For Immediate Release
CODEPINK Marches to Oppose Unlimited Funding for War Abroad While Millions Live in Poverty at Home
Activists Will Attend Events Dressed as GOP Billionaires Shopping for Influence
WASHINGTON - CODEPINK will be part of the Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC and the End Poverty Now! March on Monday, July 18th to protest the GOP’s corporate backers profiteering off of endless war abroad while the shameful epidemic of poverty continues unabated in the richest country on the planet.
Dressed as GOP billionaires, activists will call attention to the millions who live in poverty while others, like weapons manufacturers, are making a killing off of killing in America’s endless wars, and the super wealthy like Donald Trump are out of touch with the reality of living in the U.S. today. They will demand that the bloated Pentagon military budget – by far the largest of any country on the planet and larger than the budget of the next seven largest national military budgets COMBINED – be cut and the funds re-directed into programs that combat poverty, such as education, social services, housing, healthcare, childcare and job training.
Coalition to Stop Trump March on the RNC
When: Monday, July 18, noon-2pm
Where: Rally at Cleveland Public Square and then march to the RNC at Quicken Arena
End Poverty Now! March
When: Monday, July 18, 2-4 pm
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Where: East 45th, just north of Superior Avenue, then march to the RNC at Quicken Arena
CODEPINK messaging: Activists will be dressed as GOP billionaires saying Tax the Poor! More corporate loopholes! Buy more bombs, who needs public schools? Who’s for sale… Haha, we’ve already bought you, etc.
Interviews with activists prior to the events or during the marches can be arranged through Alli McCracken, CODEPINK National Director, at (860) 575-5692.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to scheduling issues, the CODEPINK “No Beauty in Hate” Pageant is being re-scheduled, and will not be held today as originally planned. We will update you shortly with the new date and time. For CODEPINK’s latest updated schedule at the RNC, visit our website.
CODEPINK is in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention to call for reduced military spending, immigration policies that welcome refugees and provide amnesty to those who are undocumented, an end to drone warfare, and severed ties with repressive regimes like Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. CODEPINK is asking all presidential candidates to adopt their ten point Peace Platform which calls for foreign and domestic policy based on respect, cooperation, non-violence and diplomacy, not war and hate.
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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.