August 2, 2007
The news has been full of "bad girls"lately—Paris in jail, Lindsay back in rehab, Britney melting down. With all this celebrity gossip filling the media, we don't hear enough about the important work women are doing in the world. Today, we want to take a moment to honor the Gals in the House—our heroines in both the House of Congress and the CODEPINK DC House!
On July 20th, Congressional divas Lynn Woolsey, Barbara Lee, and Maxine Waters sent a letter to the President, signed by 70 Representatives,
"We are writing to inform you that we will only support appropriating additional funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office." Read the full text of the letter here!
These champions of peace understand the only thing that will stop the war in Iraq is if Congress votes to stop funding all military operations, except the safe removal of all U.S. soldiers and contractors from Iraq on a rapid and binding timeline. In September, Congress will vote on another $142 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for FY 2008. During August ask your Representative to sign on to this letter pledging they will no longer buy Bush's war. + Barbara Lee's bill, H.R. 2929, preventing permanent military bases in Iraq and barring US control over Iraqi oil resources, passed in the house last week. The Gals are leaving no troops behind!
Because of our persistence the tides are shifting, and the women of the CODEPINK DC House have been at the forefront, attending hearings as the Pink Police, passing out Pink Peace Prescriptions, being visible and vocal throughout Capitol Hill, never letting Congress forget their mandate to end the war. Since the DC House opened in March, over 150 dedicated, creative people have been in residence. Every week of June and July, we hosted 25 activists--some seasoned, some brand new--from around the country to take part in trainings and direct actions in Congress.Amazing things have happened as a result of these DC action camps.
Terra from Lynchburg, VA went home to organize the first ever CODEPINK group in her town. She writes: "At first, I was afraid to speak out in Lynchburg...however, I learned that my city was full of beautiful people who wanted justice and an end to this bloody war, people who did not have a venue or outlet to express themselves." Through CODEPINK, she was able to give them that outlet.
Come experience the power of CODEPINK'S actions in DC. September 15-20 will be a particularly charged time, including a mass mobilization and a People's March through Congress.You can apply to stay at the DC House for an entire week, but space is limited so apply today! Click here to join us in DC this Fall!
The house has been getting so much press- we love it!
Keep up the pressure at home in August and join us in DC in September!
With peace, hope and excitement,
Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, January, Jodie, Karin, Leslie, Laurie, Liz, Medea, Midge, Nancy, Pamela, Patricia, Rae, Rocio, Samantha, Vanessa & all the DC House alums
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Slip Cheney petition if you haven't had a chance!
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