Press Releases, Public Service Announcements & News Items:

August 1, 2006
Press Release:
Leading Members of Iraqi Parliament Call for Meeting with Anti-War Hunger Strikers

July 27, 2006
Press Release:
Hunger Strikers interrupt Bolton's Nomination Hearing

July 26, 2006
Press Release:
Medea Benjamin arrested for disrupting Iraqi Prime Minister's Congressional address

July 16, 2006:

Listen to Commentary on Hunger Strikes by Victoria Zackheim (
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Radio Commentary Schedule, which includes intro to hunger strikes as non-violent protest:Also available at and will run after the Steven Miles interview (author of Oath Betrayed).

Air Dates of Mimi Geerges Show:
XM Satellite Radio – National July 23, 2006, Ch. 133
Sunday at 9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific

WEBR – Fairfax, VA (cablecast channel 37)
Sunday at 8am and Wednesday at noon

WRBG 107.9 FM – Millsboro, DE
Tuesday at 6pm

WALF 89.7 FM – Alfred, NY
Friday at 7pm and Sunday at 4pm

WECI 91.5 FM – Richmond, IN
Tuesday at noon

WRYR 97.5 FM – Churchton, MD
Monday at 7:30pm and Wednesday at 10am

WLRI 92.9 FM – Gap, PA
Monday through Friday at 10am

WCSU – Baltimore, MD
Friday at 2pm

KCFV 89.5 FM – St. Louis, MO
Tuesday and Thursday at 8am

WRIR 97.3 FM – Richmond, VA
Monday at 1pm

WYAP 101.7 FM – Clay, WV
Thursday pm

WSLN 98.7 FM The Line – Delaware, OH
Sunday at 4pm

KUMC 93.3 FM – Western Idaho
Wednesday at 7pm

Special Interview Series, thanks to Scott Burgwin, KSOWlp and Stand for Peace:

Diane Wilson July 17, 2006, in DC

Ann Wright July 11, 2006, in DC

Mary Braswell, July 9, 2006, in DC

Leah Bolger July 9, 2006, in Corvallis, Oregon

Toby Blome July 7, 2006, in DC

Meredith Dearborn July 6, 2006, in California

2ND PRESS RELEASE: July 13, 2006
Anti-war Hunger Strikers Join Homeless Advocates to Show Cost of War at Home

PRESS RELEASE: July 13, 2006
“Out of Iraq” Congressional Caucus To Join
National “Troops Home Fast” Hunger Strike

July 4 2006:

July 4 2006:

July 3, 2006
July 3 Action News!

June 27, 2006:

Listen to the PSA by Laura Flanders

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June 26, 2006:

Listen to the PSA by Randi Rhodes

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PSAs courtesy of Air America Radio

June 27 2006:
PRESS RELEASE: Cindy Sheehan, Dick Gregory, Susan Sarandon,
Sean Penn and Hundreds More Launch Hunger Strike to End the Iraq War

June 14, 2006
Your Special Invitation from Cindy Sheehan & CODEPINK Cofounders

Watch Jaime Todaro's video and meet all the Fasters who were camped outside the White House.

September 22, 2006
Anti-war fast ends with feast
Protesters dine outside recruiters' station.

August 12, 2006
Peace advocate registers her opposition to war by fasting, The Columbian

Middle East Peace Trip News!

An exclusive interview with Medea Benjamin, recorded early Saturday morning from Beirut, Lebanon, from where she and other members of CodePink were leaving on a humanitarian aid convoy to southern Lebanon.

Articles About Our Actions During the Iraqi PM's Visit to D.C., July 26-28, 2006

July 29, 2006
Activists Arrested At White House
By Audrey Edwards, Washington Post
"Five antiwar activists, four of whom have been on a hunger strike for 25 days, were arrested yesterday for demonstrating without a permit after they blocked an entrance to the White House during British Prime Minister Tony Blair's meeting with President Bush".

July 27, 2006
Seadrift protester in 24th day of antiwar hunger strike Associated Press

July 27, 2006
CodePink Founder Interrupts Iraqi PM's Speech To Congress in Protest Against Iraq War,
Democracy Now

July 27, 2006
Watch Medea Banjamin in Action!

July 26, 2006
Watch Medea Benjamin's Arrest
CBS News

July 26, 2006
CNN's Video Coverage of the disruption

July 26, 2006
Iraqi PM to Congress: Baghdad wants to be regional stabilizer
"t one point, the speech was interrupted by a protester who called out, "Iraqis want the troops to leave. Bring them home now."

