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Interviews Available: Women and War

Saturday is International Women’s Day and March is Women’s History Month. The following analysts and activists are available for interviews on issues of war and peace:

JODY WILLIAMS
Recently back from Burma, Williams is the 1997 Noble Peace Laureate for her work on the Mine Ban Treaty. She said today: “The ‘relevance’ of the United Nations does stand in the balance. I believe the institution will be severely damaged if members of the Security Council concede to intense pressure by one member state and vote for war while UN weapons inspections are bearing results.”
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KATHY KELLY
Co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness and the Iraq Peace Team, Kelly is currently in Iraq.

AMY MOONEY, HEIDI HOLLIDAY
Along with other members of Voices in the Wilderness, they celebrated Ash Wednesday in front of Boeing headquarters yesterday in Chicago. Boeing is the country’s second-largest weapons company.
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Sr. SIMONE CAMPBELL
Executive director of JERICHO, Campbell is a nun and a lawyer. She was in Iraq this December
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PHYLLIS BENNIS
A fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, Bennis is author of several books on the Mideast and the UN and is closely following developments regarding Iraq.
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MARJORIE COHN
A professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Cohn is executive vice president of the National Lawyers Guild. She said today: “If the Security Council is deadlocked, the General Assembly, under the UN’s Uniting for Peace resolution, can take action, including the use of troops, to maintain or restore international peace and security.”
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MEDEA BENJAMIN, JODIE EVANS
They are founders of Code Pink, a women’s peace group that has maintained a vigil in front of the White House for months and is organizing events this weekend with notables including Alice Walker.
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LEAH WELLS
Education coordinator for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Wells just returned from Iraq. A teacher, she is establishing a letters exchange program between students in the U.S. and in Iraq.
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NANCY LESSIN,
A founding member of Military Families Speak Out, Lessin’s son is deployed in the Persian Gulf.
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SARAH BROWNING
A poet who has held a number of positions advancing the arts, Browning has contributed to Poets Against the War.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167