It is sad that on March 20 we are not doing anything here in Gainesville as a pink peace group for this sad Seventh Anniversary of the Iraq War. March 20, 2010: 7 years; is it endless war? Congress is giving the war machine another $708 billion this year. Imagine what $708 billion could do for our country, our community.
Rae, who our locals CP coordinator; in DC this week, sent the following ideas below and I thought this was worth sending along because some of the ideas can be used anytime you feel the urge to stand up for peace.
It's worth the 2 minute read below--perhaps you will be inspired to create your own statement for peace this weekend or anytime you have an urge to speak up for peace.
This is THE week to be in the streets for peace - building our
movement, reaching new audiences through the press, and taking a stand
for our values. Seven years later, the Iraq occupation continues.
More troops are in Afghanistan. Israel has had the West Bank on a
lock-down. Unemployment soars while the US is poised to keep funding
wars. As we gear up for actions around the country this week on the
7th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, some important tools and
resources for actions:
Find and list your actions on our international CODEPINK calendar:www.codepinkalert.org/calendar
Find and list your actions on the Peace, Justice, and the Environment
Project calendar (TONS of events listed here):http://pjep.org/announcements/?id=961
Download our sign up sheet petition to bring to your march on a
Alert the press about your action - see our sample press release
below. For help blasting your release to local media outlets emaildana@...
What is your talking point for the media on the anniversary of the
war? Please reply to the listserv so we can share ideas. How will
you link the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan to domestic needs and
issues, sum up 7 years of occupation and destruction, offer up
Check out this article on truthout re 7th anniversary actions:
Don't forget that one Wednesday of the month Progressive Dems of
America Brown Bag have Lunch Vigil at your local congressional office - frame your Congressional office visit
this month around the terrible anniversary. Info here:
Some visuals suggestions for your marches and vigils from our CODEPINK
Pie - show the federal budget as a pie chart (like this:http://www.warresisters.org/federalpiechartdetails
and as a real pie, ask people "Is war as American as Apple Pie?"
Consider dressing in 1950's kitchen with aprons that have messages on
them and carrying mock pies (or serving up real ones at the end of a
march) - can make this an endearing message or turn into a
"billionaires for bush" style action touting war and apple pie as
For visual suggestions on this theme, email Dana@...
Look out for our new pie visual in this week's national alert.
Cost of war in your community - Visit www.nationalpriorities.org
find out what your state could be purchasing instead of war. Make
banners to show these figures ("In Chicago we could have had # college
scholarships or 1 year of war") Also consider carrying "Not for Sale"
signs with messaging about how our community resources (schools,
families, libraries) are not for sale to big business and war
interests. The economy and jobs are at the forefront of people's
minds right now - bring the war home through the financial lens, or in
the words of CP Maine coordinator Lisa, Bring our War Bucks Home!
Lisa co-coordinated a Draw-In in Maine in which artists drew what
they'd spend the 3 trillion on instead:http://www.flickr.com/photos/mainedrawathon/sets/72157623427840887/
Check out these photos - plus see the drawings at the bottom of the
set of Congresspeople with blank thought bubbles for your written in
Drone - dress up as a silver robot and dangle a drone, ask people "Do
robotic killing machines really make us safer?" Talk about the cost
of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. For visual ideas on this theme, email
Nancy M at codepink.nancy@...
Nancy also has instructions for
how to make drone puppets and drone cardboard cutouts!
War criminals - Dress as the Bush and Co gang and bring home the
message that without accountability the crimes will (and are) being
committed again. Bring arrest warrants and handcuffs. Have a pink
police brigade. For ideas see:
Alice in WarTornLand - Last week Alice in Wonderland came out on the
big screens in 3D, riff of this pop culture reference by creating a
cast of characters that explore what it looks like to be "through the
looking glass" of war - Cheshire fat cat war profiteer, queen of
hearts "off with your head" politician/general, (Mad) Tea Party,
etc... show how WarTornLand can be transformed to Wonderland again...
Whatever visuals you use, and whichever actions you take, I hope
you'll send in photos and submit a local spotlight report back after
your action. Together we are building a movement for peace with
justice. I'm so grateful to be a part of it with you.
PS Get inspired by your sister CODEPINK groups in action! Read my
blog about International Women's Day bridge marches:http://codepink4peace.org/blog/2010/03/like-a-bridge-over-troubled-women-100-years-of-marching%E2%80%A6-and-movement/
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2009
For contact information:
[Insert Local Coordinator, Name and Phone Number]
Rae Abileah, CODEPINK local groups coordinator, 415-994-1723
[Your city] Women Mark Iraq War's Seventh Anniversary
Joining a Nation-Wide Call to Repair the War-Torn Economy & Redirect
Our Resources to Education & Healthcare
WHAT: CODEPINK Women for Peace [your city] (and other groups if it is
a coalition event) gather on the 7th anniversary of the Iraq War. This
local action is in conjunction with events nationwide organized around
this tragic anniversary, additionally calling for an end to the
occupation of Afghanistan.
WHEN: Time and Date (be specific and don't invite the press before you
are prepared to have them witness you!)
WHERE: [Insert location of action/march--specific addresses are best]
On the anniversary of seven years of war in Iraq, CODEPINK women
across America [and in your city] will honor this tragic anniversary
by [name your action/event here in brief--only most important details
here, you can give more detail below]. [Your city] women will join the
many demonstrations occurring across the country, connecting the
failing U.S. economy with continued military spending and the largest
Pentagon budget in history.
"As the hope of a new administration leading us towards peace has
faded, it is clear that only way we will bring our troops home is to
organize the silent majority opposed to the needless wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan", states Medea Benjamin cofounder of Global Exchange and
CODEPINK. "On the 7th anniversary of the Iraq war, we are determined
to bring the voices of Main Street to the halls of power to say: Stop
funding the warfare state and redirect our resources to life-affirming
March 20th marks six years of war in Iraq, over 8 years of war in
Afghanistan, thousands of troops dead, between 100,000 and 1million
Iraqi and Afghan civilians dead. At home Americans are suffering from
joblessness while being asked by the Obama Administration to endure a
domestic spending freeze and the largest Pentagon spending budget to
date. With these anniversary actions, communities are demanding an end
to a war-torn economy and a refocus on our economic and social
priorities here at home.
"After seven devastating years of war, thousands of people from Los
Angeles to Washington DC are planning inspiring marches to continue
the call for end to war, proper care for veterans, and a reinvestment
in America," said Rae Abileah, CODEPINK's local groups' coordinator.
[OR PLUG IN A QUOTE HERE FROM A LOCAL SOURCE/ORGANIZER OF THE ACTION]
Large 7th anniversary marches are planned in Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Washington DC and elsewhere around the country.
Founded in the lead up to the Iraq War in 2003, CODEPINK Women for
Peace has become a vibrant, creative voice in the peace movement, an
outlet especially for women in the United States and worldwide. The
consistent hard work of thousands in more than 100 chapters worldwide
has helped to turn public opinion against the atrocities of the wars
in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza.