Activists March on Pentagon, Camp Out on the Mall, Vigil at Pelosi's House and Pray/Risk Arrest at White House
Thousands of peace activists will again converge on Washington, D.C. for the 4-year anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq to send a clear message to the newly elected Congress and the White House: It's time to stop buying Bush's war and fund a safe, speedy withdrawal to bring the troops home.
There is a growing dissatisfaction in the peace movement with Congressional leaders who said that ending the war was their top priority but continue to fund it. As the House prepares to vote on a supplemental spending bill that will allocate another $100 billion for war, CODEPINK: Women for Peace have been in the halls and offices of Congress everyday letting our representatives know that continuing to fund the war is the same as supporting it. "This is not a time to play party politics or put forward worthless compromises," said CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. "It's a time to display the courage and leadership needed to defund Bush's war."
The actions in DC for the 4 year anniversary include:
Thursday, March 15, Overnight campout at Nancy Pelosi's house in Washington, D.C.
Friday, March 16, 6-9pm, Walter Reed Vigil. CODEPINK continues its two-year long campaign outside the army hospital calling for funding to support the troops' wellbeing, not continuation of the war.
Friday, March 16, 7pm, Christian Peace Witness for Iraq. Worship and procession at the National Cathedral followed by a procession to the White House for a late-night gathering and Christian witness. Possible arrest.
Saturday, March 17, 11am, SW corner of 17th and Constitution for a CODEPINK rally, followed by a march on Pentagon at noon, 21st and Constitution.
There will be more than 400 events throughout the United States to mark the fourth anniversary of the war. CODEPINK groups around the country will be occupying and holding vigils at their representatives' offices and homes to urge an immediate end to the war. CODEPINK DC has been in congressional offices and hearings everyday since the January 27 mobilization; CODEPINK Bay Area has created a "Camp Pelosi" outside of the speaker's house in San Francisco and CODEPINK Chicago has been occupying Senator Durbin's and Obama's offices nearly everyday for 2 months.
For more information on CODEPINK actions and occupations contact Dana
Balicki, Organizer and Media Coordinator at Dana@codepinkalert.org or