The young woman was lifted from her seat by officers and carried out of the House visitor's gallery, according to The Associated Press, while al-Maliki paused and grimaced in irritation". CNN.Com

July 26, 2006
Protester disrupts Iraqi PM address to Congress

The RAW Story (includes video)

Articles about Actions by FASTERS of TROOPS HOME FAST in the US Congress July 11-14

Policy Rewrite Reveals in Rift in Administration
Washington Post, July 14
With color photo of Father Louie and Toby Blom with signs "Stop Supporting Torture" and "Humane Treatment for all Prisoners" at the Senate Armed Services committee hearing on July 13, 2006

White House Prods Congress to Curb Detainee Rights
NY Times, July 13, 2006
With photo of Ann Wright and intern Zac in Git'mo orange jumpsuits with Father Louis and Toby waiting to go into House Armed Services committee hearing on July 12, 2006

29 Year Army Veteran Arrested at Haynes Hearing
Alternet, July 13, 2006
Ann Wright writes about why she protested July 11, 2006 in the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing of William Haynes "architect of torture" nomination to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

White House Says Terror Detainees Hold Basic Rights
NY Times, July 12, 2006
Article has great photo of Medea and Nancy holding up signs "Close Guantanamo" in the July 11 Senate Judiciary hearing on military commissions at Guanatanamo.

It's Bush's Way or the Highway on Guantanamo Bay
Washington Post, July 12, 2006
Codepink and "Close Guantanamo" signs mentioned in the article. The original article had photo of Medea and Nancy holding the signs at the July 11, 2006 Senate Judiciary hearing on military commission at Guantanamo.

He Let the Dogs Out
by Maureen Dowd, New York Times, July 12, 2006
Maureen mentions three women in Gitmo orange jumpsuits in the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on the nomination of Haynes for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Ann Wright was arrested during the hearing in her orange jumpsuit as she protested the nomination of Haynes, one of the architects of Bush administration's torture policy.

Geneva cover for Gitmo detainees
Washington Times, July 12, 2006
The Washington Times article has the only description of the Capitol police trying to remove Medea and Nancy from the July 11 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on military commissions for Guantanamo for holding signs with "Close Guantanamo". No photos.

More Press Coverage & Related Articles:

July 17, 2006:
Another Reason for Bringing the Troops Home
By Raed Jarrar

Friday 14 July 2006
"Out of Iraq" Caucus Joins "Troops Home Fast"
By Scott Galindez, t r u t h o u t | Report

July 13, 2006:

July 13, 2006:
Bush seeks OK for tribunals
Star Telegram.Com

July 12, 2006:
House committee chairman says military detainee policy may have been too lax, USA Today

July 10, 2006:
Fasting and Praying for Peace
By Ted Glick, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

July 9, 2006:
Fasting and Praying for Peace
ZNet - Woods Hole,MA,USA

July 9, 2006:
Inspiration and action! We Won't Eat Until Our Soldiers Are Home - San Mateo,CA,USA

July 6, 2006:
This July 4, I'm fasting for peace
Thousands like me will stake their lives to stop war
, By Diane Wilson, Houston Chronicle

July 6, 2006:
Gut feelings:Plano = soccer moms, SUVs...and anti-war protesters?, Dallas Observer

July 6, 2006:
Protesters skip meals
Corvallis Gazette Times

July 5th, 2006:
Protests on parade: Patriotism, plight of soldiers and perseverance in Iraq take center stage at Fourth of July parade
Peoria Journal Star

July 5th, 2006
Hundreds Begin Nationwide Hunger Strike to Protest War as Ex-Soldier Charged in Iraq Rape, Killings, DemocracyNow

July 5th, 2006
Peace activists stage vigil, Cherry Hill Courier Post

July 5 2006:
Iraq War critic arrested in attempt to join D.C. parade, Buffalo News

July 5 2006:
Anti-war march in Chappaqua, The Journal

July 5 2006:
Look what we found on the web:
The AP Uses CodePink As A Photo Source !!

July 5 2006:
Thousands turn out for stormy July 4th celebration
USA Today

July 5 2006:
An uneasy Fourth leads one family to declare independence from war

July 4 2006:
Cindy Sheehan, Stars Begin Hunger Strike
People's Magazine

July 4 2006:
Not Taking the Fifth on the Fourth
by Sam Husseini,

July 4 2006:
Join a fast for the sake of peace in Iraq
Medea Benjamin,

July 4 2006:
Anti-war protesters begin July 4 fast, REUTERS

July 4 2006:
War 4th: Think Blood, Not Ketchup, VILLAGE VOICE

July 4 2006:
Sheehan, antiwar protesters begin July 4 fast, MSNBC

July 4 2006:
Actors to join peace fast, AL JAZEERA

July 4 2006:
Hollywood stars team up for hunger strike

July 4 2006:
Locals to join national fast for peace

July 4 2006:
Jeannette Cezanne: Fasting for the Fourth, the Union Leader

July 1, 2006
Food Blogs Join Fast for Peace

June 30, 2006
Cindy Sheehan to provoke the Second American Revolution July 4th, 2006-Hunger Strike at White House! , Bellaciao

June 30, 2006
Greens Join Raging Grannies, CodePink at Antiwar Events in D.C., July 3-4.

June 30, 2006
Amid a divisive immigration debate, how some newcomers to the U.S. plan to honor the country.

June 28, 2006
American Patriots, The Nation.

June 27, 2006
Refuse to Serve, By Ret. Col. Ann Wright,
Truth Out

June 22, 2006
Celebs to Join Cindy Sheehan in Hunger Strike