Highlights from 2014
2014 has been difficult, but beautiful. War and death rages on in the world, more war hawks win elections, but we stand fierce with determination to change the arc of history so that it bends toward justice.
Here’s what we’ve been able to accomplish with your support, and what we have in store for 2015... Please keep the momentum going with a generous donation.
Justice for Iraq
While we are pushing for a political solution to the devastation ISIS is causing in Iraq, we want the Iraqi people to know that we haven’t forgotten how the American government destroyed their country and took so many innocent lives. CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans traveled to Belgium to participate in the incredibly powerful Brussels Tribunal working toward accountability and justice for Iraq. On Mother’s Day, we honored Iraqi mothers by featuring their stories on our website to let them know we haven’t forgotten their pain and sorrow. We’re working hard to help an Iraqi mother, Sundus Shaker Saleh, with her lawsuit against the Bush administration for the crime of aggression against the Iraqi people. We’ve disrupted war criminals like Dick Cheney to make sure they know we won’t let them get away with it!
Promoting Palestinian Rights
For International Women’s Day, our attempt to send a 100-woman delegation to Gaza was cut short when most of our delegates were deported from the Egyptian airport—but that didn’t stop us. When the Israeli bombing campaign of Gaza left over 2,000 people dead, we quickly mobilized across the country. We vigiled at Secretary of State John Kerry’s house, were arrested for a dramatic sit-in at the Israeli Embassy in DC, and protested at Israeli consulates across the world.
We’re thrilled that our ongoing work with the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement for Palestinian human rights had major victories: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation divested from the security firm G4S; SodaStream’s factory says it’s moving out of an Israeli settlement; and major online retailer GILT dropped Ahava. To keep the momentum, our new campaign No Open House on Stolen Land pressures RE/MAX to stop selling settlement homes on stolen Palestinian land.
Demilitarize the Police
We’re excited to announce another new campaign to pass local resolutions across the country calling for the demilitarization of law enforcement agencies. Communities Organize to Demilitarize Enforcement (CODE) was inspired by the uprisings against police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri. Our newest staff member in NYC, Nathan, is working with communities to get military-grade equipment (like drones and tanks) out of the hands of the police. Another new staffer in DC, Anna, has teamed up with college students to demilitarize campus security at universities. It’s time to end both the wars abroad and home!
Honor the Whistleblowers
We’re incredibly proud that thanks to your help, we raised $30k for Fathers Day for John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on CIA torture. Thanks to pressure from activists like CODEPINK, and Guantanamo Bay Prison solidarity actions across the country, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify the Torture Report, and we wait with bated breath for the results so the torturers are one step closer to being held accountable.
Give Syrian Women a Seat at the Table
We hosted Women Lead to Peace, an extraordinary trip to Geneva, Switzerland during the first round of Syrian peace talks. Women peacemakers from all over the world converged at our summit to share their stories, and we created a beautiful network of sisterhood standing in solidarity with the people suffering in Syria. Our goal was to get Syrian women a seat at the peace table. Although the peace talks failed, we will be there when they restart to push for women —the peacemakers—to be included.
Support Democracy in Egypt
After the majority of our delegation to Gaza was deported by Egyptian authorities at the Cairo airport (and CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin was badly injured!), we teamed up with Egyptian friends to pressure Secretary Kerry and key members of Congress to stop military aid to the coup-established regime of Egypt. We traveled to Geneva to address the Human Rights Commission; we met in Turkey with human rights advocates; and we advocated on behalf of prisoners, such as young Mohamed Soltan, who is wasting away on a long-term hunger strike in an Egyptian prison.
We held the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and CIA Director John Brennan accountable with actions at Feinstein’s house and office, and worked in coalition to call for Brennan’s resignation. At a Congressional briefing, Senator Feinstein even mentioned a CODEPINK protest at her San Francisco home, claiming there was a drone outside her window — which was actually a pink toy helicopter!
Educating, Training and Inspiring Activists
On the East and West Coasts we hosted inspiring CODEPINK activist training camps. We joined with over 400,000 energized activists at the People’s Climate March to say that War Isn’t Green! And we have continued to crisscross the country pushing to stop the use of killer drones, and helped organize a Global Day of Action Against Drones on October 4. Our latest initiative is a youth-based effort. With the youth-ifesto There is No Future in War, written by our young staff, we’re working with students to build a youth wing to the peace movement. It’s about time!
Wow! What a year for awards! On September 1 Medea went to Aachen, Germany, to accept the prestigious Aachen Peace Prize. (While Medea was in Europe, she visited Julian Assange in London, who praised CODEPINK for our work for peace!) We also were awarded the Knox Memorial Peace Foundation Award for our dedication to peace work over the years, and a grant from Madonna’s Ray of Light Foundation #ArtForFreedom! Additionally, we’re incredibly honored that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) give CODEPINK the “Community Organization of the Year” award, and the Meta Peace Team in Detroit gave us this year’s Rachel Corrie Award.
As we turn the corner into 2015, we are so grateful for your support, which has allowed our work to flourish. We’re inspired and motivated for the year to come, and can’t wait to report back to you with our victories in the coming months. We hope you will continue your support with a generous donation.
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