FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2012
Medea Benjamin, 415-235-6517, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alli McCracken, 860-575-5692, email@example.com
CODEPINK Women to DNC: Bust up Big Banks, $ Out of Politics, End Wars; From RNC to DNC, CODEPINK brings creative protests
WHAT: Coalition March on Wall Street South
WHEN: 11:00 am, Sunday, September 2
WHERE: Frazier Park, 1201 West 4th Street Ext.
VISUALS: Women throwing pink bras with “Bust Up Bank of America” signs, giant banners
WHAT: Street Theater outside the Delegate Welcome Event at NASCAR Hall of Fame
WHERE: NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
VISUALS: “Congresspeople” wearing corporate sponsors on their suits like NASCAR drivers
WHAT: Progressive Central – The People’s Convention
Summit hosted by Progressive Democrats of America and cosponsored by CODEPINK, features CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin
WHEN: 8:00 am - 5;00 pm, Tuesday, September 4
WHERE: Community Outreach Christian Ministries, 1800 Brewton Drive, Charlotte NC
Charlotte, NC—As Democrats converge in Charlotte for the DNC, CODEPINK activists will join a broad coalition of students, labor, and everyday Americans calling for significant economic reform, an end to US wars, and money out of politics.
Charlotte, dubbed “Wall Street South,” hosts the world headquarters of Bank of America and the East Coast headquarters of Wells Fargo, making it the second largest concentration of finance capital in the US after NYC. Through song, chants, theater, props and costume, activists will highlight how the Democrats listen more to banks and corporations than the American people.
CODEPINK created a splash at the RNC with its bold actions both inside and outside the Convention Center, and will do the same at the DNC. "Both the Republicans and Democrats are war-addicted parties, continuing to pour money into the bloated Pentagon budget instead of addressing people's real needs," said co-director Medea Benjamin. "We'll be on the streets, loudly and boldly protesting the ongoing war in Afghanistan, killer drone strikes and a potential war on Iran.
In the wake of the Citizens United case, with corporate and super PAC money in politics polluting democracy and drowning out the will of voters, CODEPINK will also be calling for money out of politics. “We want people-powered elections that prioritize human needs over war and greed,” said CODEPINK co-director Jodie Evans. “The United States isn’t even attempting democracy anymore, but we have these charades called conventions to divert attention from the oligarchy that governs us."
CODEPINK cofounders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, and activists from around the country, are available for interview. Please contact Alli McCracken at 860-575-5692 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an interview.
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. www.codepink.org