May 24, 2013
After I interrupted the Presidentís foreign policy speech yesterday, CODEPINK has been getting tremendous media attention and an outpouring of appreciation. One of our posts explaining why my interruption was not "rude" got 45,000 views and over 1,000 shares!
Throughout the world, and especially from places that the US is
bombing, people are sending messages like this one: "You renew my faith
in the American people. Bless you for showing that there are Americans
who care about our lives." It
takes constant pressure to change policy. In the last two weeks,
CODEPINK has been relentless. We have held countless protests. Diane
Wilson was arrested on the 17th day of her solidarity hunger strike for
chaining herself to the White House fence. Jodie Evans delivered 300,000
petition signatures inside the White House to the Presidentís senior
adviser, Valerie Jarrett, calling on Obama to close Gitmo. And
yesterday, I had the opportunity to add important information to President Obamaís speech on foreign policy.
Our next step to reach out to the people who
have been directly affected by Obama's "counterterrorism" policies is a
trip to Yemen. In June, we will travel to meet with grieving mothers who
want their innocent sons set free from Guantanamo (57 Yemeni prisoners
have been cleared for release for years, but remain in prison) and the
families of innocent drone victims who are ignored and kept invisible by
Obama's policies. Write a message of solidarity to the people of Yemen,
and we'll bring it with us.
We also need your financial support for our trip.
Our delegation will include 9/11 family members, veterans, policy
analysts, and journalists. We need funds to organize the delegation, and
to help the people on the ground who are the victims of our policies.
Obama's speech yesterday was a result of the
activism and pressure we have all been applying. The decline in drone
strikes is a direct results of pressure. When CODEPINK went to Pakistan,
we made headlines across the US, highlighting the terror and
destruction caused by our killer drones. Since we blew the
administrationís cover, drone strikes in Pakistan have drastically
decreased. Now we must do the same thing in Yemen, and worldwide. Please help us ground the drones and close Guantanamo.
Onwards towards accountability, transparency and peace,
P.S. Join CODEPINK in Fort Meade, Maryland on June 1st as Bradley Manningís trial kicks off.