February 9, 2006
Anwar Kadhim Jawad, her husband and their four children were driving down the road from their house in Baghdad one day when they were suddenly caught in a hail of bullets from US soldiers. There was no checkpoint, no warning before their car was attacked. Anwar's husband, son and two daughters were shot dead. Only Anwar, who was pregnant at the time, and her 14-year-old daughter, survived. The military gave Anwar $11,000 for her devastating loss, but Anwar wants more: She wants the foreign troops to leave her country.
On March 8, International Women's Day, Anwar will come to Washington DC with a delegation of Iraqi mothers, where they will be joined by grieving U.S. mothers like Cindy Sheehan. Together they will deliver our "Women Say No to War" signatures to the White House, meet with members of Congress, release a report on the impact of this war on Iraqi women, and call for the U.S. troops to leave Iraq.
But to bring these courageous women to the U.S., we need your help:
||Please make a financial donation to help cover the costs of their visit and support CODEPINK's Iraqi Women's Fund. You can make a tax-deductible donation by clicking here, or send checks to 2010 Linden Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90291.
||Help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures on the Urgent Call for Peace by March 8. We are still only one-third of the way to our goal. Please sign the Urgent Call and collect signatures from your friends and colleagues.
||Take an action for peace on March 8. Click here for a list of events already planned. If you don't see an event near you, click here for a list of ideas to help you organize your own!
It is tragic that the invasion that promised Iraqi women a better life has turned into a nightmare for them. Let's join forces, women and men from around the world, to put an end to the violence, the occupation, the killing.
Dana, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Rae & Tiffany
P.S. Check out our latest Women Say NO to War t-shirt, now available on our online store.
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