For Immediate Release: January 30th, 2006
Contact:  Gael Murphy 202-412-6700
Allison Yorra 202- 487-5112


Bush Critics to Offer Their Own Perspective on the State of the Union

Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan, Congress Members John Conyers and Lynn Woolsey, Hurricane Katrina Survivor Malik Rahim, and Others to Speak at People's State of the Union Event in DC

WHEN: Tuesday, January 31, 3 PM
 
WHERE:
Stewart R. Mott House, 122 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC
 
WHAT: Prominent critics of President Bush's response to the country's most severe crises of 2005 – the ongoing Iraq war and the impact of Hurricane Katrina – will offer their perspectives on the real state of the union at a “People's State of the Union” event on Tuesday, January 31st, 3 PM at the Stewart R. Mott House in Washington, DC. That evening, President Bush will make his official State of the Union address.
 
The People's State of the Union event will feature:
 
Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), who recently introduced several resolutions that could lead to the censure of the president and vice president
 
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), author of legislation asking President Bush to develop and implement a plan to begin the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq
 
Gold star mother Cindy Sheehan, who is considering running for CA Senator Dianne Feinstein's seat this November as a progressive anti-war candidate

Malik Rahim, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina who works with the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans
 
Ann Wright, a former high-ranking Foreign Service officer and Army Reserves colonel who resigned from the State Department in protest over the Iraq war.
 
John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies, which has released several reports on the cost of the Iraq war.
 
The People's State of the Union events are being organized by the national women's peace group CODEPINK (www.codepinkalert.org).

Later in the day, many of the speakers will gather at the restaurant Busboys and Poets for a public viewing of the President's State of the Union address. That event will take place at 8 PM at Busboys and Poets at 2021 Fourteenth Street, N.W. (corner or 14th and V). The evening event will be simulcast by Pacifica Radio Washington Bureau Chief Verna Avery Brown.