(en)Crack the CIA! Press Conference

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Mon, 19 May 1997 23:26:17 +0000

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For your information: from The !Crack the CIA! Coalition

The !Crack the CIA! Coalition, which drew 4,000 people into the streets of Los Angeles in February to protest CIA and government involvement in drug trafficking and human rights abuses, will hold a press conference on Tuesday, May 20, 1997 at 8:30 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 1713 W. 108 Street, Los Angeles, to announce plans for its ongoing educational and organizing activities.

The Coalition is calling for a national demonstration in Los Angeles next year, to seek full disclosure of, and accountability for, government involvement in the international distributioo of cocaine and other such crimes. Plans are also underway for a joint teach-in and press conference in Mexico, along with groups from the Mexican labor, human rights and civic democracy movements. In addition, Dick Gregory, noted African-American humorist and activist, who has been leading a series of hunger strikes and civil disobedience actions at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, is coming to Los Angeles under the auspices of the Coalition to hold two "edu-tainment" benefit programs.

According to Dedon Kamathi, one of the three co-chairs of the Coalition, along with Sabina Virgo and Armando Martinez, the Coalition sees the "non-retraction retraction" by the editor of the San Jose Mercury-News of its story on the CIA-Contra-crack connection, as vindication of the Coalition's efforts. "The heat we are generating, in expressing the demands of diverse communities for an end to the white-wash, has resulted in increased pressure on any independent voices in the media. But in fact, all the attacks on Gary Webb's original story - which basically still stands - come down to the fact that it didn't show the whole picture. And that's true. CIA- Contra involvement in supplying cocaine to L.A. drug dealers is only the tip of the iceberg. There is a mountain of documentary and eye-witness evidence of CIA involvement in drug production and distribution in Mexico, Haiti, Bolivia, Burma and elsewhere. And the CIA and the government have used the phony drug war to justify human rights abuses against the people in those countries and in the U.S. itself."

Representatives of the !Crack the CIA! Coalition and some of it constituent member organizations will be available to talk with the press.

For more information, please contact Michael Novick, press coordinator for the Coalition, at 310-288-6108. mnovickttt@igc.org

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