Ben Cohen coming to Manch
From a press release from earlier today:
Ben Cohen speaks to College Convention Thursday
Priorities Campaign president and Ben & Jerry's co-founder will use Oreos to illustrate America's need for sensible budget priorities
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Priorities Campaign president and Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen will introduce several hundred politically mindedstudents to his campaign for sensible federal budget priorities when headdresses the College Convention 2008 at noon Thursday, Nov. 29, at theCenter of New Hampshire/Radisson Hotel in Manchester.
"This is an historic moment. We have the power to change the direction ofthe United States," says Cohen. "We need to start judging ourselves not onhow many people we can kill, but how many people we can house, clothe, feedand care for."
PrioritiesNH, a project of Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, isworking to shift America's budget priorities to increase federal investmentin education, health care, energy independence, job training and deficitreduction -- at no additional taxpayer expense -- by reducing funding foroutdated Cold War weapons and a stockpile of 10,000 nuclear warheads.
PrioritiesNH has been the most visible and aggressive issue campaign in this N.H. Primary season. Its eye-catching vehicles, like the PigMobile and Topsy-Turvy School Bus, have crisscrossed the Granite State; its Cookie Momhas sweetened dozens of presidential campaign events; and its small army ofactivists has questioned the candidates nearly 200 times about their budgetpriorities.
As a result of Priorities efforts in NH and Iowa, several candidates whowould not even acknowledge Pentagon waste when they began campaigning nowroutinely talk about the need to identify wasteful Pentagon spending andshift the funding to Americans' real priorities. Cohen is the noon plenary speaker at the Convention, which drew a thousandparticipants from more than 30 states and countries when last held in 2004. The full schedule and media credentialing information are available at theCollege Convention Web site: http://cc2k8.nec.edu/forthemedia.htm.