Free Euna Lee and Laura Ling: Community Peaceful Gathering

June 23, 2009

TOMORROW NIGHT – Wednesday, June 24 @ 6 PM – 8 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 /PRNewswire/ — Academy of Art University students, faculty and alumni are joining a long list of local supporters in a community-wide peaceful gathering for the release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling.

For the first time in Northern California, Michael Saldate, husband of

Euna Lee, and Ian Clayton, husband of Laura Ling, will appear together

and speak at Wednesday’s vigil. Euna Lee, an alumna of the Academy of Art University, earned her BFA in 2001 in the School of Motion Pictures and Television. She and husband Michael spent many years living in San Francisco.

Current and past cast members of Hair, The Musical, as well as well as Young Performers International, have volunteered to perform in honor of the cause. The Governor of California and the First Lady as well as San Francisco city officials have been invited.

The gathering will be webcast live at www.academyart.edu/petition.

    WHO:    See partial list of supporters here.


    WHAT:   San Francisco community-wide Peaceful Gathering: Free Euna Lee and
            Laura Ling

    WHEN:   Wednesday, June 24, 2009
            (Press Arrival at 5:30 PM)

    TIME:   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
            5:30 PM - press arrival

    WHERE:  Morgan Auditorium 491 Post Street at Mason, San Francisco, CA

Both American journalists were sentenced to 12 years in labor prison after being convicted of illegally crossing the border into North Korea and “grave crimes” against North Korea. The two had been working on a story on human trafficking, from the Chinese side of the border, for Current TV, headquartered in San Francisco. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called the charges “baseless” and has been working all channels for their release.

Academy of Art University, a community of student and professional artists, designers and broadcasters, stands in unity adding its voice to the international demands for their immediate release. An online petition has been started at: http://www.academyart.edu/petition/index.jsp

The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 by Artists for Artists. It is one of the oldest educational and cultural institutions in San Francisco, California. Students pursue Bachelor of Fine Arts, Associate of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Certificate Programs or Continuing Art Education courses with over 30 areas of academic emphasis.

SOURCE Academy of Art University

Source: newswire

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