Condoleeza Rice entered the Congressional hearing room on October
24th, I approached her, with no advance planning and almost without
thinking, extending my red-painted palms. I told her that the blood
of the Iraqi people was on her hands. I felt compelled to confront
her, woman-to-woman, face-to-face, for the untold death and destruction
her policies have unleashed. I had no idea that the image of this
gesture would be in newspapers
around the world. A very personal
expression by me, a schoolteacher from Texas and current CODEPINK
housemother in D.C., had global impact.
from the hundreds of thank-you notes I've received, this action
has struck a chord with people all over the country. I
have been buoyed by the gratitude, but I'm concerned, as well.
One result of my action last week was the banning of all the CODEPINK
women who were at the hearing from Capitol Hill. Now that many of
us at the CODEPINK house have a "stay-away
order" from Congress, who will take our places? Our
loud and vibrant anti-war presence in the halls of Congress these
past six months have made "business as usual" impossible.
CODEPINK needs to be there reminding
our representatives of the human costs of this war.
is why I'm urging you to help us today. There are two things you
Come join us-whether for a few days, a week or longer. We'll orient
you, show you the ropes, and pair you up with other great citizen
activists. Both women and men are invited. Click
here to learn more and fill out an application.
2. If you can't join us, please
send a donation to help give someone else the opportunity. Click
here to support our "Adopt-an-Activist"
fund to pay the airfare and living expenses of those who have the
time and passion to join us but lack the financial resources.
you for helping us to stand up against the warmongers and thank
you for helping us to work for peace with our sisters and brothers
in the Middle East.
our November Pledge to Speak Up for Peace!
to Vietnam Veteran and Activist Buddy Georgia
for winning a weeklong trip to the CODEPINK
house! He enlisted 199 friends to take our October pledge
to Stop the Next War Now!
November pledge, inspired by Desiree, is a call to Speak
Up for Peace. Sign
up now and encourage your friends and family to
pledge to raise their voices for peace, as well. You could
win your own trip to DC!
to everyone who joined one of the regional peace mobilizations on
October 27th! You can see photos, stories, and news clips from pink
contingents around the country here.
next big mobilization is the nationwide November
3rd Step it Up rally to demand leadership on global warming.
here to find out how to start or join an action in your
community; together, we can pressure our leaders to figure out how
we can best heal our planet.