We sure had an interesting action at the ULTA
cosmetic store on Clark and Wellington! Accompanied by Rae from national CodePINK, about 6
of us went into the store, found the Ahava display, and put on robes, towels on
our heads, and mud mask on our faces and hands. We then did a bit of street
theater, which was Academy Award worthy!
We were asked to leave the store, and we did, albeit
veeerrryyy slowly as we chanted and talked to customers.
We were followed by 2
counter-protesters who also left the store. Outside of the ULTA store, we stood vigil and thanked people
for not buying Ahava products. The counter-protesters stood with us, unfurling
an Israeli flag. They just didn't get it.
As we were standing vigil, a woman
(who was not part of our group) came out of the store and one of the
counter-protesters asked her to buy Ahava products. Her response: No, because
it's from occupied land. That was rewarding!
CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. The name CODEPINK satirized the Bush Administration's color-coded, fear-mongering "security" alert system that has since been phased out. CODEPINK is a lively call for the people of the world to "wage peace." More...