CodePink Acts: Mothers Day- Support Iraqi Refugees Slideshow; etc..

Mother’s Day – Support Iraqi Refugees Slideshow
Hey CodePink

Here is a sweet slideshow of CodePink DC Mother’s Day Action to
Support Iraqi Refugees… we collected over $450 in donations from
people we met in the park!

Mother’s Day – Support Iraqi Refugees

Peace and Freedom,
Leslie & Jes

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"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you,
then you win." –

— Mahatma Gandhi

A typical week at the CODEPINK DC house…
Medea describes….

It’s been a full week at the CODEPINK DC house—as usual! We started
every day with a 7am "wake up call" to Nancy Pelosi at her condo in
Georgetown—telling her not to fund the war. We’d arrive with a pot of
coffee, our banners, and two megaphones. The neighbors must love
us—hollerin’ and singin’ at 7am! We even invented an aerobic
workout—Pilotes for Peace at Pelosi’s.

The security called the police every day, and the police never knew
quite what to do. They’d tell us it was private property and we had to
leave. We’d insist it was public property and we wouldn’t leave. And I
think we were right because they never arrested us.

Then off to Congress to tell them not to fund the war, running through
the halls and tunnels cornering the reps while they try to run away.
And on Thursday, when Congress was supposed to vote on the war
supplemental bill, we went to Congress with our great rolling bed—with
big caricatures of Pelosi and Bush in bed together, using the people’s
money to fund war. It was a great visual, but it started to rain and
unfortunately, little press showed up because the vote was postponed.

We also discovered that on Thursday Hillary Clinton was speaking at
fundraiser (for her) at the Omni Shoreham and decided to pay her a
visit. Jes, Leslie and I actually walked right into the fundraiser
(with no ticket!) while the others protested outside. We were focusing
on her horrible comment about obliterating Iran, and Jes had made an
awesome sign saying "Obliterate Iran? Apologize!" Her got real close,
stood on a table and unfurled the banner. It was awesome. After he got
hauled out, I got up front and when Hillary started talking about "our
children", I shouted ‘what about the children of Iran? Apologize for
your comments. What about the children of Iraq? Apologize for your war
vote." When I got kicked out, then Leslie shouted out as well! Three
times, we pushed our message of peace!!!

Meanwhile, Ellen had a chance encounter with Obama, who was in town
for a short visit. She followed him as he walked, and had a great
dialogue with him that was reproduced on MSNBC’s site.

On Friday, as part of our lead up to Mothers Day, we organized a panel
on Iraqi refugees at the Mott House. I gave a report back on my trip
to Syria and Jordan, Gael gave an update on legislation re refugees,
we had the refugee program director for Amnesty International (Sarnata
Reynolds), and three Iraqis—Aseel Al-Banna, Andy Shallal and Ban Adil
Sarhan. Ban’s story was so tragic. Her husband worked as a translator
for the US, and was therefore targeted by militia. They shot him in
the car while he was driving with their 4-year-old daughter. Both were
killed. Ban, with her young son, fled to Jordan and then got into the
US. She explained how hard it is to live here, and how little support
she and others get when they arrive in a strange land without funds
and traumatized by war. She has been struggling for years to get her
green card. We took her to Nancy Pelosi’s office and asked her chief
of staff for help, and then went to her Oklahoma congresswoman’s
office. We also took Ban to the Iraqi embassy for some papers she
needed, and then got her back to Baltimore to catch her plane. It was
wonderful to have her staying at the CODEPINK house and getting to
know her. It made our efforts to raise money for the refugees much
more real.

We had also written a letter to congress re the need to support
refugees and we got about 50 prominent women to sign it. On Friday, to
commemorate mothers day, we delivered the letters to leaders in the
house and senate. Two women from Philadelphia joined Leslie and Ellen
in the hand deliveries. Yeah!!!

