In 2000, Nader was on the ballot in 43 states. He expects
to be on the ballot in more states this year.
Nader will speak about the Iraq war. Local activists and
community groups are being invited to table at the event, recruit new
members, and distribute literature. This pattern was used successfully
during the Nader Super Rallies of 2000-2003. "Nader breathes new life
into community groups wherever he goes," said Jason Kafoury, national
field coordinator for the Nader campaign.
Parents are invited to bring their children to the Benson
event. Facilities and personnel will be available to entertain children.
1000 registered Oregon voters need to attend before the
convention will be empowered to place Nader on the Oregon ballot. An
attempt to place Nader on the ballot by convention in April fell short
by more than 200 voters.
"Last time Ralph's schedule was bringing him to town, so we
decided to try to do a quick effort to pull a convention together and
get him on the ballot," said Greg Kafoury, a Portland lawyer and an
architect of the Nader Super Rallies. "Many people assumed it would be
easy to gather 1000 people, so they did not feel their attendance was
necessary. Our organizational efforts were inadequate, and we have had
to live with the knowledge that we embarrassed Mr. Nader. We will not
make the same mistakes again. Everyone will know how important it is
that they be there for Ralph."
"Bush's policy in Iraq has created a military quagmire and
a political and moral disaster," said Jason Kafoury. "When John Kerry
is asked how his policy would differ from George Bush, he gives us no
answer. If we are to debate the Iraq War this November, the man who
will force the debate is Ralph Nader."
Jason Kafoury | firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto: email@example.com>
tel: 202-265-4000 | fax: 202-265-0092
P.O. Box 18002 Washington DC, 20036
(202) 465-2764 (c)
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