Molly Ivins One Year Memorial Scheduled for Jan. 31 in San Francisco

The “Raise Hell for Molly Ivins” campaign to End the War in Iraq is hosting a Memorial and Blogfest on Thursday, January 31, 2008 to honor the legacy of this courageous journalist who never wavered in “speaking truth to power” and was revered by hundreds of thousands of readers until her passing one year ago.

Molly Ivins Memorial and Blogfest
January 31, 2008
6:45 pm – 9:30 pm
Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
San Francisco

Please join us

for this very special evening with emcee Charlotte McCann, publisher of the Texas Observer (where Molly Ivins served as co-editor) and featuring an interfaith ceremony, a Labyrinth Walk for Peace led by Jeff Heaton, founder of the Lafayette Crosses. Speakers include Nadia McCaffrey, founder of Veterans Village, Michael Blecker of Swords to Ploughshares, and many others who knew Molly and are engaged in actions inspired by her words (including some surprise appearances by well known personalities). Additionally, the event will feature the winner of “The Ballad of Molly Ivins” Songwriting Contest (with judges Country Joe MacDonald, Utah Phillips and Ronny Gilbert from the Weavers), musical entertainment from harpist Diana Stork and the country western J.C. Flyer Band, a video retrospective of Molly Ivins’ life, poetry reading by Vietnam veteran Shepard Bliss and a memorial “Molly Ivins Pledge” by the event’s participants to carry on Molly’s work to end the War in Iraq.

ONLINE at where the entire event will be streamed live, and will also feature a blog campaign with live blogging from the event with photos, and blog entries from hundreds of writers across America (and the world) as we Raise Hell for Molly in the blogosphere and recognize the example Molly Ivins set for journalists and media professionals to counter the onslaught of political and commercial propaganda through the mass media ­ with straightforward, truthful reporting.

The Memorial and Blogfest is being produced by the Raise Hell for Molly Ivins Campaign, which was inspired by Molly’s last column before her passing addressing the war on Iraq: “We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. Raise hell. Hit the streets. We need people in the streets banging pots and pans and demanding END IT, NOW!” The Campaign is organizing citizens across the United States to demand that Congress act to end the War in Iraq. Participating organizations include Lafayette Crosses, Veterans Village and Swords to Plowshares. The Campaign’s fiscal sponsor is the Agape Foundation and is officially endorsed by Veterans for Peace, United for Peace and Justice Coalition, the Iraq Moratorium and Global Exchange.

TICKETS are $10.00 with no one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets are available in advance from InTicketing (, and at the door starting at 6:15 pm.

About Participation
Please participate in the Memorial Blogfest by posting comments to the central Molly Ivins blog on the campaign website, as well as spreading the word via email and blog postings, before, during, and after the event. On the site you can sign the Molly Ivins Pledge, and sign up to participate in the Raise Hell for Molly Ivins “Pots and Pans Protests” taking place at US Federal Buildings and citizen’s local Congressional Offices on the third Friday of each month to coincide with the monthly events of the Iraq Moratorium. Tax-deductible donations for the Campaign are welcomed ­ please see the Donate section of the website.


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