Peace Activists Protest George Bush at Speaking Engagements

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Dana Balicki, 202 422 8624, dana@codepink.org
Medea Benjamin, 415 235 6517, medea@globalexchange.org

Peace Activists Protest George Bush at Speaking Engagements

They move his book 'Decision Points' to the Crime Section of Bookstores

WASHINGTON - With the release of George W. Bush's memoir Decision Points,
CODEPINK activists are mobilizing throughout the country to make sure
Bush is greeted by protests. They have already "greeted him" at book signings in Dallas
and Milwaukee, and will be outside his events in Miami this weekend as
well as at the opening of Bush's Presidential Library in Dallas next
week. Activists are also descending on bookstores to move Decision Points
into the Crime section at local bookstores, and are downloading special
"This Book's Author is a War Criminal" bookmarks to put in each copy.

"With
his book, media appearances and the opening of his library in Dallas,
George Bush is being treated as a respected statesman instead of what he
really is: a war criminal," said CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin.
"That's why we, the people, have to set the record straight."
Bush's
book is causing quite a stir. In his memoir, Bush claims the German
government gave him the okay to invade Iraq but the former German
Chancellor says he's lying. Bush claims that the use of waterboarding
saved British lives, a claim that British officials dispute. And Bush's
admission that he authorized waterboarding has led Amnesty International
and the ACLU to call for his prosecution.
 

"High
officials must be held accountable for criminal acts," says CODEPINK
cofounder Jodie Evans. "Otherwise, it sends a clear message to future
administrations--including the current one--that they are not required
to uphold the basic tenets of human rights and international law."

Photos of books moved to the crime section in bookstores can be located here: http://bit.ly/wheresw

The War Criminal bookmark is available to download and insert in Bush's new memoir :

www.codepink.org/downloads/wheresW-bushsbookmark.pdf

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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.

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