On Friday night we went out to Virginia in the lovely RV that Jim
Preston has so kindly loaned to us. Tighe painted it with washable
paint and great signs saying "Shame on Congress: No War, No Torture"
and "Congress: Stop Funding War." On Saturday, we went to a US-Italy
polo game because one of the sponsors was Blackwater. Two of us got
inside (I got in as press, Tighe bought a ticket that was refunded
when they kicked us out). When Blackwater paratroopers were skydiving
with US and Italian flags (gross sight), we unfurled our Blackwater
Makes a Killing banner and ran up and down yelling that they were
mercenaries and killers until they kicked us out. Meanwhile, Liz and
Des—with their megaphones—were talking to EVERY CAR that came in, as
there was only one entrance.

Then Sunday, Liz got up early to confront Harry Reid when he went to
speak at the morning talk show with George Stephanopolis, while others
prepared for our Mothers Day event in Dupont Circle. Turnout was small
this year and it started to rain as we marched, but it was a sweet
event with kids and face painting and music and fundraising for Iraqi

I’m sure I’m forgetting all kinds of activities (like our Wednesday
night weekly potluck when we get a full house of interested
activists). But all in all, it was a typical jam-packed week at the
CODEPINK house!!!

Fwd: [CP] Post mother’s day article I wrote
I sent to CommonDreams and Alternet. Please feel free to send anywhere
Happy post-mothers day!

Next Mothers Day Let’s Invite the Whole Family
Medea Benjamin

Next Mothers Day, I don’t want to be organizing yet another rally of
Mothers Against War in Washington DC and lamenting the state of our
dysfunctional human family. I want to be celebrating the successes of
the first 100 days of a new administration. I want to see us healing
the collective traumas of the past eight years and becoming a nation
that reflects the values of compassion and kindness that most mothers
hold dear.

Next Mothers Day, I want us to be welcoming our soldiers home from
Iraq and taking care of them when they get here. I don’t want to hear
any more bickering in Congress about whether we should provide decent
educational benefits to our vets—especially from those who supported
the war! I don’t want to read more horror stories about dilapidated VA
hospitals and bureaucratic sinkholes that keep veterans from getting
the care they need. I want us to come together—whether we were for or
against this war–to nurture our wounded sons and daughters.

Next Mothers Day, I want us to have come to grips with the disaster we
have wreaked upon the Iraqi people. I want us to mourn their losses,
express contrition and help rebuild the nation we destroyed. I want us
to ensure a viable homeland for our Palestinian sisters and brothers.
I want us to rebuild a relationship of trust and respect with our Arab
neighbors so that we can mutually address the threat of terrorism.

Next Mothers Day, I want us to repair old family feuds. I want us to
restore relations with the Cuban cousins we banished some 50 years
ago, starting with lifting the embargo. I want us to sing and dance
and drink mojitos with our Caribbean kin, relishing in our common zest
for life.

We shouldn’t stop with Cuba. I want us to reach out with a mother’s
open arms toward other nations we are today bullying, from Venezuela
to Iran. I want us to bring out the carrots and put away the sticks,
as we have recently done in the case of North Korea. I want us to
abandon the "do as I say, not as I do" approach to nuclear deterrence
and support global disarmament.

Next Mothers Day, I want us to be immersed in a crash course on
overcoming our oil addiction and cleaning up the mess we have made of
our Mother Earth. I want us to stop pillaging the family jewels and
instead embrace conservation, restoration and a fairer distribution of
our planet’s wealth.

Next Mothers Day, I want us to practice unconditional love. I want us
to heed the words of Julia Ward Howe’s original Mothers Day
proclamation when she said that "We, the women of one country, will be
too tender to those of another country to allow our sons to injure
theirs." I want us to form kinship circles that stretch across the
globe, to teach our children to feel empathy towards other children,
to truly embrace the concept of universal oneness.

Next Mothers Day, when we sit down to a bountiful brunch, I want the
other members of our global household to be seated at the table. That
will truly be a fitting tribute to the women who brought us into this

Medea Benjamin ( is cofounder of CODEPINK and
Global Exchange. If you would like to help the Iraqi refugees, see

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you,
then you win." –

— Mahatma Gandhi


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