10-Year Anniversary: How it all started…

You're invited to join CODEPINK November 8-18, 2012, as we celebrate 10 years of creative resistance to war and injustice and bring our peace platform to the new President of the United States one week after the election.

Imagine...100 women standing in the snow outside the White House, their pink clothes vibrant against all that white. This was the birth of CODEPINK on November 17, 2002, almost ten years ago--a hopeful burst of color in the cold. As the drumbeat toward war on Iraq intensified, Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Diane Wilson, Starhawk and dozens of other women gathered in front of the White House, in the frigid weather, all day long, to stand for peace. A string of women kept the vigil alive over the next four months, inspiring people from all walks of life, and from all over the country, to don pink and stand for peace in their own communities. The DC vigil culminated on International Women's Day, March 8, 2003, when peacemakers including Alice Walker, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Susan Griffin encircled the White House in a glorious vision of pink.

Ten years later, CODEPINK continues to wage peace with bold, creative women-led actions to end US wars and occupation and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, and green jobs. We have become famous for confronting the warmongers and calling out injustices, whether we're reminding Condoleeza Rice she has blood on her hands at a congressional hearing, or unfurling banners within the national Republican and Democratic conventions, or staging citizens' arrests at high-roller fundraisers. We've traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Palestine, Israel, and Egypt to forge friendships across politically closed borders and wage peace. We've joined in the Occupy Movement and the climate change movement, highlighting the disastrous economic and ecologic costs of war. We passed a national resolution of mayors calling out "Bring our war dollars home!" And we've uplifted the voices of the least heard women suffering under occupation.

CODEPINK has become a recognizable force for justice around the globe and a household word among progressives. Our work, however, is far from over. While most of our troops have come home from Iraq, we've left a country ravaged by occupation: malnutrition, disease, civil strife, religious fundamentalism, and economic despair. The occupation of Afghanistan continues into its 11th year. We must remain ever-vigilant, ever creative, ever active.

Please join us in celebrating 10 years of creative resistance - from peace rallies to the Pink House in DC, from unfurling banners to understanding power, from marching in the streets to writing parodies, from pink slip banner drops to bikini-clad Ahava boycotts, from sending delegates abroad to strengthening our communities at home!