For Immediate Release: June 11th, 2007
Contact:  Contact:
Medea Benjamin (415) 235-6517
Leslie Angeline (415) 260-1120


Message to Senator Joe Lieberman: Don't Bomb Iran!


Women Hold Sit-In & Hunger Strike in Senator's Office

Outraged by Senator Lieberman's comments on CBS on Sunday about wanting to bomb Iran, CODEPINK Women for Peace will hold a sit-in and hunger strike in the Senator's office to demand that he retract his call for a military attack on Iran.

In response to Lieberman's words on CBS, "I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," CODEPINK will sit-in the Senator's office until they receive a meeting. Leslie Angeline, 50, of Santa Rosa, CA, a CODEPINK member who upon returning from an Iran peace delegation, has made it her mission to stop any attack on Iran, will be sharing photos and stories from her recent trip to Iran. CODEPINK has also alerted their national membership of 200,000—including thousands of members in Connecticut—to make calls to Lieberman's office in support of Leslie's call to stop any attack on Iran.

WHEN: Tuesday June 12, 9am until the group receives a meeting with the Senator
WHERE: Senator Lieberman's Office- 706 Hart Office Building
PHOTO OPPS: Pink visuals, signs, chorus of women in pink singing "Don't Bomb Iran" (Originally performed for Sen.McCain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTEBjPCNBbc)

"Last night when I heard that Lieberman said he thought we should have military action against Iran, I decided to start a hunger strike. I won't eat until Lieberman meets with me. 70% of the Iranian population is under the age of 30—the age of my son.  Iran is a country of warm, kind, and generous children and their families. We cannot start bombing these kids," says hunger-striker Leslie Angeline who recently returned from a Citizen Diplomacy delegation to Iran organized by the international human rights organization, Global Exchange with CODEPINK. Upon returning from the trip, Leslie became determined to keep America from going to war in Iran, and booked her next flight to DC.  

CODEPINK visited the senator's DC office Monday, June 11 with a coalition of anti-war groups from around the country. The group asked that they be able to meet with Sen. Lieberman to discuss his comment but the group was denied a meeting.

CODEPINK women and men from around the country will continue their political pilgrimage to Congressional hearings, member offices and hallways to demand an end to the illegal US military occupation of Iraq and any future wars. The group is holding week-long summer trainings for the next 2 months in DC. Visit www.codepinkalert.org
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