For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, 415-235-6517
Jean Stevens, national media coordinator, 508-769-2138

War is Money Down the Drain: CODEPINK Protests Afghanistan Escalation

WASHINGTON -  As President
Obama prepares to issue his long-awaited plan for the U.S. war in Afghanistan,
activists nationwide prepare to take to the streets to oppose the escalation of
the U.S. war in Afghanistan and to demand instead for a redirection of
resources toward human needs.  Concerned citizens, many of whom helped
elect the president based on an anti-war platform, will gather publicly to
watch the President's address on December 1 at 8 pm EST.


activists strongly oppose the addition of troops to the already volatile situation
in Afghanistan. “The United States cannot solve Afghanistan’s problems with
military solutions,” said CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans, who recently
returned from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan. “Adding troops will lead to
more civilian casualties which will lead to more recruits for the Taliban—and a
protracted war that the American people don’t support. This is not the ‘hope’
so many voted for.”


Medea Benjamin: “The people of Afghanistan are looking for diplomatic and
economic support, not soldiers, and the American people are looking for a way
out of our economic morass. Spending a million dollars per soldier for another
30,000-plus soldiers is only deepening our economic crisis. Enough is enough.”


are planned nationwide, including:

• Washington, DC: 11 a. m Dec. 1, March
from Treasury Dept to White House, another rally at White House 5 p. m. on Dec
1 & 2 [contact:]

• Berkeley: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 64
Shattuck Square (gather at Marine Officers Recruiting Station), then to join
the San Francisco protest at 5 p.m. [contact:]

• Bangor, ME: 5 p.m., Dec. 2,
Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building, 202 Harlow St. [contact: Lisa Savage,

• Boston: 5 p.m., Dec. 2, Boston Common, Brewer
Fountain, near Park Street Station [contact: Cole Harrison, 617-466-9274]

• Chicago: 5 p.m., Dec. 2 and Saturday, Federal
Plaza, Adams & Dearborn Streets [contact:]

• Detroit: 4:00
p.m., Dec. 2, Federal Building, 477 Michigan Ave., []

• Hartford, CT: 5 p.m., Dec. 2,
Federal Building, 450 Main St. [contact: Marissa Jaczewska, 860-216-0566]

• Killeen, TX: Nov. 30, 11 a.m., press
conference, 17 S. College St., Under the Hood Café

• Los Angeles,
: 5 p.m., Dec. 2, Federal Building, Wilshire &
Veterans, [contact:,

• New Haven, CT: 5 p.m., December 2,
Federal Building, 150 Court Street [contact: Chris Garaffa, 203-803-9066]

New York: 6 p.m., Dec. 2, Times Square [contact:]

Orange County: 5:30
p.m., Dec. 2, Plaza Square (Chapman Ave & Glassell St) in Orange, CA

• Phoenix, AZ: 4:30 p.m., Dec. 2,
24th St. and Camelback, marching to the offices of Senators Kyl and McCain

Pittsburgh, PA: Dec. 2, University of Pittsburgh, Campus, [contact:, 412-389-3216]

Portland, ME: 5 p.m., Dec. 2,
Monument Square [contact: Lisa Savage, 207-643-2356]

Portland, OR: 5 p.m., Dec. 2, SW Madison & SW Third

Providence, RI: 5 p.m., Burnside
Park [contact: Kathy Lessuck, 401-633-5063]

• San Francisco: [contact: Janet Weil,]

* 11 a.m., Dec. 1, Press conference, New Federal Building, 7th
& Mission

* 5 p.m.,
Dec. 1,
Activist gathering to watch the President's address,

Tommy’s Joynt at Van Ness & Geary;

* 5 p.m., Dec. 2, rally, Powell
& Market, organized by ANSWER

* 5 p.m., Dec. 2, Federal Building, candlelight vigil organized by AFSC.


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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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