For Immediate Release
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder,
Joan Stallard, 202-422-6275
CODEPINK Brings Peace Message to Military Arms Exhibit on Washington Mall
Celebrates Mothers Day with an “Arms are for hugging” message and peace fair
WASHINGTON - This Mother’s Day weekend, the U.S. Armed Forces is hosting
its annual weapons exhibit on the Washington Mall, encouraging parents
to bring their children to play with the weapons.
WHAT: CODEPINK brings peace message to US Armed
Services exhibit on Washington Mall
WHEN: Saturday, May 8. Rally first from 2-3pm at Peace
Festival (the entire festival is from 1-5p) , 3:30pm media event at
WHERE: CODEPINK will leave from their Peace Festival--John Marshall Place Park, 4th
St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW and head to the Military Arms Exhibit-- Jefferson Drive NW. between 4th and 7th
(center of Mall) GOOD VISUALS and AUDIO*
CODEPINK women, bringing the energy from their peace festival with
comedian Roseanne Barr at John Marshall Place Park, will move at 3pm to
the military fair, calling for a celebration of life and peace, not
weapons and warfare.
“It saddens us that every year the military holds a war machine exhibit
on Mother's Day. This is a slap in the face to all peace-loving mothers
around the world who work to shield their children from the tragic
effects of war,” says CODEPINK Cofounder Medea Benjamin. “It violates
the original intent of Mother's Day, which was a call for peace, a call
to disarm and build a world without violence.”
Roseanne Barr will be joining the group and performing her One
Taxpaying Mothers Manifesto at the John Marshall Park. “The
solutions that I will offer, free of charge,” she says, “if implemented
immediately can save hundreds of thousands of people from the complete
and utter doom that is encircling and expanding over the earth right
now. All of my solutions to end war, hunger and disease can be paid for
with just one month of America and Israel’s combined military
The women will hand out “Arms are for hugging” stickers in and around
the Military Arms Exhibit. They will carry their 150-foot banner created
out of 6,000 knitted squares, knitted by women around the world, that
takes an excerpt from the original 1870 Mothers Day Proclamation, "We
will not raise our children to kill another mother's child." There will
also be signing and dancing to counter the message of war with the
message of joy.
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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.