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McGovern and Bonifaz to Headline Teach-In
Former C.I.A. Analyst Ray McGovern and Attorney John Bonifaz Will Headline Progressive Democrats� Panel Discussion In Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 3
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) � Tim Carpenter, National Director of Progressive Democrats of America, announced today that former C.I.A. Analyst Ray McGovern and author and attorney John Bonifaz will headline the organization�s Teach-In this Friday, June 3.
McGovern and Bonifaz will detail the misdeeds by the U.S. President and a possible movement by members of Congress to move to a Resolution of Inquiry as a result of what has been revealed in the Downing Street Minutes. Details of topics, speakers and the event location follow.
The PDA Teach-In is part of ongoing efforts to bring organized pressure to elected officials at the city, state and federal level to end the war and occupation of Iraq. In addition to the Downing Street Memo, speakers will discuss:
� Status of House Concurrent Resolution 35 authored by Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) which recently won the support of 128 House members including 5 Republicans and expresses the will of Congress that the President immediate present an exit strategy for U.S. armed forces in Iraq
� Tour of Iraq labor officials supported by PDA during their upcoming visit to the U.S.
� Petition drive to challenge DNC Chairman Howard Dean on Iraq war policy
� Counter-recruitment of American youth
� Campaign to bring home the National Guard
� Continued efforts to pass anti-war resolutions by State Democratic Parties following successes in California, New Mexico and Massachusetts
The Teach-In will be presented as a panel discussion moderated by PDA Political Advisor Steve Cobble. The format allows each speaker to make 10-minute opening statements. A moderated audience Q &A will follow for the balance of the event. Speakers include:
� RAY MCGOVERN, spent 27 years as a C.I.A. analyst under every presidential administration from John F. Kennedy to George H.W. Bush. In 2003, McGovern joined several intelligence community alumni to form Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity to address what they consider serious lapses in judgment and ethics by U.S. Intelligence. He is currently the co-director of Servant Leadership School, part of the Jubiliee Ministries of the not-for-profit Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. The School deals with the biblical injunction to �speak truth to power�.
� JOHN BONIFAZ, co-authored with Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) the new book �Warrior King: the Case For Impeaching George W. Bush�. He is the staff attorney for the Center for Responsive Politics, a leading research authority on the influence of private money in federal elections.
� GENE BRUSKIN, co-convenor of U.S. Labor Against War (USLAW)
� REVEREND LENNOX YEARWOOD, president and CEO of Hip Hop Caucus
Friday, June 3
University of D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law
Firebird Inn � Building 39, B-Level
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
This facility provides for Universal Access
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