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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 28, 2006
6:44 PM

CONTACT: Peace Action
Scott Lynch 301.565.4050x330mobile-703.725.5680
Paul Kawika Martin, (951) 217-7285 mobile

 
At DC Gandhi Statue: Opposition to Bush’s Defiling of Gandhi Peace Memorial
 
SILVER SPRING, Maryland - February 28 -

Who: Kevin Martin, the Executive Director of Peace Action Education Fund, Gordon Clark, the Coordinator of the Iraq Pledge of Resistance and Carah Ong, the Office Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will speak about the hypocrisy of Bush’s plans to lay a wreath at the Gandhi memorial in India on Thursday. They will also speak in opposition to Bush’s plans to sell sensitive nuclear technology to India.

What: Press conference and photo op in front of Gandhi statue with Indian Embassy as a backdrop.

Where: Washington DC, Corner of Q St NW and Massachusetts Ave NW, in Gandhi park (btwn 21st and 22nd on Mass Ave).

When: March 1, 2006 11:30 AM

Why: “Bush’s presidency is steeped in war and violence. Bush’s policies and record in government have been and continue to be antithetical to the teachings of Gandhi. It is hard to imagine a public relations stunt crasser than that of Bush paying false homage to Gandhi—a man who gave his life to the pursuit of non-violent change.” said Kevin Martin, Executive Director of Peace Action.

Photo opportunity: Other participants will be holding posters with the likeness of Gandhi the say, “Gandhi says No Nukes No War” in front of Gandhi statue with Indian Embassy as a backdrop.

Background:

Bush should not visit Gandhi memorial: Peaceniks
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1430344.cms

Bush, Gandhi, and the Bomb
http://www.peace-action.org/PeaceBlog/wordpress/?p=137

Nation's Largest Peace Group Denounces Cynical Bush Plan to Lay Memorial Wreath in Honor of Mahatma Gandhi on Trip to India
http://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0227-02.htm

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