PRESS CONFERENCE: Affirming Community Support for Frank Fromherz,
for his endorsement of the April 12th Peace March,
and for his work for Economic Justice, the Environment, Justice and Peace

Date: Friday, April 11th, 2003
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Waterfront Park (South side of the Morrison Bridge at the river’s edge walkway)

Friends and colleagues of Frank Fromherz will gather for a press conference at the site of an upcoming peace march to express their support for the former director of the Portland Catholic Archdiocese Office of Justice and Peace who was fired Tuesday. The press conference will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 11th, at the south side of the Morrison Bridge at the river ’s edge walkway, on the west bank of the Willamette River.

"We’re gathing at Waterfront Park because that will be the site for the next peace march, and it was Frank’s endorsement of this march that led to his being dismissed from his calling as director of the Office of Justice and Peace," said Will Seaman, a local organizer who has worked closely with Fromherz. "But of course Frank’s work went far beyond his deep commitment to the peace movement, and we are gathering also to express our support for the other important work that Frank’s been a part of as a leader in the Catholic community here in Portland."

Among those present and making statements at the press conference will be Sister Barbara Raymond, a Holy Names Sister representing Catholic religious communities, Mr. Charles Hudson of the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, Ms. Rebecca Slak, the director of Neighborhood Pride Team / Trillium Artisans speaking on behalf of grassroots community organizing affiliated with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and William Seaman, a local organizer with the Alliance for Peace and Justice, the coalition planning the April 12th peace rally and march. The speakers will be describing Fromherz’s work, through his directorship of the Office of Justice and Peace, for economic justice, protection of the environment and for justice and peace. Frank Fromherz will also make a brief statement and will be available for reporters' questions.

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