While the war rages on, there is one amazing accomplishment we've achieved this year: We in the peace movement have moved from a minority viewpoint to representing the majority of people in this country!
In 2006 we must demand that our elected leaders listen to the people and bring the troops home. Please help us accomplish this by making a tax-deductible year-end donation to CODEPINK. You can also give a gift of peace to your friends and family by donating in their name.
Here are some of the highlights of our efforts over the last year:
- We delivered over $600,000 in humanitarian aid to Iraqi civilians after the destruction of Fallujah.
- Whether at Presidential Inauguration, John Bolton's Senate confirmation hearing, Condoleezza Rice's address at the SF Commonwealth Club, Donald Rumsfeld's talk at the Beverly Hills Hilton, or Dick Cheney's fundraiser in Houston, we consistently infiltrated Bush administration gatherings to say, "Stop the Killing, Stop the Torture, No More Lies."
- We spent the summer in Crawford, Texas, supporting Cindy Sheehan and helping to build the phenomenal Camp Casey peace movement that garnered the attention of the entire world.
- We doubled our e-mail list almost 100,000 people and we now have over 250 CODEPINK local chapters worldwide.
- We unveiled our new book, Stop the Next War Now, an amazing collection of essays by visionary women, and embarked on a book tour that has taken us to over 75 cities.
- We've visited high schools, concerts, colleges, and military recruiting centers to encourage young people not to join the military. Due to the effectiveness of the counter-recruitment movement, the military has failed to reach its recruiting quotas.
- CODEPINK spearheaded a campaign to bring home the California National Guard, using the lessons of Hurricane Katrina to show how we need the Guard to protect us here at home.
- Speaking of Katrina, CODEPINK delivered over $20,000 in aid to survivors, and during the Thanksgiving holiday we sent a delegation to New Orleans help rebuild homes.
- We created an online anti-war petition, onemillionreasons.org, that became a vibrant tapestry of individual voices to end the war and in September, we delivered them in person to the White House.
- We've built global ties through a peacemaking delegation to Iran, a peace tour through Italy, the war tribunal in Turkey, Britain's Stop the War assembly, a gathering in Thailand of women worldwide, and our participation in the World Social Forum in Brazil.
And we're just getting started! In 2006 we'll kick off a powerful year to end the war in Iraq. In January, the California State Assembly will vote to bring home our National Guard, and we intend to take our National Guard campaign nationwide. In February we'll be sending our love to the troops with a huge action for Valentines Day. For March 8th, International Women's Day, we're mobilizing a global Women Say No To War campaign. We'll be marching to U.S. Embassies in dozens of countries, holding rallies and delivering signatures demanding an end to the occupation and violence. In the U.S., we'll bring Iraqi women to join us as we lobby the UN, the U.S. government and key embassies to raise the voices of women worldwide demanding an end to war.
Our work is only possible, of course, thanks to your involvement and financial support. Please help us with a generous donation so we can make 2006 the year we brought our troops home and laid the groundwork for stopping the next war... NOW!
Wishing you peace in the New Year,
Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin, Gael Murphy; Co-Founders
CODEPINK Women for Peace
P.S. For a contribution of $50- $99, we will send you a CODEPINK tote bag or a signed copy of Cindy Sheehan's Dear Mr. President. Contributions of $100 or more will receive both complimentary gifts. And remember, CODEPINK T-shirts, books, and other items on our website make great holiday gifts.
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