Sunday, mercenaries for the U.S. security company Blackwater
opened fire on Iraqi civilians, killing 11 people. Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki was furious; he said the shooting was "the seventh
of its kind" and called on Blackwater to leave the country. But
the Bush administration is pressuring the Iraqis to reverse that
this, CODEPINK went into action . We gathered in Washington DC this
Wednesday at the office of the private security trade group that is the
face of Blackwater in the Capitol. After meeting for an hour with the
Director, we marched to the State Department to demand that Secretary
of State Condi Rice cancel all contracts with Blackwater.
Please join us in telling Secretary of State Rice to stop using these mercenaries in Iraq.
soldiers get paid far moreŚwith our tax dollars!--than real soldiers,
their deaths are not included in the official casualty counts, and they
are essentially accountable to no one, according to state department
We can't allow U.S. mercenaries to fire on civilians
with no accountability. And we can't allow the US government to dictate
policy to the Iraqis.
Tell Sec. Rice to cancel the contracts with Blackwater, and follow the Iraqi government's demand that Blackwater leave Iraq.
With outrage and hope,
Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jodie, Karin, Liz, Medea, Nancy, Pamela, Patricia, Rae, Samantha, and Vanessa
those of you who have signed
our pledge to Whip Congress into Shapethis is your action for the week. For those who haven't
signed our pledge, what are you waiting for? Each week, we
share a simple action, such as the one above, to help end the war.
We give you opportunities to invite your friends and family to pledge;
those who inspire the most pledges each month will win an amazing
week at the CODEPINK house in DC! For your own inspiration, be sure
out the blogs from our recent DC actions, when CODEPINK
women from 25 states came together to Whip Congress into Shape!