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Green Party USA member detained at Maine airport

Green Party USA member detained by USA federal authorities at Bangor, Maine USA airport; name was on federal "watch" list as outspoken anti-war activist.
The Greens / Green Party USA
226 South Wabash, 6th floor
Chicago, IL 60604

Toll-free Phone: 1-866-GREENS-2
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2001

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MEDIA ALERT:
GREEN PARTY USA will hold press conference in CHICAGO
SATURDAY, NOV. 3
10 a.m.
at the J. Ira and Nicki Family Hostel
24 East Congress Parkway (at Wabash), 2nd floor
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GREEN PARTY USA COORDINATOR DETAINED AT AIRPORT
PREVENTED BY ARMED MILITARY FROM FLYING TO GREENS MEETING IN CHICAGO

Armed government agents grabbed Nancy Oden, Green Party USA
coordinating committee member, Thursday at Bangor International
Airport in Bangor Maine, as she attempted to board an American
Airlines flight to Chicago.


"An official told me that my name had been flagged in the computer,"
a shaken Oden said. "I was targeted because the Green Party USA
opposes the bombing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan."


Oden, a long-time organic farmer and peace activist in northern
Maine, was ordered away from the plane. Military personnel with
automatic weapons surrounded Oden and instructed all airlines to deny
her passage on ANY flight. "I was told that the airport was closed to
me until further notice and that my ticket would not be refunded,"
Oden said.


Oden is scheduled to speak in Chicago Friday night on a panel
concerning pesticides as weapons of war. She had helped to coordinate
the Green Party USA's antiwar efforts these past few months, and was
to report on these to The Greens national committee. "Not only did
they stop me at the airport but some mysterious party had called the
hotel and cancelled my reservation," Oden said.


The Greens National Committee-the governing body of the Green
Party USA-is meeting in Chicago Nov. 2-4 to hammer out the details
of national campaigns against bio-chemical warfare, the spraying of
toxic pesticides, genetic engineering, and the Party's involvement in
the burgeoning peace movement.


"I am shocked that US military prevented one of our prominent Green
Party members from attending the meeting in Chicago," said Elizabeth
Fattah, a GPUSA representative from Pennsylvania who drove to
Chicago. "I am outraged at the way the Bill of Rights is being
trampled upon."


Chicago Green activist Lionel Trepanier concluded, "The attack on
the right of association of an opposition political party is
chilling. The harassment of peace activists is reprehensible."

For further information, please call 1-866-GREENS-2 (toll-free)
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