CODEPINK Camps Outside Berkeley Recruiting Station, Leading Up to the 5th Anniversary of the Iraq War

Contact: Medea Benjamin, (415) 235-6517
Nancy Mancias, (415) 342-6409

March 10th, 2008

Camp to Bridge Peace Community and Environmental Movement In Ending Dependence On Oil

As a lead up to the 5th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, members of the women's peace group CODEPINK will launch a 24-hour week-long camp on Monday, March 10, 2008 outside the Berkeley Recruiting Station. The vibrant anti-war group has held a peaceful demonstration outside the station since the fall of 2007. During that time they were given their own parking space and approval by the Berkeley City Council to continue their protest of the recruiting station.

WHAT: Week Long Camp and Demonstration
WHEN: Monday March 10th 12noon - Friday March 14th 12noon
WHERE: Berkeley Recruiting Station, 64 Shattuck Square (Shattuck Ave just south of University where Shattuck runs one-way north)
VISUALS: Flatbed truck with greenery, tents, pink banners, food, lite music

“We will spend the week creating a vision of the world we want to live in, where are resources are put into building a clean, green, sustainable economy instead of waging aggressive wars against countries that never attacked us,” says CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “What better place to do it than the Marine Recruiting Center in Berkeley, which has become a national symbol of two different world views.”

Members of the camp will take part in a week of activities ranging from pink pajama parties, petition drive, green workshops, yoga, guest speakers and a movie screening.

"We're having a 24-hour week long camp to promote safe, healthy and strong, environmentally well communities, as well as our 'pink agenda' for peace," says Nancy Mancias of CODEPINK. "It will be a fun way to bridge the peace community and the growing environmental movement to stop the war in Iraq and end our addiction to oil."

CODEPINK has collected hundreds of signatures on a petition to rezone military and private military contractor offices in the city. Upon gathering 2,000 signatures this initiative will be added to the ballot in November. for more info