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For Release: January 29, 1999
Contact: David Almasi at (202) 507-6398 or

Black Leadership Network Warns Black Community Against Supporting Clinton Defense

Clinton's Legal Maneuvers Could Turn Back the Clock on Civil Rights

While African-American support for President Bill Clinton has been high throughout the impeachment proceedings against Clinton, members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 warn that - should Clinton succeed in using legal wrangling to escape a full impeachment trial - civil rights gains could be eroded.

"If Bill Clinton is not removed from office, the rule of law will have been abandoned in America, and we will have absolute hell to pay," said Project 21 member and Los Angeles community activist Jesse Peterson. "The rule of law is the only standard keeping this nation from a mob-rule mentatility, which will surely degenerate into anarchy once the citizenry realizes the laws are only to be imposed on them. Our President will have in effect become nothing more than a warlord, holding power via taxpayer supported legalistic ties, 'friendly' souless Senators, indimidation of opponents, and a complicit one-party media."

Project 21 member and columnist Kimberly Wilson added, "We have been his shield and prop throughout his presidency. Bill Clinton has got to go. His continued presence in the White House endangers the American Rule of Law. Our parents and grandparents hoped, prayed, fought and sometimes died for equal protection under the law. If we disregard the law in favor of one man we unravel the whole fabric of law."

Project 21 has been a leading voice of the African-American community since 1992. For more information, contact David Almasi at (202) 507-6398 or, or visit Project 21's website at


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