Friday, December 16, 2005

NEWS ADVISORY Green Party anti-war leader to challenge Sen. Feinstein in California

For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 15, 2005
Contact: Cres Vellucci, campaign press secretary,

Attention: Assignment Desk

SF anti-war leader calls for 'referendum' on Iraq, will officially launch 'A Million Votes for Peace' campaign to unseat Dianne Feinstein

SAN FRANCISCO - A former organizer for Ralph Nader's presidential campaign and co-author of the "College Not Combat" initiative on the San Francisco ballot last month will formally declare his candidacy for US Senate Thursday to unseat longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein - and use the campaign as a referendum on the war and occupation in Iraq.

Todd Chretien, 36, of Oakland, will launch his "A Million Votes for Peace" campaign at news conference and major rally of his supporters on THURSDAY, 10 a.m. at Feinstein's office (1 Post
Street in San Francisco).

Mr. Chretien will be joined by anti-war activists from throughout California, including Green Party leaders Matt Gonzalez, Peter Camejo, Renee Saucedo and Aimee Allison, Richmond City Councilwoman Gayle McGlaughlin, National Council of Arab Americans representative Dr. Jess Ghannam and Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) president Nativo Lopez, among others.

Mr. Chretien, who has said the current elections in Iraq will "solve nothing," will comment on results from the elections during his Thursday news conference.

He will also comment on Feinstein's support for the USA Patriot Act, her opposition to immigrant drivers licenses, gay marriage and her support for the death penalty.

The Green Party intends to run its most ambitious statewide race ever - because the Republican Party has not yet fielded a candidate against Sen. Feinstein, it raises the possibility of a two-person, Green v. Democrat race.


Distributed by the Green Party of the United


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