Mothers and Daughters Descend on DC
for Mothers Day
Gilda Carbonaro, a mother and teacher from Maryland,
whose son died one year ago today will be available for comments at the Rayburn
building followed by a meeting with other military moms, actress Gaby Hoffman
and Florida members of the peace group CODEPINK at Representative Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen's office and a Congressional Tea. Thursday the 10th is the one
year anniversary of the death of Gilda's son, Alex. Carbonaro, 28, a marine
with the 2nd reconnaissance battalion, died of injuries he sustained May 1,
2006 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province of Iraq.
WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, May10th
Lunch with Military Moms: 1:30-2:45pm, Rayburn Cafeteria
Congressional Tea with
Representatives: 4:30pm, Mott House 122 Maryland Ave
Military moms Tina Richards, Sara Rich- mother of Suzanne Swift, Cindy Kaylor
and Stefanie Pelkey along with Representatives Jane Harman, Maxine Waters,
Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Barbara Lee and Senator Barbara Boxer will attend the
Congressional Tea to show support of those who have lost loved ones in the war
and to bring attention to fact that the troops need to be brought home now.
"The original intent of Mother's Day
was not to give your mom chocolates or breakfast in bed, but for mothers to
join together to stop war," says Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK. As
well as being in the halls of Congress near everyday, CODEPINK works very
closely in support of military mothers, military families and veteran organizations.
For more information, please see www.codepinkalert.org
See CODEPINK in action at www.youtube.com/dontbuybushswar
To set up interviews with CODEPINK cofounders or any other
personalities listed above before Mother's Day or during the 5 days of action
please contact Dana Balicki (202) 422-8624 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stefanie Pelkey is a retired military officer - she left in September 2004 and
her husband Michael, also in the military died on November 5, 2004. She was the
first female to serve in the Field Artillery Battalion (1st of the 94th Field
Artillery Battalion in Idar-Oberstien, Germany) and one of the first three
females in Germany to ever be placed in an all-male combat arms unit
Tina Richards is the founder of Grassroots America, a civic minded organization
for Peace and Social Justice.. She is the mother of a Marine who served
two tours in Iraq.
She came to DC in January to stop her son's third deployment aa he suffered
from PTSD and undiagnosed Tramatic Brain Injury, but has stayed to spearhead
the "Swarm on Congress" in an effort to end the war.
Sara Rich is the mother of an AWOL US soldier facing re-deployment to Iraq. Sara's
daughter Suzanne Swift searched her soul and decided that she could not go back
and continue to go out on what she calls "useless missions." Nor
could she continue to cope with the constant sexual harassment and fear of rape
by her own officers and fellow soldiers that she had to endure.