CODEPINK Celebrates Anniversary & Launches Give Peace a VOTE!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2006 CONTACT: Jodie Evans (310) 827-3046
Dana Balicki (707) 280-9074
CODEPINK Women for Peace Celebrates Its 4-Year Anniversary
Month of creative actions starting Monday, October 2nd wishes CODEPINK a happy anniversary and introduce its Give Peace a VOTE Campaign
CODEPINK: Women for Peace - the most exciting thing to have come out of the peace and justice movement since Abby Hoffman and the Yippies – celebrates its 4-year anniversary on Monday, October 2nd. In honor of CODEPINK’s anniversary, CODEPINK chapters in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Edna, Minnesota and elsewhere are holding events to introduce the group’s new Give Peace a VOTE campaign (www.givepeaceavote.org). Some chapters are creating human billboards that read Give Peace a VOTE. Others are setting up pink lemonade stands, where they’ll register voters and get individuals to sign the Give Peace a VOTE pledge.
CODEPINK is the group of women who brought you those high-profile “interruptions” during prime time speeches at the Republican National Convention and the 2004 presidential inauguration. Started in the lead-up to the Iraq war, CODEPINK has inspired thousands of women throughout the United States and the world to make the color pink synonymous with political rabble rousing.
They have hung 40-foot pink banners with political slogans out hotel windows, handed out pink educational flyers at pink lemonade stands, and awarded pink slips (actual women’s slips) to political and corporate leaders who were leading the US toward war. They yelled out questions during Donald Rumsfeld’s testimony in Congress about torture at Abu Ghraib; chained themselves to the entrance of the Halliburton’s shareholders meeting; and fasted to bring the troops home from Iraq NOW in front of the White House.
CODEPINK also has a more serious side. Its intrepid members have traveled to Iraq several times, as well as to Iran, Lebanon and Jordan, to see first-hand the impact of war on innocent civilians. Recently, they led a delegation of US peace activists who met with Iraqi parliamentarians in Jordan to discuss an Iraqi-designed plan for peace and reconciliation in that country. They brought Iraqi women to the US to tour the country and speak for themselves about what their lives are like and what they want for Iraq’s future. They also published a book: Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to War and Terrorism.
CODEPINK’s newest campaign is Give Peace a Vote, a campaign to give visibility to the emerging peace voting bloc so that US politicians can’t keep ignoring the will of the voters to end the war in Iraq. So far, some 17,000 people have signed the “Give Peace a VOTE” pledge, including musicians Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Cher, Michael Franti and Steve Earle; actors Samuel Jackson, Kate Hudson, Maria Bello, Mike Farrell, Shelley Fabrese, Vanessa Williams, Ed Asner and Susan Sarandon; and authors Alice Walker and Maxine Hong Kingston. Yoko Ono, who co-wrote with John Lennon the song “Give Peace a Chance,” after which the peace voters campaign is named, also signed the pledge, which reads:
“I will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or President who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign.”