For Immediate Release
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, 415-235-6517
Blaine Clarke, CODEPINK DC, 757-870-0691
On War anniversary TODAY, CODEPINK Calls for Shoe-Thrower's Release, Demand Arrest of True War Criminal: George W. Bush
WASHINGTON - On the sixth anniversary of the disastrous Iraq War, members of the
women's peace group CODEPINK and other activists will gather TODAY outside
the Iraqi embassy here and call for the release of Muthader al-Zaidi,
the Iraqi journalist sentenced to three years in prison last week for
throwing his shoes at Pres. Bush, and the arrest of Bush.
WHAT: CODEPINK to call for al-Zaidi's release and arrest of true war criminal, Pres. Bush, on war anniversary
WHEN: 10 a.m. TODAY - March 19
WHERE: Outside Iraqi Embassy, 1801 P Street, NW
With creative posters and banners, the women will highlight the
irony of the sentence so close to the war anniversary: al-Zaidi was
jailed for "insulting" Bush at a Baghdad press conference, while Bush,
who lied to the world six years ago to launch an economy-draining,
illegal war of "shock and awe" that has killed 4,000 Americans and more
than 1 million innocent Iraqis, walks free.
"It's outrageous that al-Zaidi could get two years in prison for
insulting George Bush, when Bush is directly responsible for the death
and displacement of millions," said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of
CODEPINK. "The one who should be in jail is George Bush, and he should
be charged with war crimes."
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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.