CAN-TV will cablecast and stream this press conference on cable channel 27 (in Chicago) and at youtube.com/chicantv starting at 10 a.m.
Wednesday 10:00 am
What: Press Conference
When: Wednesday September 11, 10:00 am
Where: Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago
Tonight Pres. Obama will attempt to sell a bombing campaign against Syria as a “humanitarian intervention,” despite vigorous protests opposing such an attack across the U.S. in recent days. Public opinion polls also continue to show a decided majority opposed to a US attack on Syria.
The morning following Pres. Obama’s address to the nation, voices of conscience will dispute his contentions, both that an attack has any “humanitarian” goals or outcomes and that it has any basis in law. Confirmed speakers now include Father Bob Bossie (SCJ) recently retired from 8th Day Center for Justice* who participated in multiple delegations to Iraq before the US invasion in 2003; H. Candace Gorman, Guantanamo defense attorney with experience at the International Criminal Court at the Hague; Dr. Theodore Jennings, scholar, theologian and author, from Chicago Theological Seminary*; Mario Venegas, human rights activist with Illinois Coalition Against Torture* and a survivor of torture under the Pinochet regime of Chile (tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of that US-backed coup); and Rev. Eugene Winkler, former pastor at Chicago Temple First United Methodist Church.* (More to be confirmed)
Jay Becker, World Can’t Wait Chicago, said today: “These voices of conscience will dissect the President’s arguments, explaining why a U.S. military attack upon Syria would be the supreme international war crime, a war of aggression upon a country that has not attacked and does not threaten the United States. The President is grounding his case for war on alleged humanitarian concerns. These recognized religious and legal experts will present powerful arguments refuting those claims and calling on all people of conscience to oppose such an attack.”
* For identification purposes only