Barack Obama gave a powerful message last night when he said that the election was not about him, but about us. The same is true for the change we are so anxious to see-it's about us building the momentum. That's why CODEPINK and other grassroots activists from all over the country were so determined to take the message of peace to the Democratic National Convention. While Barack Obama barely mentioned Iraq in his acceptance speech, we were there all week long to bring a peace platform to the DNC.
Yes, there were some places where we were not welcome (and even kicked out!) but most delegates embraced us with love and gratitude. They, too, are frustrated by the lack of leadership in our country when it comes to getting out of Iraq, and are ready to stand up for issues and not just candidates. Over 1,000 delegates wore or held our message, I am A Delegate for PEACE.
On our pinked up rollerblades and bicycles we painted Denver pink with PEACE. We even created a giant "Make Out Not War" aerial image with our bodies--and check out more great DNC photos here. We covered the streets with our powerful posters, designed by Favianna Rodriquez. They are now collectors' items. Click here to get yours at the CODEPINK store.
Of course not every single moment was peachy with peace. While many of the police in Denver loved our visuals and Make Out Not War stickers, sometimes they over-reacted with protestors. Click here to see CODEPINKer Alicia Forrest slammed to the ground by a police officer. Thankfully Alicia is recovering and will pursue legal action against those responsible for this extreme use of force.
No rest for CODEPINK! We are off to St. Paul, Minnesota now, and are excited to bring our message of peace to the Republican National Convention. Be sure to watch for our pink presence in the RNC media coverage!
Raising a ruckus for peace,
Alicia, Anne, Dana, Deidra, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Medea, Nancy, Rae and Tighe
p.s. A huge thank you to everyone who made this week in Denver possible, from those who sent us banners, costumes and other visuals to those who traveled across the country to join us. We couldn't have done it without you!!!