JANE FONDA, SUSAN SARANDON, RHEA PERLMAN AND OTHERS TO SPEAK AT WOMEN’S PEACE RALLY ON SATURDAY MORNING
Women from throughout the United States will gather to demand an end to the Iraq war, then join with tens of thousands of people at the United for Peace and Justice anti-war march
WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2007, 10 AM
WHERE: Navy Memorial, 7th and Pennsylvania NW, Washington, DC
VISUALS: Thousands of women dressed in pink, carrying anti-war signs and banners and wearing pink boas, sunglasses, wigs and other pink accessories.
WHAT: Women celebrities who oppose the Iraq war, including Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Rhea Perlman, Eve Ensler, Mimi Kennedy, and Q'orianka Kilcher will be featured at a women's peace rally on Saturday, January 27th at 10 AM. The rally, sponsored by the national women's peace group CODEPINK, will draw thousands of women from throughout the United States, most of them dressed in the group's signature color, pink. After the rally, the women will join up with the tens of thousands of people participating in the United for Peace and Justice anti-war march.
“What is George Bush thinking? Right after the voters send a huge anti-war message in the mid-term elections, he calls for an escalation of the war,” said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and the human rights group Global Exchange. “The American people want our leaders to end this war and bring the troops home, and we're here this weekend to give that message to the President and to the new Congress.”
CODEPINK is the national women's peace group that garnered attention when its members “interrupted” prime time speeches at the Republican National Convention and the 2004 presidential inauguration. Started in the lead-up to the Iraq war, CODEPINK has inspired thousands of women throughout the United States and the world to make the color pink synonymous with political rabble rousing.
CODEPINK's co-founders and several of its members have traveled to Iraq and witnessed first-hand the tragedy of the war there. The Iraq war has so far lasted longer than World War II and cost more than the Vietnam War. It has taken the lives of 3,063 US soldiers and caused the injuries of more than 47,000 others (http://www.icasualties.org/oif/). A November 2006 study by Johns Hopkins University researchers found that an astonishing 655,000 Iraqis have died since the US invaded Iraq in 2003.
The women's peace rally is sponsored by CODEPINK as well as the National Organization for Women, V-Day, WAND, Feminist Majority, Feminist Peace Network and WATER. The anti-war march later in the day is sponsored by United for Peace and Justice (www.unitedforpeace.org), a national antiwar coalition with more than 1,400 member groups.