CODEPINK has been confronting Karl Rove for the past eight years, since
he lied the US into invading Iraq. In the spring of 2010 Karl embarked
on a nationwide book tour with his new book, Courage and Consequence
(could the title be more ironic?), and CODEPINK has been at his events,
holding up handcuffs and a citizens arrest warrant for his arrest. Will
a real cop please see to it that justice is served? If you hear that Rove
is coming to your city, follow our citizens
arrest guide and contact Nancy
for help organizing an action! See book tour dates at www.rove.com.
Arresting a Roving
War Criminal: A timeline of CODEPINK Actions to Arrest Karl Rove
Washington, DC: CODEPINK disrupts a class that Karl Rove
was teaching at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International
Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University.
Karl Rove At Center Of CIA Leak Investigation: CODEPINKers
introduce a seven foot tall Karl Rove-Brand Condom bearing the slogan,
"Some Things Should Never Leak" outside U.S. District
Court in Washington, DC. Rove made his fourth appearance before
the grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA agent's identity.
In an article titled Tickled Pink
from the Chicago Free Speech Zone Medea Benjamin is quoted as saying:
Some prominent Republicans "came out in the Washington Post
and said "[Karl] Rove is now a liability," Benjamin said.
"Bush is in trouble if his brain has become a liability "
and now Bush is also a liability to his own party."
"You pink ladies are everywhere -- didn't
I see you in Salt Lake City last week?"
-White House strategist Karl Rove
May 20, 2006
Bird Dog Rove: On a chilly, very early Saturday morning,
Karl Rove came to Wheaton, IL (Chicago Area) for a fund-raiser for
Peter Roskum. And you know that we were there to "greet"
Valerie Plame Scandal: CODEPINK was outside Patrick Fitzgerald’s
hearings on Plamegate dressed in large condoms that said, “Fire
the Leaker,” with Karl Rove’s face on the small condoms
that we handed to passersby.
Saturday before August 22, 2006
Austin, Texas: CODEPINK and activists from Cindy Sheehan’s
Camp Casey protested Karl Rove in Texas. He felt the heat and Tiffany
Burns found herself in prison stripes for a night and day until
Willie Nelson posted her bail.
Austin, Texas: Rove greeted by “unopen arms” at
Texas State. CODEPINK activist Susan Cook coordinated the protest.
Washington, DC: Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff, resigns
from the Bush Administration, but not before specifically calling
In a telephone interview from Air Force One as he flew with the
president to Texas, Mr. Rove dismissed the widely held image of
himself as a political divider.
"I love the myth that the nature of politics as practiced
by us...is focusing on a narrow group," he said. In fact, he
said, "it's been taking the energy of those [in the base] and
building on it and expanding it outward." He is glad Democrats
have taken the notion seriously, however, because "it's gotten
people saying, 'We should be focusing on the base of our party,
like MoveOn.org and the Pink Ladies,'" Mr. Rove said, the latter
a reference to a women's antiwar group called Code Pink.
Street Journal article
10 good things about 2007
Last but not least, this year saw the resignation of some of Bush's
closest allies in government-Donald Rumsfeld resigned as Secretary
of Defense, Alberto Gonzalez as Attorney General, and Karl
Rove as Deputy Chief of Staff. Best of all, we can give
thanks that we only have ONE YEAR left of the criminal, war-mongering,
constitution-shredding, rights-violating, torture-sanctioning
Bush Administration! It's just GOT to get better than this!
Austin, Texas: CODEPINK Austin descended upon the Renaissance
Austin Hotel to protest the presence of Karl Rove at the Associated
Republicans of Texas (ART) fundraising dinner. Several members protested
with signs in the lobby while a 30-foot banner was launched from
the 3rd floor balcony, lifted by 120 red, white & blue balloons.
Immediately following the banner launch, 400 Rovebucks showered
down from the 6th floor balcony onto the unsuspecting Republicans
and hotel guests below.
