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Posted: 5/10/2001 7:24:20 AM EST
[url]www.billionmommarch.org/[/url] Billion Mom March & Million Mom March PRESS CONFERENCE Date and Time: Thursday 10 May 2001 - 1:00pm Place: Room 226, United Nations Secretariat Building Mother's Day 2001 marks the launch of worldwide mobilization of a billion mothers, grandmothers, and mothers-to-be against gun- and other violence in what is expected to become the largest mass movement in human history. PARTICIPANTS: Under Secretary-General Jayantha Dhanapala, UN Dept. of Disarmament, designated by Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the UN focal point on small arms Donna Dees Thomases, founder of the Million Mom March, USA Mary Leigh Blek, President of the Million Mom March, USA Elvi Ruottinen, spokesperson for the Billion Mom March Present, also, representatives of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), Women of Vision and Action (WOVA), and other members of the Women's Caucus on Small Arms. The Billion Mom March initiative was born in March in the Women's Caucus on Small Arms during the Prep-Com meetings of the UN Conference on Illicit Trade of Small Arms in All its Aspects. The first Million Mom March took place last year in the United States. More that a million mothers participated nationwide demanding safer gun laws, including 750,000 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This year the Million Mom March will visit legislators in 33 State Capitols, stage a cybermarch, and is conducting a letter-writing campaign to ask the mothers and wives of President Bush and congressional leaders to impress on their sons and husbands the importance of safer gun laws. - x -
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