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Swanson at National Press Club on Wednesday Evening

David Swanson to Speak on "How We Fund Wars"

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, 2010
A McClendon Group Event
The McClendon Room
The National Press Club
Washington, D.C.
Open to the Public

David Swanson is the author of "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union" by Seven Stories Press (2009). He holds a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. Swanson has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. More about him:

Swanson will speak and take questions on the subject of war funding, where it comes from, how we keep producing it, how long it can continue, and how it relates to other public spending, borrowing, and debt. The latest supplemental war spending bill passed by the House on July 1st is awaiting action in the Senate. Here are a few recent articles by David Swanson:

When Teachers Unions Back War Escalations

The Peace Movement's Progress

Democrats Forced to Cheat to Fund War

Bruce Fein Schools Henry Kissinger


Here's the official announcement:

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McClendon Group Meeting

Speaker: David Swanson: Author, Blogger, Activist

Subject: Funding of the Wars

When: July 14th, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Where: National Press Club, McClendon Room


With the United States at war for the longest time in American history, those who are both for and against the war frequently point to the continuing funding of the conflict by Congress as the key issue that needs to be addressed. Our speaker for this session has centered his efforts on this theme in most of his books and public appearrances.

David Swanson is an unabashed liberal who wrote the recently published book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He was press secretary for Congressman Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign and wrote the introduction to his "35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush."

From 2000 to 2003, Swanson was the communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which has recently closed its doors after the adverse publicity generated by the undercover video that was released by Republican operatives.

An a leading peace activist, Swanson was instrumental in making the Downing Street Memo known to Congress and the public, and he has devised and promoted a variety of websites for the peace and justice movements.

Since Mr. Swanson has never been accused of being ambiguous on any subject, you won't want to miss this session.

So plan to be with us...and please remember to bring a friend!

John Edward Hurley


N.B. National Press Club members may attend this event free of charge (except for the cost of dinner). Dinner with our speaker will be at 6:30pm in the McClendon Room of the National Press Club. The voluntary but suggested donation for others to cover our expenses is $5.00. Parking is FREE with National Press Club dinner validation of your parking receipt from the PMI Garage on G St. NW (between 13th & 14th streets, NW).

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