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Peace Message to Fly Over Super Bowl Weekend

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerial advertising carrying the call to "Let the Inspections Work" will be in the skies over San Diego, California during this coming Super Bowl weekend.

While an anti-war message may seem out of place with the automobile, beer, and shaving cream ads that traditionally dominate the Super Bowl, organizers think the timing is right to promote the pragmatic, hopeful approach that a growing number of Americans support.

A small group of private citizens was inspired to invest the $1500 for the advertising flights by the advocacy work of MoveOn.org, the group sponsoring ads with the same message in a national TV ad campaign, including an ad during the Super Bowl to be aired in the Washington D.C. market.

With last weekend's historic peace marches in Washington DC, San Francisco, and other American cities -- and the growing international demand for a peaceful solution in Iraq -- it's clear that more and more of the world's citizens want to "Let the Inspections Work."

In addition, the UN Inspectors are scheduled to officially report their findings to the Security Council next week. Many diplomats are already proposing to give the inspections more time.

Meanwhile, President George W. Bush recently expressed a growing impatience with the inspections process and that time is running out on non-military options.

"Our message is simple: President Bush should let the inspectors finish their job," says Eli Pariser of MoveOn.org. "As long as the United Nations team is still hard at work there's no reason to send in our troops and unleash forces that could escalate into the overthrow of friendly governments or chemical and biological warfare or even nuclear warfare."

Weather and security conditions permitting, the "Let the Inspections Work" banner will be towed by an airplane over Super Bowl related events and the greater San Diego area this coming Saturday afternoon, January 25, 2003.

The banner will fly again near Qualcomm Stadium and around San Diego the morning of Super Bowl Sunday.

(The FAA has declared a no-fly zone within a seven mile radius of Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday between 11:00am and 10:00pm. Thus, there will be no aerial advertising or other unauthorized flights during the actual game.)

MoveOn.org is a key player in Win Without War, a coalition of organizations including The National Council of Churches, NAACP, Sierra Club, NOW, and others representing millions of Americans who favor allowing UN Inspectors to finish their work in Iraq.


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