For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, 415-235-6517
Jean Stevens, national media coordinator, 508-769-2138

Activists Evaluate the State of the Resistance Movement Before Trump’s State of the Union Address

When: Wednesday Feb. 28th, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Busboys and Poets (14th and V), Washington DC

Just before President Trump appears before Congress to give his State of the Union address, activists from some of the nation’s most dynamic movements will evaluate the state of rebellion against Donald Trump, including his Muslim ban, deportations of immigrants, gutting of environmental protections and his latest call for an enormous increase in the military budget at the expense of domestic needs. We will answer the critical questions: Is the movement effective? Is it sustainable? What exactly are fighting for? What is our goal? We will reflect, evaluate and recalibrate for the struggles ahead. 

Speakers include:

Gonzalo Martinez from Indivisible, the movement started by former Congressional staffers that has spawned thousands of local groups, many of whom filled the town hall meetings during last week’s congressional recess. 

Erika Andiola from Our Revolution, the group that evolved from the dynamic Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Erika Andiola is an Arizona State University graduate whose personal struggle as an undocumented woman has given her the drive and the passion to keep fighting for immigrant and human rights.  

Karen Topakian is the chair of the environmental group Greenpeace. She has been involved in nonviolent civil disobedience for three decades, with her latest arrest coming from her courageous and inspiring scaling of a crane in front of the White House to unfurl a massive banner reading “Resist.”

Medea Benjamin, the cofounder of the peace group CODEPINK, has been resisting the US wars overseas and will discuss Trump’s proposed budget, with its $54 billion dollar increase, which will make the US even more militarized and will drain funds from critical nonmilitary programs at home and abroad.

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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.

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