Pre-Election Protests 'Sock' It to Bush

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

( - As the election draws closer, protestors are staging various events to push their anti-Bush agendas. This week's photo-op protests are coming from moms, military families and senior citizens.

In Minnesota on Tuesday, a group of mothers plans to rally in front of a power plant to protest President Bush's "assault" on air pollution standards.

The fish fry picnic -- featuring food from Cafe Brenda, the press release says -- will take place next to the University of Minnesota's coal-burning power plant.

Organizers of the event -- described as prominent Minnesota and national women's leaders -- say they will release a report on the health hazards of mercury pollution in Minnesota. The report is entitled "Mercury: The Hidden Poisoning of Minnesota's Women and Children."

According to the group's press release, President Bush's environmental policies have left women and children less safe, "by allowing unsafe levels of mercury in Minnesota's fish because of inaction on power plant pollution."

The group is kicking off a nationwide tour -- to "warn moms about Bush record."

On Wednesday in Washington, the families of three soldiers killed in Iraq will hold a news conference to publicize new TV ads questioning President Bush about his war policies.

According to a press release, the families will "lay out questions they want the media to ask of President Bush concerned his decisions around the war."

The three families are part of a new organization called RealVoices.

Also in Washington on Wednesday, senior citizens will protest "George Bush's anti-senior, anti-family policies with a nationwide sock rally" in a park across the street from the White House.

The press release says senior citizens are "fed up with a president that has socked it to them with skyrocketing drug costs, record-breaking Medicare premium increases and threats to privatize Social Security."

The Alliance for Retired Americans is sponsoring the "Socked Out Seniors" rally, and it says all socks collected at the rally will be delivered to the White House.