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Assessments of the State of the Union Address

The following analysts and activists are available to critique various aspects of the State of the Union address.

IPA will be producing a PDF critique of the State of the Union for public distribution by Wednesday morning, available here.

FRANCES FOX PIVEN
Author of the book The War at Home: The Domestic Costs of Bush’s Militarism, Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.
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MEIZHU LUI
Lui is executive director of United for a Fair Economy.
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VALDA FORD
Ford is director of community and multicultural affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
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QUENTIN YOUNG
IDA HELLANDER
Young is coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program; Hellander is executive director for the group and co-editor of the book Bleeding the Patient: The Consequences of Corporate Healthcare.
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JACQUELINE CABASSO
JOHN BURROUGHS
Executive director of the California-based Western States Legal Foundation, Cabasso has written many articles assessing nuclear policy. Burroughs is executive director of the New York-based Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy. He can address the situation with Iran and issues of nuclear weapons generally. They are among the contributors to the new blog Disarmament Activist.
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NASEER ARURI
Aruri is chancellor professor emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Author of numerous books on the Mideast, he can address U.S. policy in the region, particularly on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iraq war.

SIBEL EDMONDS
Edmonds is director of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition. She wrote the recent article “Illegal and Indiscriminate Spying Hurts Our National Security, Here Is Why.”
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JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
Van Bergen is author of the article “The Unitary Executive: Is The Doctrine Behind the Bush Presidency Consistent with a Democratic State?”
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CINDY SHEEHAN
MALIK RAHIM
ANN WRIGHT
Sheehan is author of the new book Not One More Mother’s Child; Rahim is a political activist from New Orleans; Wright was a diplomat in the State Department for 15 years before resigning in March 2003, protesting the then-impending invasion of Iraq. They will be among the speakers at a “People’s State of the Union” at the Stewart R. Mott House, 122 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. at 3 p.m. Tuesday. They will also be among the participants at a public viewing and response to the State of the Union at Bus Boys and Poets restaurant and bookstore Tuesday evening, at 14th and V, NW, Washington, D.C., all of which will be carried live at Pacifica Radio.

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167