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---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 21:44:45 -0500 Subject: National Send off for Iraq Sanctions Challenge Iraq Sanctions Challenge 39 West 14th Street, #206 New York, NY 10011 212-633-6646 Fax: 212-633-2889 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.iacenter.org/iraqchallenge For Immediate Release Attention: Assignment Editor Press Contacts: Deirdre Sinnott, Greg Butterfield 212-633-6646 April 22, 1998 MASS INDOOR RALLY IN NYC MAY 5 TO SUPPORT IRAQ SANCTIONS CHALLENGE RAMSEY CLARK & BISHOP THOMAS GUMBLETON TO LEAD LARGEST CHALLENGE TO U.S./UN SANCTIONS WITH MEDICAL AID A mass indoor rally in New York on May 5 will support religious leaders, medical professionals and anti-war activists traveling to Iraq to bring badly-needed medical supplies, the Iraq Sanctions Challenge announced today. Hundreds are expected to flood Judson Memorial Church at 6:30 pm to hear former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, and others. Clark and Gumbleton will lead a 100-person delegation to Iraq May 6 to 13, 1998, in opposition to the U.S./UN sanctions. The Iraq Sanctions Challenge will take tons of medicine and medical supplies to Iraq as an act of friendship and solidarity with the Iraqi people, who have suffered more than 1.5 million deaths as a result of eight years of sanctions. In an April 15 letter to members of the United Nations Security Council, Ramsey Clark wrote: "The Security Council must acknowledge that its sanctions against Iraq violate the Genocide and Geneva Conventions. Those sanctions are made `_ with intent to destroy_ the national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such_ [by]_ deliberately inflicting_ conditions of life calculated to bring about [its] physical destruction in whole or in part_' The Geneva Conventions prohibit `starvation of civilians as a means of warfare.' "A death occurs in Iraq on the average every two to three minutes as a direct result of the sanctions," wrote Clark. "More than 1,500,000 human beings have died, the vast majority infants, children and the elderly, since August 6, 1990_ when sanctions were first voted by the Security Council." Besides being the largest delegation from the United States to defy the sanctions, the Iraq Sanctions Challenge will also bring the largest donation of medical aid. Millions of dollars worth of medicines have been collected for the trip, including large amounts of antibiotics, anti-parisitics, heart medications, anti- malaria medicines, and other basic necessities prohibited by U.S./UN sanctions. Others on the delegation include Rev. Lucius Walker of Pastors for Peace; Christoph Arnold, author and elder of the Bruderhof Community; Sara Flounders, Gloria La Riva and Brian Becker of the International Action Center; Clayton Remy of Fellowship of Reconciliation; Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness; Kadouri Al Kaysi of the Committee in Support of the Iraqi People; Ahmed El Sherif the President of American Muslim Council, Mid-West; Sonya Ostrom of Metro New York Peace Action; Attorney Michael Tarif Warren; Dr. Barbara Nimri Aziz (anthropologist); and Manzoor Ghori of the American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice. More details about the sanctions and the Iraq Sanctions Challenge are available on the web site: http://www.iacenter.org/iraqchallenge. _30_ -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email email@example.com, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html