For immediate release: September 22, 2004
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GREEN VP CANDIDATE RETURNS TO THE PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT OF HER YOUTH
Pat LaMarche's Left Out Tour: Day 3
Declaring that "if it wasn't for low-income housing, my family never would have made it out of poverty," Green Party vice presidential candidate Pat LaMarche said she will return to the Chad Brown Housing Project in Providence, Rhode Island where her family was living when she was born, for a 1 p.m. press conference, outside 37K Berkshire Street, on Thursday, September 23.
LaMarche will be joined at the press conference by Jeff Toste, Rhode Island Green Party candidate for Senate District 5, and Green Party member and Providence City Councilor David Segal. The press conference will focus on the need for universal health care. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation which does not provide health care for all its citizens.
LaMarche's visit to Rhode Island is the third stop on her two week Left Out Tour. On each night of the Tour, LaMarche will sleep either in a homeless or domestic violence shelter or on the streets to draw attention to the least privileged members of our society. In Providence, she will spend the night in a tent city set up across from the Rhode Island state house in Roger Williams National Memorial Park. During the day, LaMarche and local Green Party members will deliver care packages to eight different shelters and transitional housing facilities in Providence.
"The reason for the 'Left Out Tour' is to focus on people who are left out in our society and more importantly, to demonstrate things we can do to help them," said LaMarche.
During the tour LaMarche will ask people to donate the following items to the shelters she visits or to shelters in their communities: tooth paste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, shampoo, baby powder,
band-aids, first aid cream, used and new books--especially children's books, feminine hygiene products, towels and blankets.
On Friday, September 24, LaMarche will join with Rhode Island's governor and the mayor of Providence in re-dedicating the McAuley House, a homeless shelter, before she departs for New York City, the next stop on the Left Out Tour.
The itinerary for the Left Out Tour is:
September 21, Augusta, ME
September 22, Boston, MA
September 23, Providence, RI
September 24, New York City
September 25, Washington, DC
September 26, Knoxville, TN
September 27, Fayetteville, AR
September 28, Denver, CO
September 29, Napa Valley, CA
September 30, Los Angeles, CA
October 1, Portland, OR
October 2, Chicago, IL
October 3, Detroit, MI
October 4, Cleveland, OH
The "Left Out Tour" is typical of the way that LaMarche approaches activism, life and politics. The single mother of two secured ballot access for the Maine Green Party when she ran for Governor in 1998. A nonprofit foundation director and one of the most popular radio broadcasters in Maine, LaMarche has found kidneys for dying children, raised money for poverty-stricken youth, and helped to garner support for relief crews after September 11, 2001.
For more information about the Cobb-LaMarche campaign, see http://www.votecobb.org. Information about the Green Party of the United States can be found at http://www.gp.org.