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Pre-Event Welcome: Congresswoman Barbara Lee's Town Hall

Good morning. My name is Keith Kamisugi and I'll be covering Congresswoman Barbara Lee's town hall meeting highlighting the Bush administration’s failure to address the questions raised by the Downing Street Memo and other documents. Today, July 23, marks the third anniversary of the Downing Street meeting between U.S and British officials whose minutes have prompted questions that intelligence was "fixed" to justify invasion.

We're here at the historic Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland. Opened in 1926, the theatre was designed by Reid Brothers, the same firm that designed the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and the Oaks Theater in Berkeley. It was also here that I saw the premiere of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" in a packed house.

The Congresswoman's staff are finishing final preparations for the event and we'll be posting about every 10-15 minutes starting at 10:45 a.m. Pacific.

If you have any questions/comments while we're blogging here, please email me at I can't promise to answer all the questions, but ping me anyway.


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Please tell me what the crowd is like.

I can't even see most of the stage from where we're sitting. People are standing in the aisle here as Congresswoman Lee opens the program. The crowd is a good mix of people, young and old, people of color...

Thank-you. are they passionate about things?

The crowd is incredibly passionate and receptive! Lots of allies here.

Any media? Those urchins anywhere around? Any famous Republicans, LOL...
are they gonna have any more of these in the future?

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