Jimmy Carter, this Pink Badge is for you!
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April 25, 2008
It’s time for true statesmanship and gutsy leadership that gathers strength from peacemaking, not saber-rattling. While George Bush’s war mongering has made the U.S. hated all over the world, this week former president Jimmy Carter’s courageous efforts in the Middle East could be crucial steps toward restoring peace to the region. After all, Carter negotiated the only lasting peace in the Middle East — the Egypt-Israel peace accord that has prevented an Arab-Israeli war ever since.
The US mainstream media has blasted Carter for meeting with leaders of Hamas–the party that won the January 2006 elections in Palestine. We, on the other hand appreciate his tremendous courage and conviction: by agreeing to talk with Hamas, Carter is staying true to America’s democratic principles of recognizing the legitimacy of a representative government, while underscoring the hypocrisy of the US mainstream media and the White House. The UK’s Guardian Unlimited best describes Carter’s foresight and political pragmatism:
Carter understood that no matter how odious one might find Hamas, there simply is no alternative to dealing with them. And in negotiating with them, Carter was only doing what Israel and the US should be doing themselves. In fact, many experts in both countries predict that the US and Israel will eventually be doing this themselves despite all protestations to the contrary. More…
Please click here to send Jimmy Carter a thank you
and a Pink Badge of Courage for his efforts to actively seek a solution to the agonizing conflict between Israel and Palestine. We will deliver your signature directly to the Carter Center in Atlanta, along with a beautiful Jerusalem Hope Candle crafted by Israeli and Palestinian women that embodies Carter’s vision of creating durable peace in the Middle East.
You, too, can be a citizen diplomat and show the peace-loving face of the American people by taking one of our reality tours to the Middle East. Our sister organization Global Exchange will be hosting a citizens’ delegation to Iran in October, a focus on the plight of Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria from November 26 – December 06 and a life-changing trip to Palestine and Israel from December 6 – 16.
You don’t have to go overseas to be a citizen diplomat. Please join us in Washington, DC at the legendary CODEPINK house on Capitol Hill to help us spread peace through the halls of Congress and around town. Click here to apply. We especially encourage you to come in June and July, when we will be hosting week-long training/action sessions. You’ll leave DC feeling invigorated inspired, and ready to take action back home!
Together, let’s thank Jimmy Carter for his extraordinary efforts, and commit to following his lead as citizens deeply committed to diplomacy, not war.
Alicia, Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jodie, Liz, Medea, Nancy, Rae, and Tighe
P.S. Mother’s Day is coming, the perfect gifts for your peace-loving MOM are here (click here and scroll down!), and check out our new spring skirt (pictured at right) that goes perfect with your favorite CODEPINK t-shirt.