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Ralph Nader to press Nancy Pelosi to end the war and for accountability to constituents


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What: Nader Press Conference
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2007
Time: 11 am
Location: Philip Burton Federal Building Plaza, 450
Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco

Ralph Nader, along with constituents of Congresswoman
Nancy Pelosi, will hold a press conference during
which Nader will urge Pelosi to use her position as
Speaker of the House to end the funding for the Iraq
war. He will also be announcing the formation of a
Pelosi watchdog group.

When Nader was last in San Francisco for an event at
the Roxie Theater on December 28, 2006, he challenged
the audience to form a Pelosi Watch group. Medea
Benjamin and other activists from the Green Party,
Code Pink and other groups responded to the call, and
they will be launching a Pelosi Watch website next
week. The website will host updates on Pelosi's
actions, op eds, blogs and legislative positions,
including her votes on appropriations for the Iraq
war. Nader is watching the actions of Democrats on the
war, and he has said that he has not yet decided
whether he will make another presidential bid in 2008.

Nader is speaking at the federal building to
underscore the demand of growing numbers of people for
Pelosi to use her power as Speaker and her leadership
role in the Democratic Party to end the war quickly.
Nader's press conference comes a day after members of
Code Pink, the women's anti-war group, held a
Valentine's Day action in which they delivered hearts
to Pelosi. The hearts contained messages urging her
to defund the war and requesting that she meet with
anti-war groups in the district before the month's
end.

Code Pink's actions were the first, and Nader's group
the second, of a series of visits Pelosi's office to
be made by various groups being coordinated by the
Pelosi Lobby Project. The Pelosi Lobby Project is an
ad hoc group of individuals representing various
anti-war groups that is coordinating ongoing lobbying
efforts in the Speaker's San Francisco office. Its
mission is to get Pelosi to take the lead in efforts
to defund the war and get all U.S. troops out of the
Middle East. The Project is now doing outreach to
expand the number of individuals and community groups
who will lobby Pelosi and then post report-backs at
www.pelosiwatch.us, previously the Krissy Keefer for
Congress website. Several groups are scheduled to make
visits next week.

Nader, well known for his presidential campaigns and
citizen advocacy, is in town giving lectures about his
new book "The Seventeen Traditions." A new
documentary on his life and accomplishments, "An
Unreasonable Man," will have its San Francisco
premiere March 9th at the Lumiere Theater.

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