For Immediate Release


Alice Chan, (707) 829-1949, cell (707) -696-6142

Coalition for Grassroots Progress

Picket Line for Civil Liberties Will Greet Nancy Pelosi At High-Dollar Fundraiser in North Bay This Saturday

WASHINGTON - Declaring that “it’s unacceptable to violate the requirements of the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments for a free press, privacy and due process,” a grassroots coalition based in the North Bay has announced plans to picket at the appearance of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at a high-dollar fundraiser in Marin County.

Date and start time of picket protest: Saturday, July 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Location: Intersection of Golden Gate Ave. and Eucalyptus Rd., Belvedere 94920

The Coalition for Grassroots Progress is organizing the protest at the Pelosi event, citing the powerful congresswoman’s support for surveillance programs of the National Security Agency. The Associated Press has reported on “her defense of the Obama administration’s classified surveillance of U.S. residents’ phone and Internet records.”

Pelosi is scheduled to appear as the guest of honor at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Belvedere, where tickets for the reception range from $2,000 to $32,400 per couple.

Speakers at the picket-line protest will include Bob Harmon, former chair and current secretary of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Marin County Chapter. Harmon, a longtime resident of Mill Valley, is a former vice-chair of the Democratic Party Central Committee of Marin.

Also among the scheduled speakers is Lawrence Bragman, the two-term mayor of Fairfax who has been a member of the Fairfax Town Council for 10 years. An attorney who has been practicing civil and criminal law since 1982, he is a former president of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association and has served as director of the Marin Telecommunications Agency.

Other speakers will include Alice Chan, a leader of Progressive Democrats Sonoma County who is an elected delegate from Assembly District 10 to the California Democratic Central Committee. Chan is co-chair of the Coalition for Grassroots Progress.

“It’s unacceptable for the government to target the telephone records of journalists, or to vacuum up the phone-call records of hundreds of millions of Americans, or to capture and store everyone’s emails, or to jettison centuries-long principles of due process and habeas corpus,” the coalition said in a statement.

Picketing will begin at 1:30 p.m., and speeches will start at 2 p.m. After the conclusion of speeches, the picket line will loop through Eucalyptus Road.


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