enter 2009 with hearts both hopeful and heavy. The
historic inauguration of Barack Obama ushers in a new era of possibilities.
But we enter the new year with the worst relics of an old system run amok:
the deadly bombardment of the Gaza strip, the ongoing wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, a global economic crisis that is plunging millions into deeper
It's up to us to make 2009 a year of solutions.
Let's start now by making your re-solutions
for the New Year. How about writing one letter to the editor a month,
or joining a local CODEPINK group, forming
a relationship with your Congressperson, reaching out to the Muslim community,
working in a homeless shelter, donning a pink boa and taking to the streets?
here to send us your specific New Year's commitment to activism and to
get inspired by seeing the commitments other CODEPINK supporter are making.
You can choose something from our checklist or create your own personal
resolution. We'll remind you to keep up with your chosen commitment throughout
the year and give you opportunities to act on them.
As we look forward to a year of fresh solutions, let us take a moment
to reach out to the people of Gaza. As of this writing, over 350
Palestinians have been killed in Israel's horrific bombardment. Some 1,500
are wounded-many gravely-and they languish in unspeakable conditions without
reliable electricity, medical equipment, supplies or adequate facilities.
As American citizens, we are horrified to watch
Israel's assault carried out with Apache helicopters made by American
hands and munitions funded with tax dollars from the wages of American
sign our letter to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice calling
for an immediate US-backed ceasefire in Gaza today. We, as CODEPINK,
will commit to continuing, with the incoming administration, to advocate
for human rights, respect for international law and equality for the Palestinian
us know what part you want to play in making 2009 a year of solutions.
Together, we can make 2009 the year that War is SO Over.
Wishing you a peaceful, joyful, active year,
Dana, Deidra, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Lydia,
Medea, Nancy, Paris, and Rae