Dear CODEPINK Activist,
Tired of sitting at your computer reading depressing news? Ready for some activism that gets you out into the real world and revives your spirit? So are we!
In the coming months, CODEPINK will join other peace-lovers in some amazing actions here at home and overseas. We’ll help close the School of the Americas, join military families in Round Two of the historic camp-out at Crawford, Texas, break the ban on travel to Cuba, and visit Venezuela for the World Social Forum.
So it’s a perfect time to stop reading the bad news and start making some good news.
- Help rebuild New Orleans, anytime
New Orleans is in need of support now as much as ever! Medea Benjamin has spent the last few days in and around New Orleans working with Common Ground Collective and other groups setting up clinics and cleaning up some of the poorest and hardest hit neighborhoods in the city (click here to read Medea’s blogs). One very generous New Orleans resident (living elsewhere for now) has given us her house to fill with people who can come and help restore and revive New Orleans. Come down and spend as much time as you can with us and the people of Louisiana in their time of great need. And if you’re available Thanksgiving week, Common Ground Collective is organizing caravans to come for the week. Click here to sign up to go to New Orleans or to help others get there.
- November 18-20, 2005, Ft. Benning, Georgia, Close the School of the Americas
Join CODEPINK and thousands of peaceful, faith-based people from all over the country to call for the closing of a military training school whose graduates from Latin America have used their skills to wage war against those working for social justice such as educators, union organizers, religious workers and student leaders. We guarantee a profound, transformative experience.
- November in Crawford, Texas, Spend Thanksgiving with Cindy Sheehan outside George Bush’s Ranch
For those who made it to Crawford during the historic 26-day vigil in August, it was an experience of a lifetime. Now you’ll have another chance to join Cindy Sheehan and other military families and veterans as they once again camp on the doorstep of George Bush’s ranch, demanding that he bring our troops home from Iraq.
- December 27-January 3, Cuba, Spend New Years in Havana and assert your right to travel
Join a group of fun-loving and freedom-loving Americans to break George Bush’s ban on travel to Cuba. Join co-founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, together with Academy Award winning producer Paul Haggis, as we visit with farmers at their co-ops, doctors at their family clinics, dancers at the National Folklore Group, and young people at the ballpark. Don’t miss this historic chance to dance salsa, drink mojitos, and visit beautiful beaches -- all while defending our constitutional right to travel! For more information and an application please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Friendship Delegation page at the CODEPINK website.
- January 23 - February 4, Venezuela, World Social Forum
A Global Exchange Reality Tour to Venezuela, co-sponsored by CODEPINK! At the World Social Forum, five years of uniting the world's peoples' movements, indigenous communities, women's movements, human rights organizations, environmentalists, intellectuals, students, activists, and citizens of the North and South have led to the beginning of true alternative economic structures which prove that Another World is not only possible, it is happening. This group will examine the realities of women, Afro-Venezuelans, indigenous communities, and how new political terrain is being created within Venezuela.
Remember, as you travel, help spread the word about CODEPINK's message of peace by wearing PINK, click here to get your pink gear!
We look forward to seeing you -- in person!
Dana, Emily, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Medea, Rae & Tiffany
P.S. With almost 2000 soldiers dead, we must be ready with our actions and candlelight vigils to show the country our true patriotism. Please email your action and vigil ideas to Tiffany at email@example.com.