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Give Bush the Boot: NLG Shoe Drive

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In light of the recent shoe-throwing incident in Baghdad, the National Lawyers Guild urges Americans to show their disdain for the policies of the Bush administration by donating pairs of shoes to their local homeless shelters and other organizations serving the needy. The gesture is also intended as a showing of support for Iraqi report Muntazer al-Zaidi who remains in detention today, accused by the Iraqi government of a “barbaric act.” Al-Zaidi threw his shoes at George W. Bush during his recent surprise visit to Iraq. Al-Zaidi has been hailed a hero in the Arab world as thousands marched today to demand his release. A spokesman for the prime minister said that al-Zaidi may be sent for trial on charges of insulting the Iraqi state. In a news conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad yesterday, Mr. Zaidi shouted “this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog,” then flung one shoe at Bush—the worst insult in the Arab world—forcing him to duck. A second shoe flew over Bush's head and hit the wall behind him. The shoe drive will run until January 19, 2009. To find locations of churches or other facilities that provide clothing free-of-charge, please call the NLG National Office at 212-679-5100, or visit the links provided to the right.


Founded in 1937 as an alternative to the American Bar Association, which did not admit people of color, the National Lawyers Guild is the oldest and largest public interest / human rights bar organization in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York and it has chapters in every state.


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