COME TO D.C. and join us. March on Saturday the 27th. Get training on how to Lobby on Sunday the 28th. Lobby Congress on Monday the 29th.
And if you are so inclined -- the CODEPINK House will be available for women wishing to stay on for a few days or through February 20th for our PEACE IN - PULL OUT month of actions and reminding those folks that they are there to enact the will of the people not to convince the people that corporate created policy is what the people should want.
Tucson will support this mass action with a March on Thursday, January 25th. See the details on the Tucson Peace Calendar.
I am going to get to D.C. come hell or high water. Liz from Phoenix will be there. And I hear that our friend Lee will be there too. I'll be reporting back to Tucson via this Blog.
For me this action really began today. Zanne - aka Sam - from the East SF Bay area stopped in Tucson today on her way across the country to the D.C. events in her biodiesal CODEPINK Truck . We met up at Grant and Campbell for a Bring the Troops Home Now protest. Susan, Gretchen, Joyce, Liz, Zanne and I froze our buns off for peace from 5-6 p.m. We only saw two middle finger salutes and received hundreds of flashed peace signs, thumbs up, and honks. Zanne stopped in Phoenix earlier in the day for an action. Tomorrow she will be on the road early and stop for actions in Las Cruces, N.M. and El Paso, TX. Her blog is codepinkjournals.blogspot.com. and I think you can follow along on her trip there.
I'll try to post pics from the action tomorrow.
More entries to follow. This blog will be active again for at least a month.
So anyway... I will be doing the vacation thing soon and giving myself a couple weeks away from protesting and stress and just dedicate myself to writing and playing and I am really, really looking forward to having some down time. For several years now every vacation I've taken has been a working one and I need a real recuperative one now. Maybe if the mood strikes I will write up a few more things from Mother's Day Month. I will want to write about Troops Home Fast I'm sure.
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I left D.C. yesterday morning to return home to AZ, but my dynamic and courageous matriotic sisters in demonstration had a busy day -- proclaiming that Hillary Clinton just doesn't get the connection between war and energy when she gave a good talk on environment and energy at the National Press Club but exhibited a disconnect between our energy needs and dependency to the war in Iraq. Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright who were at the talk unfurled a banner that said, "It takes a bomb to raze a village." Other CODEPINK Women demonstrated outside.
Another group of CODEPINKERS held a "die-in" at Diane Feinstein's office to protest her continuing support of the Republican controlled administration's and legislature's lip service per troop removal from Iraq. The American people do not want staged slow withdrawal... we want out troops out NOW.
You say you aren't seeing this stuff on regular news....well, they have chosen not to cover these actions because we know they received the same press releases that Amy Goodman's staff chose to act on to get interviews and more news. Write your local and national news stations and tell them you want to know all about what is happening and not recieve filtered pablum that is intended to offend no one in power.
Notable folks among protestors included Ann Wright. (If you don't know her, check her out. She was one of three diplomats to resign at the beginning of the Iraq War.) A senior citizen couple wanted to take a picture of banner and tprotestors and thanked them for countering GHWB although members of their families were not pleased with their actions. The pro-peace folks are coming out more and more in vocal support of protestors here.
At least two graduates stood with backs turned to GHWB so that he could see the peace signs painted on their mortar boards. After ceremonies ended one of these folks gave Desiree a two sided flier called "Why I refuse to attend my graduation." by Christian Langdon Wright, Senior, GW Class of 2006. I will scan this and link to it within a few days.
I'd write more about the activities of the morning, but our valiant ladies have headed off to The Vietnam War Memorial to make a statement that they do not want , and the country really doesn't need any more War Memorials.
Silent vigil was made on the Capitol Steps. At street corners the wailing of a member punctuated the air with the pain and grief of mothers who have lost their children in this war.
Passersbys took pictures, talked and thanked the women, gave donations out of the blue, and Vietnam Vets gave thumbs up, a quiet and welll spoken wounded Iraqi War Veteran just released from Walter Reed seemed quite glad to be given the contact information about Iraq Veterans Against the War.
While it is always difficult for me to believe that history is written to serve those in power, this film definitely shows there has been a skewing of perception that is difficult to accept.
The restrictions placed on her -- through June 1st -- are that she cannot be near Rummy's House, across the street from his house, nor can she call, email, mail Rummy or go anywhere near him nor have anyone do any of these things on her behalf.
More when I hear more.
But to see the video of the actions yesterday afternoon that resulted in their arrest watch this.
Video: Protesters Arrested on Rumsfeld's Front DoorA group of peace activists marched from the White House to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's house to tell the Bush Administration "Don't bomb Iran."
While at Rumsfeld's house, police arrested a handful or protesters for trying to get to Rumsfeld's front door. PoliticsTV has exclusive video which can be seen by clicking here.
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Oh, and by the way, they didn't storm the door. Katie delivered a personal letter from CODEPINK through the mail slot of Rummy's door demanding that he bring the troops home from Iraq and that he not attack Iran.