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Jean Stevens, CODEPINK national media coordinator, 646-723-1781
America demands a peace president!
CODEPINK and other activist groups to rally TODAY outside presidential candidate debate at Hofstra
WHAT: Pro-peace, pro-diplomacy, pro-America rally outside final presidential candidate debate
WHEN: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., TODAY (Oct. 15)
WHERE: Corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Uniondale Ave, Hempstead, NY
*Interviews available before event
HEMPSTEAD, NY -- Forget talking points, scripted questions and winks.
At today's presidential debate at Hofstra University, the best,
grittiest action will be outside.
Veterans, teachers, labor workers and other Americans with demands
for the candidates -- on ending the war and investing in health care
and education -- will gather there with banners, signs and chants to
send the message to both Sen. Barack Obama and John McCain that they
want a peace president! They must stand for diplomacy and avoid war
with Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iran -- after spending $560 billion and
losing 4,000 American lives on an unjust war in Iraq, we cannot afford
another, especially in the midst of a catastrophic financial crisis.
To get the rally started, CODEPINK Women for Peace, the prominent
peace activist group, and others will meet at 4:30 p.m. at Hempstead Turnpike and
Uniondale Ave. and walk west toward the university. They will continue
the rally until 6:30 p.m.
The women and other activists will also gather Thursday, Oct. 16,
outside the Waldorf-Astoria at 51st. St. and Park Ave. where Obama and
McCain will be speaking at the Al Smith Dinner, a fundraiser for the
For more information, please call Jean Stevens at 508-769-2138.
CODEPINK, founded in 2002, is a
women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to
end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into
health care, education and other life-affirming activities. We reject
the Bush administration's fear-based politics that justify violence,
and instead call for policies based on compassion, kindness and a
commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor,
CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a
community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to