For Immediate Release
Benjamin, CODEPINK Cofounder, 415 235-6517 (available for interviews)
Dana Balicki, Campaign Manager, 202 422-8624
Women Mark Iraq War's Seventh Anniversary with Vibrant Visuals & Community Event
Joining a Nation-Wide Call to Repair the War-Torn Economy & Redirect Our Resources to Education & Healthcare
WASHINGTON - On
the anniversary of seven years of war in Iraq, CODEPINK women in
Washington, D.C. and across America will honor this tragic anniversary
with a march in the nation's capitol and a special "Women Say No To War:
Building Peace in War Zones Around the World" event with award-winning
author of the Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler, award-winning journalist Amy
Goodman, Immigration activist Pramila Jayapal, Congresswoman Donna
Edwards and more at Busboys & Poets, owned by Iraqi-American, DC
entrepreneur Andy Shallal. CODEPINK women will join the many
demonstrations occurring across the country, connecting the failing U.S.
economy with continued military spending and the largest Pentagon
budget in history.
WHAT: CODEPINK Women for Peace march on the 7th anniversary of
the Iraq War followed by an evening celebrating women peacemakers Eve
Ensler, Amy Goodman and more. The march in DC is in conjunction with
events nationwide organized around the 7th anniversary of the Iraq
invasion, additionally calling for an end to the occupation of
WHEN: March 20, march starts 12pm and "Women Say No To War:
Building Peace in War Zones Around the World" event starts at 7pm (event
is free and open to the community)
WHERE: March & Rally--CODEPINK to gather at St. Johns Church
on H & 16th Sts NW, Evening
Event--Busboys & Poets 1025 5th NW (@ K St NW)
"As the hope of a new administration leading us towards peace has faded,
it is clear that only way we will bring our troops home is to organize
the silent majority opposed to the needless wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan", states Medea Benjamin cofounder of Global Exchange and
CODEPINK. "On the 7th anniversary of the Iraq war, we are determined to
bring the voices of Main Street to the halls of power to say: Stop
funding the warfare state and redirect our resources to life-affirming
March 20th marks six years of war in Iraq, over 8 years of war in
Afghanistan, thousands of troops dead, between 100,000 and 1million
Iraqi and Afghan civilians dead. At home Americans are suffering from
joblessness while being asked by the Obama Administration to endure a
domestic spending freeze and the largest Pentagon spending budget to
date. With these anniversary actions, communities are demanding an end
to a war-torn economy and a refocus on our economic and social
priorities here at home.
From Daytona Beach, FL to Troy, MI, cities across the country activists
and concerned citizens will rally and march on Saturday, March 20, in
opposition to the ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and
calling for soldiers and desperately needed funds to return to the US.
Mass marches are planned in DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and
Chicago. For a full listing of actions please see www.codepinkalert.org/calendar
Founded in the lead up to the Iraq War in 2003, CODEPINK Women for Peace
has become a vibrant, creative voice in the peace movement, an outlet
especially for women in the United States and worldwide.
CODEPINK Cofounders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans are available for
interview/comment. Please contact Dana Balicki for more info--(202)
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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.