For Immediate Release
Medea Benjamin, 415-235-6517
C.J. Minster, 310-995-2991
CODEPINK Occupies City Squares to Mark 10th Anniversary of Afghanistan War
WASHINGTON - CODEPINK is marking the tenth anniversary of the Afghanistan War by getting in the streets and demanding change. From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy DC in Freedom Plaza to Occupy Together events across the country, CODEPINK women are on the front line of the movement to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and bring the money home to create jobs, fund education, provide healthcare, and protect the environment.
“A decade of occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, expending thousands of our soldiers lives and trillions of our taxdollars, has left us bankrupt. It's time to stop occupying other nations and instead occupy our own city squares, demanding an end to these wars,” explains CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin.
CODEPINK has been part of Occupy Wall Street since September 17 and its members are participating across the country in Occupy Together events. On Thursday, October 6 CODEPINK will begin Occupy K Street in Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC to end the wars and re-focus U.S. policy on human needs, not corporate greed.
“We are connecting the greed of Wall Street with the greed of war profiteers, who have been making a killing from these endless wars,” said CODEPINK organizer C.J. Minster. “We are standing up and demanding an immediate end to war and the beginning of a sustainable, renewable economy.”
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.