For Immediate Release
CODEPINK Plans Vigil for Drone Victims Outside the Pakistani Embassy with Members of the Pakistani Community
WASHINGTON - In light of the decision to delay John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director and the call by Congress for the administration to release the missing legal opinions about targeted killings, CODEPINK is organizing a week of actions to show the growing opposition to killer drones.
Our last action is a vigil outside the Pakistani Embassy, with the support of the students from the Pakistani Students Associations at George Washington and George Mason University. We will also be delivering a letter to Ambassador Sherry Rehman urging her to organize more actions of solidarity for Pakistanis and Americans around this important issue and asking her to work with the Pakistani government to protect national sovereignty.
“Finally, more and more Americans are waking up to the fact that our drones have been killing thousands of people who we can’t even identify, fueling new recruits for extremists groups and jeopardizing our national security,” says CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “If we have any sense of morality, if we care about international law, if we believe in the values of a democratic society, we have to speak out against the monstrous killer drone program that John Brennan has concocted.”
Where: Pakistani Embassy, 3517 International Ct NW
When: Friday, February 22, 2013, 3 p.m.
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.