Washington, DC: CODEPINK activists attended the hearing
of the House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law where
Rove was subpoenaed, but Rove didn’t show. The women were told
to remove clothing with political statements and hats under threat
of arrest. The women accused the committee of censorship and say
that Rove suffers no consequences for failing to come before Congress
while they are threatened with arrest for expressing their right
to free speech.
"Former presidential adviser Karl Rove has refused to appear
today to answer questions in accordance with his obligations under
the subpoena served on him," Sanchez announced with indignation.
The committee voted, 7 to 1, to order Rove -- again -- to appear
before the committee.
Virginia Beach, VA: Hampton Roads CODEPINK protested Rove’s
appearance with a mock trial at a Republican campaign fundraiser
at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Houston, Texas: Karl Rove came to Houston to raise money
for Republican candidates at a party at the Houston Aquarium. A
group from CODEPINK Houston and Veterans for Peace met him with
"Karl Rove Shark Attack" signs!
San Francisco: CODEPINK activists in San Francisco stage an
arrest of Karl Rove at a financial conference… twice!
San Francisco: CODEPINKers again stage citizens arrest of
Karl Rove at debate with John Edwards and Nancy Mancias and Janine
Boneparth are arrested!
Photo and News:
Los Angeles, CA: Patricia Foulkrod stages citizens arrest
of Karl Rove during Q and A at Loyola Marymount University, where
Rove spoke during First Amendment Week. Rove made $30,000 for the
speaking engagement, the cost of more than one students’ tuition,
but didn’t get away scott-free.
Sells First Amendment for $30,000, by Patricia Foulkrod
"The first thing I heard outside Loyola's lecture hall were
wonderfully loud voices of protest--the Obama victory has not
seduced these students into forgiveness. 'Bush's Brain ...Down
the Drain'." More...
New York, New York: CODEPINKers Dana and Rae stage citizens
arrest of Karl Rove on stage at Radio City Music Hall. Rove was
debating Democratic strategist James Carville. The gals used cuffs,
the citizens arrest, and unfurled a banner. Dana lost her shoe while
pouncing on stage!
Post News Article
In the middle of the debate, various protesters got up and tried
to disrupt the proceedings. first a group in the orchestra stood
up and unfurled a banner with an incoherent message. Then suddenly
a woman appeared on stage with handcuffs with the intent to arrest
Karl Rove. A woman sitting next to me then turned to her husband
and said, "I feel like I am back in the sixties."
12 , 2010
Fargo, ND: Finally, a little reminder about what Karl Rove
thinks about WMDs
Fort Worth, Texas: Fort Worth and Dallas CODEPINKers protested
Rove at the World Affairs Council event at the Fort Worth Club.
They also created a new verse to “We Shall Not Be Moved”:
Tell Karl Rove that torture is a crime
Not just for the lower-level guys
But for all those
Who planned and authorized it
Torture is a crime!
in Fort Worth, Rove criticizes Democrats' healthcare plan. A
small group of demonstrators gathered before the speech, standing
in drizzling rain and holding signs that read "Torture is
illegal" and "No one is above the law." "Rove
is here [Tuesday] on his book tour, trying to legitimize what
he has done," said Yvette Richardson of Fort Worth, a member
of the anti-war group Code Pink. "Fort Worth isn't going
to let him come here and not be" opposed. Read
Beverly Hills, CA: Jodie Evans, Deedee Sheehan, and Patricia
Foulkrod stage citizens arrest at Rove’s book signing; Rove
storms off stage. Action goes viral in media with video on CNN and
other stations. Sets stage for tour.
Lafayette, CA: Bay Area CODEPINKers Susan Harman and Cynthia
Papermaster hold Arrest Rove banner outside Rove’s appearance
at a Republican fundraiser. In above photo, Deborah Johns, right,
who has a son who has fought in Iraq, argues with Code Pink protesters
Cynthia Papermaster, left, and Susan Harman, right, outside the
Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building where Karl Rove spoke inside
Tuesday March 30, 2010 in Lafayette Calif.. Rove, the GOP strategist
and former Bush adviser, spoke to a large crowd about the new healthcare
bill, as well as his new book "Courage and Consequence."
