Coffee With the President

How would you like to have coffee with the President, just like some of those millionare big-wigs he's been wooing? Well, now's your chance to ask for an invitation. In an attempt to focus attention on how ordinary people are excluded from the political process in this country, Pacifica Radio's "Democracy Now!" morning news-talk show, is launching a campaign encouraging people to ask for invitations to the White House for coffee."I can't tell you how many listeners call me, outraged that big money is the only way to get the President's ear," said Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. "Well, that's wrong. Most of our listeners don't have much money, but they do have a lot of concerns and want their views to count, too."The campaign, appropriately called "Coffee? Tea? and Me?" is encouraging listeners to send mugs-with-a-message to the White House. Pacifica Radio will send a Democracy Now! mug which says, "Dear President Clinton, Coffee? ... Tea? ... and Me?" along with a personalized letter asking the President for an invitation.Clearly, voters are growing more cynical and alienated in direct correlation with the amount of big money being pumped into campaigns," Goodman said. "I don't think it's any coincidence that in the 1996 election year, when a record $2.6 billion dollars was spent on campaigns, that more than half of the electorate didn't bother to vote. People feel disillusioned, disempowered and disgusted."For more information, contact Julie Drizin at 202-588-0988, x. 315. or Amy Goodman, x. 326.

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