Report and audio from March 6th Press conference in DC

On March 6, the organizers of the March on the Pentagon held a press conference at the National Press Club. The speakers included Cindy Sheehan, Carlos Arredondo, Eugene Puryear, Mahdi Bray, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Mounzer Sleiman, Debra Sweet, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, and Mike Marceau. Please find below pictures and audio from each speaker's presentation. The press conference was chaired by Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, whose comments precede each speaker.

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Cindy Sheehan

"One of the reasons we are marching on the pentagon on March 17 is for impeachment and accountability… The Bush regime has committed so many crimes against humanity, they are enemies of humanity and that is one of the reasons we must march... The real issues are ending the occupation of Iraq to save our soldiers and save the people of Iraq and the real issue is not to invade Iran….We must march…" - Cindy Sheehan

Hear Cindy Sheehan:

Arredondo_250Carlos Arredondo

"I am protecting my son's honor. It is my duty to speak out, I honor my son by speaking out against the war…..I woke up this morning and we lost 9  service men and dozens of Iraqi citizens and this has to stop. I don’t support this administration at all. …It is time for the American people to stand up and do something about it because we have a responsibility to your communities, your country and the rest of the world."

- Carlos Arredondo, father of Lcpl. Alex Arredondo, USMC, killed in Iraq:

Hear Carlos Arredondo:



Brian Becker200 Eugene Puryear

Hear Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition 
and Eugene Puryear, a Howard University student
Click here to hear their speeches


Mahdi Bray
Hear Mahdi Bray, Executive Director, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation: 
Click here to hear his speech

Hear Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.,
Director of the Hip Hop Caucus:
Click here to hear his speech

Hear Debra Sweet, National Coordinator of World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime:
Click here to hear her speech

Hear Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, co-founder of Partnership for Civil Justice: 
Click here to hear her speech

Hear Mounzer Sleiman, Vice-chair
of National Council of Arab-Americans:
Click here to hear his speech

Mike Marceau
Mike Marceau, Veterans for Peace - DC, Chapter 16: 
Click here to hear his speech  

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