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September 21, 2010
Happy International Day of Peace! Today is the day of global ceasefire and non-violence, a day when we can imagine what the end of war will be like. Today, September 21, is also officially the last day of summer - happy equinox!
The fall season may be cooling temperatures, but our campaigns are heating up and I invite you to join us in action in October for a bold month that could be a game changer for our peace efforts if we can mobilize in DC and around the country.
Here's what's cookin' in the month ahead:
October 2: One Nation rally in DC - Jobs, Justice and Peace!
On October 2nd, One Nation Working Together will bring people from around the country to Washington to rally together for jobs, justice and peace. Convened by groups like the NAACP, unions, the US Student Association and the National Council of La Raza, it will be a rainbow gathering that will out-do, in numbers and certainly in message, Glenn Beck's recent Restoring Honor rally.
Sign up now to join us!
Plus reserve your ticket to dance with Alice Walker on Saturday night, Oct. 2! Alice Walker is putting on an event at Bus Boys and Poets that you won't want to miss - a night of dinner and dancing! You can buy your ticket online.
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church has offered us bunk bed accommodations for $35/night. Email Joan or call her at (202) 422-6275 if you are coming in from out of town and want to stay at the church.
October 7-10: International Days of Action around Anniversary of Afghanistan Invasion
As we approach the ninth anniversary of the disastrous invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, we are calling for decentralized international days of action October 7-10 to bring U.S. and NATO troops home.
Organize an action in your community to highlight the cost of war and need to Bring Our War $$ Home! Host a house party, write a letter to the editor, make some noise locally. Get ideas from our new Bring Our War $$ Home campaign website
Also, go to endafghanistanwar.com for action ideas, resources, and more.
Appalled by the increase of the U.S. program of unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan? Looking for a creative anti-war action your group can do this fall Oct. 7th-10th? Consider joining Foreign Policy in Focus, CODEPINK, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and Pax Christi USA in planning and performing a Mock Drone Attack Action in your city to help raise awareness about the realities of these attacks. For info on how to plan this creative street theater action contact Nancy.
October 8-10: Southeast CODEPINK Planning Retreat at the Farm in Tennessee! Join CODEPINK TN coordinators Elizabeth Barger and Ashley Offt, CODEPINK national organizers Rae Abileah and Nancy Mancias, and women from throughout the Southeast for an unforgettable weekend of sisterhood, storytelling, learning singing, strategizing, and taking action for a more peaceful world! Sign up today to join us in October in Tennessee!
October 10: 10/10/10 The Global Work Party to Celebrate Climate Solutions Our ally, 350.org is promoting a national day of action on 10.10.10 to reduce your community's carbon footprint and visibly demonstrate what it looks like to counter global warming. This is a day to organize an action to boycott BP, a bicycle peace parade, a tree planting, a Victory Garden (because real victory = ending war), or host a film screening of Gasland (highlights the scary reality of Halliburton and Co's natural gas extraction). Please register your event on the 350.org website (be sure to include CODEPINK in the name) and let us know about it.
October 10-16: Berkeley Says No to Torture week
This October in Berkeley, California, BERKELEY SAYS NO TO TORTURE Week will draw together the voices and actions of many communities to take part in a memorable week of conscience and community in action against the crime of torture. Find out about the City Council resolution scheduled for a vote tonight and what you can do in solidarity at: http://www.wesaynototorture.net/
October 30: Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity
On a day of no particular significance The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has called for a Rally to Restore Sanity with no particular platform, and his comedic opposite, Stephen Colbert has called for a March to Keep Fear Alive. Stewart flashed to CODEPINK in his Sept 16 show and basically compared us to the likes of the violent Tea Party supporters and gun-totting activists. We know better than to be quiet during a smear and call on you to join us for a creative action in DC (email dc@... to get involved) and make your voice heard in the blogs online!
Read this excellent response by Glen Greenwald and this entertaining read.
War Criminals on the Loose!
In October Karl Rove, Condi Rice, and Dick Cheney all have many speaking engagements scheduled - will you be there with cuffs in hand to perform a citizens arrest? Plus George Bush is a featured speaker at many conferences including the Teen Challenge of Wisconsin and a Leadership Forum. Funny, we don't recall him showing true leadership when he was the "Decider"!
Check out the packed war criminal watch calendar here. E-mail Nancy for tips and support for doing an action.
Save the Date:
November 19-21: Annual Vigil to Shut Down the School of the Americas, Ft. Benning, GA The November Vigil to Close the School of the Americas at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia will be held from November 19-21, 2010. The annual vigil is always held close to the anniversary of the 1989 murders of Celina Ramos, her mother Elba and six Jesuit priests at a the University of Central America in El Salvador. This November will mark the 20th anniversary of the vigil. For more information, go to soaw.org
November 29, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, is our next major action date for coordinated global actions to boycott Ahava. Email Nancy and Rae for action coordinating tips. Read a great new article on the Stolen Beauty campaign on AlterNet here!
The August lull is over! While some CODEPINK activists took August as a month of opportunity to address Congressional representatives while home in district, speak truth about the ongoing occupation of Iraq, or attend important national conferences like the Vets for Peace gathering in Maine, other PINKers found in August a respite from organizing, taking time to vacation, focus on work and personal health. Wherever your summer led you, we hope you're feeling rejuvenated and energized because it's time to activate and inspire our communities with bold PINK action!
Rae, Valerie, Nancy, Janet and the CODEPINK Team