Tuesday, CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin dusted off her old
press pass and was able to attend President Obama's speech
on the economy at Georgetown University. While
CODEPINKers held signs outside the
event saying “Stop Funding Wall Street
and Wars”, Medea sat and listened to the speech. After
the talk was over, Medea bolted to the front of the room, and
found herself shaking hands with Obama.
have to get out of Afghanistan and Iraq,” she
urged him. “With this economic crisis, we can't
afford these wars.”
smiled and said,
“Give us time. Believe me, I want to get out as well.”
content to leave it at that, Medea pressed on,
“We also have to make deeper cuts in the military budget,
like all those bases we have overseas where the local people
don't even want us.”
the officials were moving the President along, he looked back
at her and said, “Yes,
we're taking a look at all the places in the budget where
we can make cuts.”
But in the meantime, Obama is widening
the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and committing
more and more of our taxdollars to another unwinnable military
folly. The only way we will force Obama
and Congress to change course in Afghanistan is if we are able
to turn public opinion against this war, as we did in the case
of the Iraq war.
We need to start by raising awareness
about Afghanistan among our friends and family. Click
here to learn how you can organize or join a house
party to watch films about Afghanistan and discuss how we can
help bring Afghan women to the negotiating table.
We must prioritize the human needs in
the region, which we feel are best represented by the women of
Afghanistan. To support their right to protest oppressive
laws we are starting an outreach campaign to dialogue with them.
Starting next week, we'll be posting a series of interviews with
Afghan women on our Pink
Tank blog. In the meantime, don't forget to read this
vivid New York Times article about the brave Afghan
women mobilizing and marching for their rights in Kabul, Afghanistan.
here to join our Obama's
Promises action team for special updates on how to
hold Obama accountable - here you can also find links to join
us on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and more!
Mother's Day! You can
also help the White House heed our collective voice by joining
us for Mother's Day in DC, May 9 and 10th. We will make sure
Obama can hear us from Lafayette Park as we band together to say
no to war through art and poetry and music and storytelling and
building strong, educated, vocal community. Visit mothersdayforpeace.com
to see how to join us (and how to be part of our virtual photo
quilt and knitted White House cozy even if you can't make
for rushing to the front of the room with us in the name of peace!
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Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Lydia, Medea, Nancy, Pam, Paris, and Rae
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