Jodie Evans

Jodie Evans, a co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace, has been a community, social and political organizer for the last 30 years.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009
Thank the President for Waking the Sleeping Giant
CODEPINK issued an alert on Thursday, December 3, about the President's West Point speech on Afghanistan and his failure to respond to the many voices calling for peace. We asked people to email the White House to voice their concerns. The alert had been out for three minutes when the phone rang. My assistant Mark answered, then turned to me and said, "The White House is calling."
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Thursday, November 05, 2009
Stop US Meddling; Support Afghan Women at the Table
During my recent trip to Afghanistan, I never heard Afghans calling for a runoff election. Yes, they were furious that the U.S.-sanctioned election in August was fraught with fraud, and they knew (with the current election commission) only fraud could again result. Their hopes had been dashed on the rocks once, and they didn't want it repeated. Yet Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations-talked Karzai into a "runoff election." Did Senator Kerry ask the Afghan people if they wanted one? Apparently, this didn't matter.
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Thursday, October 08, 2009
Afghanistan: Will Obama Listen to the Women?
October 7, 2009 With the eighth anniversary of our invasion of Afghanistan nearing and a leaked letter from our general in Afghanistan that he wants another 40,000 troops before the funding for the last request of 21,000 has really been fully voted on, we felt it was time to go to Afghanistan and speak to the women. What do they want to say to President Obama?
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Pelosi Is an Expert at 'Drowning Out Opposing Views'
Disruption of the health care town hall meetings has triggered some rich debate about free speech in the U.S. In these discussions, CODEPINK has been referenced several times as the group that has most often tested the boundaries of free speech. Over the years, we've been chided and insulted by the media, Members of Congress, former Press Secretaries, and even President Bush himself. However, when Nancy Pelosi weighed in recently on the town hall "mobs," saying that "drowning out opposing views is un-American," I was compelled to respond.
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Hey, Joe Biden! Put Down the Pom-Poms
Vice President Biden dusted off a pair of Bush administration pom-poms and trotted out its best cheer for war last week: continued military effort and occupation in Afghanistan, he told the BBC, are in the U.S. and U.K.'s best interests as they're the only way to prevent another terrorist attack like Sept. 11. "It is worth the effort we are making," Biden said, as terror groups could "wreak havoc" on Europe and the US, and both countries must endure more "sacrifice."
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Iraq: What We Leave As We Withdraw
Not long after the statue of Saddam fell in Firdos Square, several CODEPINK women and I returned to Iraq. We'd first visited in February during the time Bush proclaimed, "The game is over" and announced his plans for "shock and awe." We'd learned then how much Iraqis loved Americans and did not want our disrupting their country; they asked us to let them deal with Saddam because the change had to come from within or it could be a disaster. We fell in love with Iraq and felt totally safe there, taking cabs in the wee hours of the morning, walking at 2 a.m.
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