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Inauguration: Policy and Protest

The following will be available to comment on Bush’s speech today and underlying policies:

STEPHEN ZUNES
Zunes is a professor of politics and chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco, and Mideast editor of Foreign Policy in Focus.
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SUSAN AKRAM
Akram, associate professor at the Boston University School of Law, is available to talk about legal issues, particularly civil liberties and refugee rights.

JACQUELINE CABASSO
Executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation, Cabasso is available to comment on nuclear weapons generally and U.S. foreign policy with respect to nuclear weapons proliferation.
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DAPHNE WYSHAM
Director of Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, Wysham can address climate change, the World Bank, debt and how it relates to the tsunami and other development issues.
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Sgt. KEVIN BENDERMAN, MONICA BENDERMAN
Benderman, a sergeant in the 3rd Infantry Division, is seeking conscientious objector status and has just been charged with desertion. Monica is Kevin’s wife and is also available for interviews on his case.
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PAUL LOEB
Loeb is the editor of The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear and can talk about the role of the citizen in affecting political change.
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The following are in Washington, D.C., at the inauguration or at protests surrounding it:

ANTHONY ARNOVE
Arnove is editor with Howard Zinn of the recently released Voices of a People’s History of the United States.
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NANCY LESSIN, CHARLEY RICHARDSON
Lessin and Richardson are co-founders of Military Families Speak Out, which is attempting to organize meetings with Pentagon head Donald Rumsfeld and families of members of the military who have died as a result of the war in Iraq.
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MEDEA BENJAMIN, ANDREA BUFFA, JODIE EVANS
Benjamin, Buffa and Evans are with the women’s peace group Code Pink.
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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