August 16, 2012
War-o-tainment? We don't think so! Have you heard about NBC's disturbing new reality series, "Stars Earn Stripes",
in which minor celebrities compete in fake military
exercises? This Monday, August 13th, we CODEPINK NYC
women joined Military Families Speak Out, Veterans For Peace,
and numerous peace organizations to protest this new NBC reality
Our message was loud and clear - Battle is not a sport and war is not a game! With
signs, songs, and a demand to cancel the program, we made
the news, and now we need your help to keep the call growing. Will you take a stand against the televised glorification of armed conflict and the acceptance of endless wars?
Earn your CODEPINK stripes:
Click here to add your name to our letter to NBC.
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And leave a message for NBC on the show's facebook page.
insists the show pays "homage to the men and women who
serve in the U.S. Armed Forces" but we know otherwise. War is not entertainment. Shows
like this sanitize the true cost of war, and desensitize
the viewing public to the hard, painful reality of warfare for both
soldiers and civilians. Far from honoring our armed forces,
this show trivializes them, turns their life-and-death
work into a game, a sport, something to sell commercials.
is proud to join with Nobel Peace laureates, Military
Families Speak Out, RootsAction, Veterans for Peace, the
Granny Peace Brigade and others to call on NBC to
immediately take "Stars Earn Stripes" off the air.
Military mom Anna Berlinrut said at our demo on Monday, "My
son is in a real war. He's not in a game. He doesn't win
any prizes. If he's lucky, he'll come home with his life
and with all of his limbs and with his sanity." We can't allow this new show to be a new military recruiting tool.
We need your help organizing nationally! Contact us
if you'd like to be part of a team working on getting
this show off the air. We will continue to demonstrate outside NBC in
NYC and will hand-deliver your signatures on the letter. If NBC does not
respond, our next step is to go after the show's
public attitude toward war will change when the story
about war changes, and together we can make that happen.
Thank you for standing up for peace, and for sane,
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The Occupy Movement will convene in parks across
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