Muslim women and CODEPINK to deliver white roses to Obama hotel
Urge Obama to call for ceasefire on
WHAT: CODEPINK, Muslim women deliver
white roses to Obama's DC hotel, plea for ceasefire
WHEN: 12 p.m. Jan. 9 - TOMORROW
WHERE: Begin at 16th and H Streets NW (across from the Hay-Adams
Hotel where Obama will be staying)
Speakers: Anisa Abd el Fattah, chairwoman, National Association of Muslim
Mary Kate Chaath, Palestinian-American
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder
Moderated by Gael Murphy, CODEPINK
WASHINGTON -- To plea with President-elect Barack Obama to speak
out against Israel's war on Gaza, CODEPINK
and Muslim women will deliver a flood of white roses at 12 p.m. Friday
to Obama's Washington, DC hotel, the Hay-Adams Hotel at 16th and H Streets
They will host a press conference outside the hotel with their message,
"Please do not be silent. The children of Gaza need your help."
Of the 600 Palestinians killed in the attacks of the past 13 days, one
in five have been children. Obama has been made no condemnation of the
massacre, nor a call for an immediate ceasefire.
The white rose plea to Obama to speak out harkens back to the White Rose
Society the World War II non-violent resistance group in Germany
a tiny band of college students and their professor adopted the
motto "We will not be silent" and exposed what they saw and
knew was happening around them.
"We must push Obama to show moral leadership and truly be the peace
president the American people elected," said Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
Following the press conference, the women will gather in front of the
White House and march at 1 p.m. to Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill for
a rally from 2 to 4 p.m. The march and rally are organized by the National
Association of Muslim American Women.
CODEPINK will also sell white roses through
its Web site for people to send to Obama and is asking its members to
contact Obama's transition team at 1-202-540-3000 (x 2) to ask for an
immediate ceasefire and massive humanitarian aid to the civilians.
For information about the action, please call Medea Benjamin at 415-235-6517.
To learn more about the current crisis in Gaza, click