Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Protestors target anti-Arab/Muslim Congressman Mark Kirk and his pro-war policies

Americans Against Escalation in Iraq
For Immediate Release
Contact: Josh Levin
July 2nd, 2007

Veterans Turn Up the Heat on Congressman Mark Kirk Over Iraq War

National “Iraq Summer" Campaign Targets Three in Illinois Highlighting New Voices Tired of Endless Iraq War

Northbrook, IL – A growing coalition of veterans, families of veterans, faith leaders and peace activists will take aim at Congressman Mark Kirk for his support of President Bush’s Iraq policy this Tuesday. The effort, one of three in Illinois and 40 nationwide, is part of the “Iraq Summer” campaign. Over the next ten weeks, a barrage of events, letter writing campaigns, volunteer activities, internet organizing and resolution efforts directed at Kirk, Tim Johnson (IL-15) and Ray LaHood (IL-18) will call on the lawmakers to reject President Bush's failed policy of endless war and vote for the safe, responsible redeployment of American troops out of Iraq.

"Iraq Summer" is a nationwide campaign organized by Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, which is dispatching nearly 100 organizers to the home states and districts of Republican Senators and Representatives who have opposed setting a timeline to end the war in Iraq. The program is modeled on the "Freedom Summer" civil rights project. Organizers will be in fifteen states from Nevada to Maine, a total of 40 congressional districts.

What: Launch of "Iraq Summer," Campaign to Turn the Heat Up on Congressman Mark Kirk

Who: Ray Parrish, Veteran Counselor and Vietnam Veteran; Americans Against Escalation in Iraq

Where: Outside the office of Congressman Mark Kirk, 707 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook, IL 60062. Exit the Edens Expressway (I-94) at Dundee Rd, head west 0.2 miles to Skokie Blvd, turn right (north) and go to the office building next to Morton’s Steakhouse.

When: Tuesday, July 3rd, 11am