FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANTI-WAR CONVERGENCE AT UNITED NATIONS,
MONDAY, JAN. 27;
PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11 A.M.
ACTIVISTS TO GREET BLIX, UN INSPECTORS
A coalition of peace groups is calling on Americans opposed to the invasion of Iraq to join a convergence and rally at the United Nations on Monday, January 27, at 9 a.m. Chief UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix is scheduled to present his report on Iraq that morning, and regardless of his conclusions, the Bush Administration is expected to push for an invasion in its effort to control Mideast oil resources.
The rally will take place at the Isaiah Wall, First Avenue and East 43rd Street, opposite the main entrance to UN Headquarters.
A press conference will follow at 11 a.m. at the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor. Speaking and answering questions will be Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Middle East Project, author of Before & After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis (Interlink Publishing, 2002); and Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights and international human rights lawyer.
At noon, the New York City Forum of Concerned Religious Leaders will hold a Prayerful Meditation for Peace in the ground-floor chapel of the Church Center. Activists will re-converge from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, East 47th Street and First Avenue, to again send the message, “Not In Our Name!”
The UN Church Center will be open to offer warm space and refreshments to activists, press, and the public from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.
No Blood For Oil (www.nbfo.net), Not In Our Name (www.notinourname.net), United For Peace (www.unitedforpeace.org), New York City Forum of Concerned Religious Leaders (http://www.judson.org/wtc/forum_state.htm)