P R E S S R E L E A S E
Date: January 14, 2008
To: News Editor[s]
For: IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Conference on Wednesday January 16, 2008,
Cannon House Office Building Terrace, 12:00 noon.
Re: Vermonter Walks to Washington for Impeachment
Contact: John Nirenberg E-mail: email@example.com
John Nirenberg, of Brattleboro, VT, completed a walk from Boston to Washington, D.C. (yes, that’s right, he walked all the way), to insist to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush and Richard Cheney be put “back on the table.” When he arrived at his destination at the National Archives Building, he and several supporters were prohibited by guards from entering the Constitution exhibit. The reason: They were wearing “Impeach Bush and Cheney” t-shirts.
Nirenberg began his impassioned trek, under the banner of “March In My Name,” on Saturday, December 1st, at Boston’s Faneuil Hall, the place where earlier Americans gathered to plan their resistance to King George. He arrived in D.C. Saturday after marching for 40 days.
For more information see www.marchinmyname.org
“We voted for change in 2006, but the Democrats aren’t doing what we elected them to do. The war goes on; the torture continues. Torture! Can you believe we actually discuss water-boarding, and the ‘legality’ of beating prisoners until they’re just short of organ failure and death? And what about suspending the right of habeas corpus? And of conducting illegal spying on American citizens? What has happened to this country — and how have we let it happen?
“How did Speaker Pelosi ever think of taking impeachment off the table? If Congress abrogates its responsibility to hold this administration accountable for flagrant disregard of the Constitution and for egregious law breaking — thus giving a virtual pardon to obvious lawbreakers and silently amending the Constitution to grant the executive powers given to Congress, how can we speak to the rest of the world of the genius of our system of checks and balances, if we allow it to be so dangerously imbalanced? How do we explain to our children what we are supposed to be fighting for in Iraq ?”
“No, the Bush/Cheney administration must be investigated for their complete disregard for the U.S. Constitution. That’s why I’m on this campaign, that’s why I literally walked my talk: I want more and more Americans to become aware of this appalling situation — and to do something about it.”