authorize an attack on Iran!” says Rae Abileah, national organizer with CODEPINK and Oakland resident.   

“City resolutions for peace with Iran allow local governments to support peace and diplomacy, and express opposition to further US military aggression,” states Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and Global exchange. One of CODEPINK's best-known mottos (and the title of the group's 2005 book) is Stop the Next War Now! In light of ongoing belligerent remarks of US officials and presidential candidates toward Iran, CODEPINK, Global Exchange and Cities for Progress launched a campaign to encourage cities to pass resolutions calling for diplomacy with Iran, not war.  San Francisco and Berkeley have already passed resolutions against a military attack of Iran. Tonight in Richmond, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Councilmembers Tony Thurmond and Maria Viramontes of the Richmond City Council will also be introducing a similar resolution for peace with Iran.

For more information on the Cities for Peace campaign, please visit www.codepinkalert.org/iran

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