Thanks to you, CODEPINK was able to colorfully and bravely work for peace
this year. As 2008 drew to a closea year that saw continuing war
and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, a burgeoning refugee crisis in
the region, and an economic meltdown of staggering proportions here at
homewe doubled our resolve to continue pushing for peace and justice
Here are some highlights from our creative, committed efforts this
- From the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNN, The
Washington Post, Politico, Huffington Post, Salon.com and more, CODEPINK
appeared all over the news. Powerful photographs from Wall Street actions
protesting the bailout, disruptions of major RNC speeches accompanied
hundreds of stories on the campaigns and the economic crisis. We also
launched our blog, PINKTank, a powerful voice in an evolving media world!
- We launched CODEPINK Action, a virtual Peace Room (our version of
the War Room), where we activated our membership to step up candidate
bird-dogging skillsbringing non-stop action around the country
and encouraging voter outreach!
- When Congress was debating the bailout, CODEPINK was on the front
lines in the halls of Congress, the streets of Wall Street and the steps
of the Treasury Department saying Bail out Main Street, not Wall
Street. The rapid response from our list to an email alert about
a Queens woman who was about to lose her home after losing her veteran
son, helped save her home from the auction-block. We all embodied what
the government should be doing: funding cities not Wall Street.
- CODEPINK Rocked the Parties by bringing the peace message to the presidential
election race. At the DNC & RNC we maintained a vibrant pink presence
with our bike brigades, aerial image, guerilla street theater, commemorative
peace posters and more.
- Our PINK house on Capitol Hill drew hundreds of women and men from
around the country who joined us in bringing the message of peace to
the halls of Congress with creative, daily actions. We also hosted citizen
activists from Vietnam, the Philippines, Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Ghana,
Mali, Brazil, Italy, and Japan.
- 300 Plus CODEPINK local groups promoted peace this year with innovative,
bold tactics, such as: congressional phone-a-thons on the streets of
Brooklyn, Memorial Day Banner Drops over freeways nation-wide, monthly
peace walks across the Golden Gate Bridge, I-Miss-America pageants in
DC, Emma Goldman-inspired Dance Parties in Portland, and SuperShero
street theater in Austin!
- On Mothers and Fathers Day we partnered with the Collateral
Repair Projectan organization dedicated to supporting Iraqi Refugeesto
raise funds for Micro Projects which have supported Iraqis in rebuilding
their lives and their communities.
- On International Womens Day our regional activist trainings
empowered women of all ages in democracy-building action!
- In April we joined Eve Ensler in New Orleans and shared in the healing
that was V-DAYs 10th Anniversary at the Superdome, and planted
the CODEPINK V Garden with Common Ground in the Lower 9th Ward. We honored
and connected with women from the Gulf South, the DRC, and all over
- We followed the great tradition of war tax resistance in the U.S.
by organizing a tax revolt campaign joined by many activists who took
the courageous step of not buying Bushs war and refusing to pay
up to 51% of their taxes.
- We campaigned against torture and terrorism by advocating for the
closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison and for terrorist Luis Posada Carriles
to be added to the FBIs Most Wanted list.
- As part of our NO WAR ON IRAN Campaign, we brought an Iran peace resolution
to the National Conference of Mayors. We joined in a peace coalition
meeting with Iranian President Ahmadinejad in NYC, and created our own
no blockade peace flotilla around the houseboat of a Congressman
who had advocated further sanctions on Iran. The resolution sankour
peace blockade was a success!
- CODEPINK traveled to Italy, Brazil, Bolivia and Iran to expand our
global diplomacy initiative and build bridges with peace activists.
CODEPINKs own Medea Benjamin & Tighe Barry traveled to Pakistan
(and were deported at gunpoint) to stand with Pakistani civil society
to reinstitute the Rule of Law.
- We welcomed 28 new local groups to the CODEPINK family of 220 chapters
around the world! They blossomed from Flagstaff, AZ to Solon, ME, from
Curitiba, Brazil to Monrovia, Liberia, from the college campuses of
Wesleyan in Connecticut to USF in Sarasota, FL.
- We supported our sisters in their resistance against military sexual
violence to protest Halliburton/KBR for the undemocratic lack of protection
and human rights standards for women serving overseas.
- Our Valentines Day Kiss-Ins at Military Recruiting centers spread
love all around the countrywe say: Dont Enlist, Stay
and Kiss, That Way We All Make Out!
This year the Obama campaigns calls for CHANGE and HOPE mobilized
a movement of young people, people of color, women, environmentalists,
unionists, grassroots activists and the retired. People who had never
before donated to or volunteered with a campaign, were taking buses to
swing states and making tens of thousands of calls. One of the main motivators
for many of these citizens was Barack Obamas pledge to end the war
in Iraq. We hope our work this year will be to help President Obama live
up to his word. We cant let his promises and our hopes be derailed
by politics as usualthe horse-trading in Congress, the powerful
interests of corporate lobbyists, the inertia and the corruption of the
In 2009, the women of CODEPINK pledge to continue our work in the halls
of power and in the streets of standing up for peace, democracy, and a
greener, more equitable world.