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    October 5, 2004   
    Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator (707) 664-2057


Labor and Social Action Conference Hosts Live Broadcast,
Town Hall from SSU of Presidential Debate, Oct. 8

Political analyst Larry Bensky of KPFA will host a live transmission from Sonoma State University of the second presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry on Friday, Oct. 8.

The debate, scheduled at Washington University in St. Louis, will be shown from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Cooperage on large television screens. Approximately 500 people will be able to watch and participate, say organizers. The broadcast is part of the seventh annual Labor and Social Action Conference to be held on Oct. 8 and 9 at SSU.

This second debate is a town hall meeting, with questions posed by an equal number of "soft" supporters of each candidate chosen by the Gallup Organization. Moderator is ABC's Charles Gibson.

After the debate, comments from a panel of local activists will be broadcast from 7:30-8 p.m. live on KPFA (94.1 FM) to 22 cities through the Pacifica Radio Network. A Town Hall for local audience remarks will follow from 8-9 p.m. Admission is $5-10 sliding scale at the door. Early check-in is advised beginning at 5 p.m.

Bensky is a political analyst and election correspondent for Pacifica Radio Network who has covered national and international events from Iran-Contra to the Democratic and Republican conventions of 2004. He currently hosts "Sunday Salon" on KPFA Radio.

The University hosts the annual Labor and Social Action Conference for youth, labor and community activists. The intent of the program is to offer opportunities for networking and collaboration between activists, community organizations and unions in the North Bay.

Saturday's session will offer various workshops including "Is there a future for progressive politics in the Golden State?, Politics of Hip Hop, Eyes on the Fries - Young Workers in the Service Economy, and Civil Liberties and the Patriot Act." Others include programs on war resistance and the draft, health care, fair trade and outsourcing and the banning of genetically engineered crops.

The cost for the entire conference including lunch, appetizers and the Friday broadcast is $55/$25 (students) with scholarships available. College credit is available from Sonoma State University. For further information call (707) 545-7349 ext.109 or e-mail A schedule of classes can be found at

Sponsors of the event include Sonoma State University's School of Social Science, the Sonoma Student Union Inter Cultural Center and the North Bay Central Labor Council, Project Censored, ACLU-Sonoma County, Alliance for Democracy of Sonoma County, California Faculty Association-SSU Chapter, California Federation of Teachers, City College of S.F. Labor Studies, Living Wage Coalition of Sonoma County, MAPE-SEIU Local 949, New College of California, New Economy-Working Solutions, North Bay Central Labor Council, North Bay Progressive, Santa Rosa Democratic Club, SEIU Local 707, Sonoma County Conservation Council and the Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center, among others.


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