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For Immediate Release

Alli McCracken, CODEPINK Organizer, 860 575 5692,
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Co-founder, 415-235-6517,

Obama Speaks On Drones & Gitmo: CODEPINK Speaks Back!

Obama Speaks On Drones & Gitmo: CODEPINK Speaks Back!


When: Thursday, May 23, at 11:00 am-2pm

Where: Outside of the National Defense University at 2nd and Q Streets SW.

As President Obama hosts a press conference at the National Defense University CODEPINK and other activists will vigiling outside. President Obama will be speaking at the National Defense University on the topic of two of the most egregious crimes committed by this administration: drone strikes and Guantanamo Bay. CODEPINK and allies will rally outside the premises calling for an end to targeted assassinations and indefinite detention. Visuals include people in Guantanamo jumpsuits, life-sized Obama renditions, and a large model drone.

"We are anxious to hear what President Obama has to say, and hope he will announce measures to close Guantanamo and stop the drones wars," said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. "But if President Obama continues to rely on killing by remote control and locking people up indefinitely, we will be constantly creating new enemies and jeopardizing our national security. Respecting human rights, international law and the guarantees provided in our Constitution is the best way to keep our nation secure."

CODEPINK has launched an urgent call to save the lives of the prisoners on hunger strike in Guantanamo and has been staging actions across DC for the last several weeks. Over 1,200 people from around the world have joined a rolling hunger strike. Diane Wilson, a CODEPINK activists from Texas, has been on a water-only hunger strike since May 1st. CODEPINK is also organizing a delegation to Yemen in June to meet with drone victims and families of Guantanamo prisoners.

Benjamin, Wilson and other activists are available for interviews. Call Alli McCracken from the CODEPINK to schedule them: 860 575 5692.

CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.

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