This year, the movement to stop a war joined with the Occupy Movement, a movement to change the world as we knew it. CODEPINK was on the ground at Occupy Wall Street since day one, creating safe spaces for women, making sure that they are able to take on vital leadership roles as part of the 99%. We launched www.womenoccupy.org to connect women at Occupy protests around the country and share tools and resources with each other.
We also stood up for justice across an array of important campaigns connected to militarism. We had a major victory when in June the US Conference of Mayors passed an historic resolution to Bring Our War $$ Home, which CODEPINK drafted and campaigned for. We cheered as Iraq troop withdrawal began and will continue to work for a full exit—including private contractors—and reparations for Iraq. We stood in solidarity with the Arab Spring and we urged our elected officials to stand on the side of democracy and freedom, not tyranny.
Our disruptions of war criminals, from Rumsfeld to Netanyahu, continued to make news headlines and pressure for accountability. Our spotlight on the devastating impact of drone warfare won us a book deal. The book will be coming out in the spring of 2012. We held the first-ever national conference to examine how the AIPAC lobby prevents real peace in the Middle East, and are planning another one in March. And in the coming year, we will be joining with a global women’s movement aiming to activate a billion women to rise up against rape and sexual violence in conflicts.
We are at an historic moment when our deepest dreams of overcoming war and injustice are being debated—and acted upon—in town squares the world over. CODEPINK is right in the middle, with a tent in which everyone can express and channel their deepest hopes and frustrations into beautiful, meaningful action that reclaims our power.
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Bring Our War Dollars Home!
For the first time since the Vietnam War, this year the U.S. Conference of Mayors took a stand on U.S. war policy by passing a resolution “Calling on Congress to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities” that was drafted by CODEPINK.
Expose War Crimes
CODEPINK continues to hold current and past elected officials accountable from war crimes, naming the elephant in the room with provocative tactics, from citizen’s arrests to “glitter bombs.” When war criminals Dick Cheney and Condi Rice released their memoirs, CODEPINK activists went to local bookstores to set history straight by inserting an accountability bookmark and moving their books to where they really belong — the True Crime section! When President Obama spoke at Facebook, we created an online group asking the president to “Update His War Status.”
War Drones On
With an estimate of 60 bases around the global engaging in U.S. drone missions, opposition to drone warfare and war profiteering continues to grow. To mark the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan war, CODEPINK participated in a number of anti-drone demonstrations, and throughout the year CODEPINK activists held vigils outside Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, where drones are remotely piloted, and Beale Air Force Base in California. We look forward to the spring release of CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin’s book on drones, and the launch of a more intense campaign to “Ground the Drones.”
Hands off WikiLeaks
Documents leaked via WikiLeaks helped fuel the global revolutions this past year and CODEPINK has been instrumental in spreading the word about the truths revealed about war in these documents. From naked protests to stickering at gay pride parades to holding protests at the military prison, CODEPINK has stepped up to support alleged leaker Private Bradley Manning. The uproar created by these coalition actions forced the U.S. military to improve Manning’s pre-trial conditions, moving him from the harsh military brig in Quantico, Va. to more humane facilities in Leavenworth, KS.
Solidarity with the Arab Spring
From Tunisia to Bahrain to Saudi Arabia to Palestine and Israel, CODEPINK has taken a stand in solidarity with the Arab Spring and continues to work boldly for human rights, justice and equality in the Middle East. We had a delegation on the ground in Cairo during the Egyptian revolution that documented women’s stories and stood bravely in solidarity.
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