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CODEPINK declares Obama win a victory for the peace movement
Plans to hold him to his word of ending war, restoring Main Street
D.C. -- Like the rest of the world, CODEPINK is emboldened by Sen.
Barack Obama's victory in a historic presidential election.
The victory came through the hard work of millions within the
progressive peace and justice movement within the past six years,
bolstered by a values shift among the majority of Americans and their
growing demand and faith in change -- including an end to war. It is a
victory for the movement and inspiration for further change!
"Americans have stood up to say they know the cost of war in lives,
dignity and money," said Jodie Evans, CODEPINK cofounder. "Being
against war is the winning decision. They are ready for change. War is
This victory will make it much harder for politicians to submit to
the greed of Wall Street and the war machine, bending their own morals,
by supporting war -- as they have for the past six years.
CODEPINK's work is not nearly over. CODEPINK members will be in the
halls of Congress and in city halls nationwide, using playful,
disarming methods to remind politicians of the change their
constituents demand and shine a pink light on any absurdities and
abuses of power. They
will urge them to end the occupation of Iraq and provide reparations
for its people, to refuse to send troops to another losing
war in Afghanistan, to create a diplomatic solution to the conflict
with Iran, to
restore our civil liberties and protect our
environment, to bail out homeowners in
foreclosure because of predatory lenders, and to create a NEW New Deal
America: jobs, housing, universal health care, education, roads and
"We can't stop now," said Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK cofounder. "An Obama administration will need our help to live up to its promises."
For more information, please call Jean Stevens, national media coordinator, at 646-723-1781.
CODEPINK, founded in 2002, is a women-initiated grassroots peace
and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new
wars, and redirect our resources into health care, education and other
life-affirming activities. We reject the Bush administration's
fear-based politics that justify violence, and instead call for
policies based on compassion, kindness and a commitment to
international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women
and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of
peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to