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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2011
8:21 AM

CONTACT: CODEPINK

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK 415-235-6517medea@globalexchange.org

CODEPINK Delivers State of the Union Report Card to White House

WASHINGTON - January 25 - On Tuesday, January 25, the day of President Obama’s State of the Union address, CODEPINK Women for Peace will deliver an oversized report card to the White House that assesses the President’s job performance.  

“We wanted to give Obama good grades, but in all honesty we couldn’t,” says CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “Since coming to office, he has escalated the war in Afghanistan, authorized more drone attacks in Pakistan that have killed more civilians, kept Guantanamo open, supported Israeli war crimes and raided the homes of peace activists. And in a time of budget cutting and economic hardship, he has actually increased military spending. Sorry, but that just doesn’t make the grade.”

What: Press Event
Where: In front of the White House
When: 12 noon, Tuesday, January 25th

The group will also deiiver a petition signed by over 150 prominent activists, authors, and academics with a statement that begins:

"We the undersigned share with nearly two-thirds of our fellow Americans the conviction that our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq should be ended and that overall military spending should be dramatically reduced.  This has been our position for years and will continue to be, and we take it seriously.  We vow not to support President Barack Obama for renomination for another term in office, and to actively seek to impede his war policies unless and until he reverses them."

Among the signers are 
Elliott Adams, president, Veterans For Peace; 
Medea Benjamin, cofounder, Code Pink; Daniel Ellsberg, former State and Defense Dept. official, whistleblower of Pentagon Papers; 
Chris Hedges, author, Death of the Liberal Class; 
Bill Quigley from the Center for Constitutional Rights; and  Rabbi Michael Lerner, Network of Spiritual Progressives.

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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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