For Immediate Release
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, 415-235-6517
Jean Stevens, national media coordinator, 508-769-2138
Pledges to Remind Him to Keep His Peace Promises!
CODEPINK Takes Action on Day One of America's New Era Under President Obama
WASHINGTON - On Day One of a new presidential era, a new era for the world, the leading peace activist group CODEPINK will begin an inspiring next era of its own -- one reflecting the greater political context of hope and the potential for a world with peace -- at 3 p.m. today outside the White House, sending the message to Obama that CODEPINK will remind him, and help him, keep his campaign promises for peace.
WHAT: CODEPINK on Day One of new era: "Yes, we can-can create peace"!
WHEN: 3 p.m., Jan. 21
WHERE: In front of White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (please call for exact location).
About two dozen CODEPINK women from around the country will host the group's first action of the Obama Administration. Wearing the same incredibly cheerful skirts, tutus, sparkling headbands and feather boas that charmed thousands of Americans for the past few days, gathered here for the Inauguration ceremonies, they will can-can dance, sing and inspire the message, "Yes, we can-can stop war!" (view photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/codepinkalert/sets/72157612647235583/).
The women will also pass out hot pink ribbons that read "Obama, keep your promise," designed to inspire wearers to push Obama to keep his campaign promises for peace. Various banners of CODEPINK's six years of work will describe those promises, including "Pull Troops Out of Iraq," "Talks with Iran," "Shut down Guantanamo" and "No war in Afghanistan."
CODEPINK formed in 2003 in the months before the Iraq War as a creative, action-oriented group dedicated to ending war and creating peace. It was recently named the "Most Valuable Progressive Group" of the Bush administration by The Nation magazine (read it here: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat/398667/most_valuable_progressives...)
"Code Pink was never merely a protest group," Nichols writes. "It was a community of hope, and the election of Barack Obama serves as least to some extent as a realization of that hope. But Code Pink activists have always leavened their hope with realism. They know that Obama will need prodding."
For more information, please call Jean Stevens at 508-769-2138.
CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects foreign policies based on domination and aggression, and instead calls for policies based on diplomacy, compassion and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.