Post Action: CODEPINK Brings "Out of Iraq" Message to Governor Huckabee Forum
January 31st, 2008
"As a reverend, one would expect Huckabee to have a reverence for life, and to condemn the deaths of innocent Iraqi civilians and US soldiers in Iraq. On the heels of the release of a report about a huge spike in military suicides, Huckabee continues to see putting our troops in harm's way as a viable solution to the mess the US has created in Iraq," Rae Abileah of CODEPINK stated.
As one of the activists was carried out of the forum by a staff member chanting "Governor Huckabee, Bring the Troops Home, Set a Timeline for Withdrawal", while the other remained standing with a peace sign to witness Huckabee's "celebration" of the protest, which he declared a symbol of free speech in America and juxtaposed with potential "life in prison" in countries like "Cuba and Iran." The other activist was escorted out of the event after stating that if Huckabee is for cutting government spending, he should advocate an end to war funding and a withdrawal of troops. She yelled "There is no military solution! Out of Iraq!" while being escorted out.
The activists are Nancy Mancias of CODEPINK Women for Peace and Global Exchange and Rae Abileah, National Grassroots Coordinator for CODEPINK Women for Peace.