July 1, 2005

Dear CODEPINK supporter,

Medea Benjamin is among the 1,000 women collectively nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. These courageous women from 150 countries are honored for their daily commitment to fostering peace and bringing justice to all corners of the globe. These women lead by example; they offer us a path to change and often under dire circumstances. Peace is more than the absence of war; it is human security, equality and opportunity. These basic ideals don't come easily, if at all, to most of the world's people. The 1,000 brave women being honored spend their lives trying to make the culture of peace a global reality.

This is a great honor for me, and also for all the women of CODEPINK who've been working so hard for peace over the last three years. And this is an amazing opportunity to promote the work of all 1,000 women on this list, who in their own special ways are pushing and striving and protesting for peace and justice,” was Medea's response after hearing the news.

Forty of the 1,000 women nominated are from the US. In addition to Medea, five of the women nominated are contributors to CODEPINK's newest book
Stop The Next War Now, Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney, Elise Marie Biorn-Hansen Boulding, Noeleen Heyzer and Holly Near.

Please join us in celebrating these women and the all the women who work daily to create a peaceful and just world.

A great way to celebrate is to join us this 4th of July in action, and sign up to join us on September 24th –26th in WDC for a massive mobilization to call for an end to the occupation of Iraq.

Women Rock! (except Sandra Day O'Connor today)

Dana, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Rae, and Tiffany

P.S. Join Arundhati Roy and the Jury of Conscience from the World Tribunal in Iraq, endorse their findings and recommendations and read more about this historic event.