Are you sick of your tax dollars enriching weapons corporations while children go hungry? Sick of killing civilians in Syria and Iraq while ostensibly fighting terrorist groups the U.S. funded and created in the first place? Join us in the street outside this appearance by President Obama in Portland, Maine on Thursday, October 30!The President, chief cheerleader for bombing Iraq and Syria, will be at the Portland Expo in the early evening. Meet up outside at 5pm and join CODEPINK Mainers to say: NO to war on Syria and Iraq!Our neighbors in Canada erupted with anti-war demonstrations this weekend protesting their government's complicity in bombing and killing civilians in the endless "war on terror" in Iraq and Syria. Let's not miss this chance to show how we feel about Obama's latest wars!PRESS RELEASE:
Local Coordinator, CODEPINK Portland
CODEPINK Activists & Allies Protest Pres. Obama
at Portland Campaign Event for Michaud
Call To End U.S. Strikes on Syria & Iraq
Portland –– On Thursday, October 30 the peace group CODEPINK and associates will protest President Obama’s bombing of Syria and Iraq at a campaign event for Mike Michaud at the Portland Expo.
Mainers planning to greet the POTUS are strongly opposed to U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq and opposed to sending troops. “Who benefits from our government’s militaristic policies? Arms dealers and military contractors,” said Lisa Savage, an organizer for the Oct. 30 protests. “There is a certain fatigue after more than a decade of the endless war on terror. People say they don’t protest because it won’t make any difference. CODEPINK believes it does make a difference by creating a space for dissent that is already out there.”
In response to the announcement of the U.S. bombing of Syria, members of CODEPINK released the following statements:
"Many Americans have unfortunately been whipped up by the media, Congressional hawks, and now the Obama administration to support this latest round of intervention in Syria and Iraq," said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. "But we are certain that this support is neither deep, strong nor long-term.After 12 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the drone wars, Americans across the political spectrum realize that these interventions have not defeated extremist groups and have only drained our resources from much needed programs at home. They will soon understand the folly of this new round of intervention in complicated civil and regional wars."
“I resigned from the US government 11 years ago,’ said Ret. Colonel Ann Wright. “I resigned over the Bush administration lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The Bush administration got it wrong 11 years ago and I think the Obama administration has it wrong now. There are political avenues that have not been tried.“The Obama administration's fear mongering and its decision to bomb Syria and the media's hysteria for war are dangerous for the United States and will create more people who wish the United States harm.”
“Since 9/11 our violent response has only increased the violence in the world. Instead of a coalition of the willing, Obama announced ... a coalition of the violent and there has never been a vote by Congress approving the bombing. This war on the predominantly Muslim country of Syria being waged is happening at the hands of President Obama, the Nobel Peace Laureate. We must continue to demand political solutions that lead to peace, not more violence,” added Wright.
CODEPINK is a women-led peace and justice group formed during the struggle against President Bush’s wars; it has continued to expose and oppose President Obama’s foreign policies that promote violence and injustice. In recent years CP members have organized against the immoral drone wars, against U.S. support for repressive regimes from Israel to Saudi Arabia to Egypt, and objected to the bloated Pentagon budget.
CODEPINK is working with the broader peace movement at home and abroad to mobilize opposition to recent escalations of U.Ss intervention. CP supports partners in the region, particularly women’s groups, and advocates for policies that promoting life-affirming activities.
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Medea Benjamin along with University of Florida Students for Justice in Palestine with hold a discussion on Palestine. Lunch in included.
CodePINKgainesville, Gainesville Vets for Peace, Occupy Gainesville, and peace Gainesville folks will wave banners at Main St. & University Av and at 4:20 pm walk to Prioria Robotics, local military drone maker, .7 mile to demand an end to killer drones! Everyone encouraged to participate!
Medea Benjamin will talk about her newest book, Drone Warfare, Killing By Remote Control with a reception and booksigning to follow. This event is cosponsored by Gainesville Vets for Peace, Gainesville NOW, Wild Iris Bookstore, Civic Media Center, Students for Justice in Palestine, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, Occupy Gainesville, the Iguana and others.
Join CODEPINK at NoDronesLA's Community Town Hall Against Drones!
In late May 2014, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) received two Draganflyer X6 drones from the Seattle Police Department (SPD). SPD had originally bought these drones through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The drone program was stopped by the people of Seattle, who met the proposed drone program by drowning out the city’s mayor during a public hearing- “No Drones!”
But then those drones are now in possession of LAPD and threaten our privacy and communities at large. We know a overly militarized police force does not protect and serve citizens. From Ferguson to LA people are resisting police violence, repression and surveillance. LAPD has a long history of lies, brutality, and violence against communities, especially communities of color.
That is why we are taking the information directly to the people. This is a moment to have our own hearing, our own platform as everyday people to speak truth to power and express our condemnation of these new programs. Join Codepink and NoDrones in saying enough is enough!
TOGETHER we can some the further militarization of our communities! Los Angeles, raise your voice at this important event to say NO DRONES!
Join CODEPINK in attendance for a special evening of music and readings to celebrate the tenth-anniversary edition of Voices of a People’s History of the United States and launch the third — and updated — edition of this acclaimed book by Howard Zinn (1922-2010) and Anthony Arnove.
Voices is the primary-source companion to Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States. It features the words of visionaries, rebels, and dissenters who have changed the course of our history. Jon Stewart calls Voices “gut-wrenching,” while Salon says it is "Compelling and indispensable.”
Since 2004, the organization Voices of a People’s History of the United States has presented performances around the country to tell the stories of these dramatic activists whose contributions are often overlooked while also developing teaching materials for schools from elementary to college level.
This special tenth anniversary event will include Voices editor Anthony Arnove, actors Kerry Washington, Marisa Tomei, Josh Brolin, Frances McDormand, Jesse Williams, Michael Ealy, Benjamin Bratt, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christina Kirk, Alicia Witt, and Hong Chau, musicians Tom Morello and Joe Henry, and other special guests.
Tickets available online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9955870