I hereby give a shoutout to CODEPINK: Women for Peace observing ten years of declaring world peace.The group began with pink-clad women vigiling for peace in front of the White House from November 17, 2002 until International Women’s Day on March 8, 2003 in opposition to the impending U.S.-Iraq War. The anniversary site with its beginning is here and remembrances are posted here.
I and a few others formed a chapter of CODEPINK here in my hometown of Frankfort, Kentucky to protest the war in Iraq. We held a few events, including ones for the UN International Day of Peace and Mother’s Day for Peace, and held weekly vigil on the sidewalk in front of our local federal building. You can view our reports at CODEPINK’s site here.
I was the last lone wolf standing vigil for a while and left when I was no longer able due to family obligations. Our local paper, The State Journal, had a story on me and the vigil for its weekly “Frankfort Faces” feature in August of 2009. You can view that piece with its photos here. I also had letters to the editor published in both The State Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader and I had two previous blogs, the last one being here.
I have been enamored of CODEPINK. The group describes itself on its About Us page as “a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities.” That has made a lot of sense to me.
Of late, I have been especially impressed with and following its anti-drone campaign at DronesWatch.org. As a part of that campaign, CODEPINK organized a magnificent delegation to Pakistan last month.
Following President Obama’s re-election. CODEPINK issued a statement saying, “CODEPINK calls on President Obama to respect human rights and civil liberties by redirecting the billions of dollars in the bloated military budget into life-affirming activities instead, such as healthcare, education, infrastructure, green jobs and more.” The group plans to return before the White House on November 14 where it began — this time with pots and pans.
Happy Anniversary, CODEPINK! Thank you for being there. Keep on truckin’ for peace.
I Declare World Peace, too and still.