November 17, 2005
Dear CODEPINK activist,
The season of thanks is approaching swiftly, and while many of us have warm homes and families to surround and support us, there are still families from New Orleans who cannot return to their homes and communities. Click here to read a recent article by Medea Benjamin on the difficulties families face on the return home to New Orleans.
This Thanksgiving, CODEPINK will not only be talking about our vision for a more just society, we will also be doing something about it! The CODEPINK volunteer delegation will be spending the Thanksgiving week working in New Orleans' 9th Ward, in solidarity with local folks, the common Ground Collective and other volunteers from around the country. Each day we will divide into working teams and focus on clean up and rebuilding projects. On Thanksgiving Day we will have a Thank You Feast where the volunteers and returning residents can share their hopes and dreams for this city and our nation.
With this trip we will be providing an opportunity for CODEPINK volunteers to connect with local residents, to learn first hand what happened and what is happening in NO today, and to return to their communities and share their personal experiences.
If you cannot be there in body, you can be there in spirit by donating to CODEPINK's relief efforts! Click here to see a list of supplies that your donation will bring to the people of New Orleans.
This holiday season, please lend your generosity to the affected communities of the Gulf Region and celebrate the spirit of giving thanks by giving families a chance to rebuild their homes and their lives. Click here to donate.
Solidarity not charity!
P.S. Active Duty Army Specialist Katherine Jashinski is refusing to fight in the Middle East, becoming the first woman Conscientious Objector in this war. Read her compelling statement and press release and we will send you further updates on her case after we meet with her this weekend.