For Immediate Release: July 22nd, 2008

CODEPINK and Iranian Women for Peace and Justice to host "teach-in" in Sen. Evan Bayh's office, in protest of Senate Resolution 580

Gael Murphy, co-founder, 202-412-6700
Azita Shafazand, co-founder of Iranian Women for Peace and Justice, 202-497-6767
Lori Perdue, Indiana campaign coordinator, 317-902-8221

CODEPINK and Iranian Women for Peace and Justice to host "teach-in" in
Sen. Evan Bayh's office, in protest of Senate Resolution 580

WHAT: Peace activists to host teach-in to break down S.Res.580
WHEN: 1 p.m. July 24
WHERE: In Sen. Evan Bayh's office, 131 Russell Senate Office Building

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind) should sharpen his pencils and prepare to take some notes.
With a dry erase board, notebooks, small signs and brown bag lunches in hand, members of CODEPINK, Iranian Women for Peace and Justice and other peace organizations will visit Bayh's office Thursday to host a teach-in on the major flaws of S. Res. 580, which Sen. Bayh sponsored.
The resolution, like its companion bill H. Con Res. 362 which CODEPINK has lobbied against for the past few weeks, proposes to impose even stricter sanctions with the Iranian people despite evidence that sanctions will not achieve the desired results. It will not disarm Iran. Instead, these sanctions will hurt everyday Iranians, especially the most vulnerable.
In this office teach-in, CODEPINK and IWFP will call for greater diplomacy.
"Congress must understand that the only way for democratic change to happen in Iran is peacefully and from inside Iran. Strict sanctions are not a strategy to move Iran in a positive direction." says IWFPJ co-founder, Azita Shafazand.
"We know from experiences in Iraq and in Haiti that sanctions do not work," says Gael Murphy, CODEPINK co-founder. "Severe sanctions deprive the population of needed resources to meet basic human needs and negatively affect the most vulnerable segments of the population – the elderly, the young, the sick and the poor. Sanctions on Iran will only reinforce the negative counter-productive image of U.S. foreign policy."
CODEPINK and other peace groups in Indianapolis will hold a simultaneous teach-in in Senator Bayh's constituent office.

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CODEPINK, founded in 2002, is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into health care, education and other life-affirming activities. We reject the Bush administration's fear-based politics that justify violence, and instead call for policies based on compassion, kindness and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.