For Immediate Release
Jean Stevens, CODEPINK national media coordinator, 508-769-2138
Dana Balicki, CODEPINK campaigns coordinator, 202-422-8624
America Demands A Peace President!
CODEPINK and Other Activist Groups to Rally Outside Presidential Candidate Debate at Hofstra
HEMPSTEAD, New York - Forget talking points, scripted questions and winks. At this week's presidential debate at Hofstra University, the best, grittiest action will be outside.
WHAT: Pro-peace, pro-diplomacy, pro-America rally outside final presidential candidate debate
WHEN: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Weds. Oct. 15
WHERE: Corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Uniondale Ave, Hempstead, NY
*Interviews available before event
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 Catholic Charities.
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 non-violence. Codepinkalert.org.