La Jolla, California: Rove gets another icey response in
Southern California: San Diego CODEPINK holds protest outside Rove’s
book signing at Warwick's of La Jolla
Moore News Article
Protester Jeeni Criscenzo said she showed up “to educate
people.” She added: “Karl Rove is trying to rewrite
history. The title of the book includes the word ‘courage,’
but it takes no courage to kill people and lie to Americans.”
Houston, TX: CODEPINK confronts Rove at his book signing
outside the Westin Galleria Hotel
Henderson/Las Vegas, NV: Jodie Evans and CODEPINKers confront
Rove with the cuffs.
Colorado: The Colorado Independent runs a story on Rove’s
upcoming trip to CO that calls tour
Controversial Karl Rove-Code Pink book tour”
Minnesota: The Minnesota Independent runs a story
on Rove’s upcoming trip to Minneapolis that makes link
to Karl Rove and CODEPINK book tour.
Bend, Oregon: CODEPINK Bend protests Rove’s book signing.
Karl Rove calls Fox And Friends ‘Sad’ For Covering CODEPINK
action in LA
Denver suburbs and Colorado Springs, Colorado
Austin, TX: PINK Police held arrest Rove signs and dangled
cuffs inside and outside the University of Texas where Rove spoke.
Rove called the protesters ‘malcontents’.
CODEPINK releases opinion
piece on Rove becoming unglued on book tour
“Karl Rove is getting so used to life as a criminal on the
run that he has collected enough material for a more appropriately-named
Westlake Mall, Ohio: Four CODEPINK women call out Rove at
his book signing. Police keep them far from Rove as security builds.
Minneapolis, MN: Activists protested Rove.
Charlotte, NC: Message from Linda Bollag on her Citizen's
"You have probably heard from Elain Cahn by now. We were harassed
by the Simon Mall Security and shoppers--Not even ones who were
going to get his stupid book signed. Then the Mall nazis had the
CMPD come over to make us move again and to give us a talking to."
Birmingham, AL: Karl Rove, former top political adviser
to former President George W. Bush, today strongly denied he had
any role in the investigation and eventual conviction of former
Gov. Don Siegelman on corruption charges. Some signs read "Investigate
Karl Rove/ Free Don" Another one read "Rove is the one
who should be in prison."
As some fans of Rove made their way out of the mall, they were
shouted at by some of the protesters, who yelled at them "She's
got a book signed by a crook." Frank Matthews, former aide
to now-imprisoned former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, led the
Albuquerque, New Mexico: Josie Lenwell and supporters stage
a citizens arrest with pink fluffy handcuffs and arrest warrant.
One CODEPINKer gets a photos with Karl while holding up his book
with a sign reading “War Criminal” with arrow pointing
3 , 2010
Richardson, Texas: Four CODEPINK Dallas women staged protest
with large pink glasses calling out Rove’s spying and outing
of Plame. The man interviewing Rove on stage referenced the protesters
and their charge of “war criminal” in his questions to
Sacramento, CA: CODEPINK Arrests Karl Rove in Sacramento
May 10, 2010
Franklin, TN: CODEPINK activists and allies in Tennessee
served Rove an arrest warrant, handcuffs, shouts about his crimes,
and unfurled a banner at his book signing.
May 23, 2010
Mequon, WI: When Karl Rove came to Mequon to promote his
new book at Next Chapter Bookstore on Sunday, May 23rd, Mequon area
activist family Natalia Hacerola, Isaac Hacerola, and Anne Aiello
staged a citizens arrest, dangling handcuffs and an arrest warrant
in front of Mr. Rove. Immediately before throwing the arrest warrant
on the ground, Rove asked the activists why the handcuffs were plastic
and Natalia replied, "It's safer that way." These activists
and many concerned citizens feel they will be safer when Rove is
tried for his crimes and behind bars.