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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 5, 2003
1:00 PM
CONTACT:  Muslim American Society (MAS)
Imam Mahdi Bray: (202) 421-3623
Muslim American Society Freedom-Led Interfaith Coalition Returns From Peace Mission to Iraq;
Updated Press Conference Information
 
WASHINGTON - March 5 - News Advisory:

WHAT: On Monday, March 10, a coalition of religious leaders returning from a "prayer pilgrimage for peace" to Iraq will hold a noon news conference in Washington, DC, to report on their experiences. The leaders, from the Muslim American Society (MAS) and several Christian denominations, will discuss the places that they visited, whom they spoke with, the message that they carried as religious leaders, and their prognosis for peace.

Last week, the multiracial interfaith coalition held separate meetings in New York and Washington with John P. Renninger, Director of the UN Department of Policy's Asia-Pacific Affairs office, Lawrence Wilkerson, Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff, James A. Larocco, Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs at the State Department, and the Iraqi Ambassador to the U.N., Dr. Mohammad Al-Douri.

The coalition's aim is to issue a moral appeal that both parties do whatever is necessary to achieve a peaceful resolution to the conflict, including full compliance with U.N. resolutions.

WHEN: Monday, March 10, 12 p.m.

WHERE: National Press Club, Zenger Room; 13th Floor, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC

WHO: -- Shaker El Sayed, Secretary General, Muslim American Society (MAS) -- Imam Mahdi Bray, Executive Director, MAS Freedom Foundation -- Rev. Walter Fauntroy, President, National Black Leadership Conference, and -- Pastor, New Bethel Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. -- Rev. Dr. James E. Fitzgerald, The Riverside Church, New York, NY -- Ron Daniels, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

CONTACT: Imam Mahdi Bray (202) 421-3623

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