CodePink – Women For Peace
CODEPINK , according to their mission statement, "is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities. We reject the Bush administration’s fear-based politics that justify violence, and instead calls for policies based on compassion, kindness and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence."
"CODEPINK has become a worldwide network of women and men committed to working for peace and social justice. There are over 250 active local groups around the country and the world. Some groups have 10 participants, others have over 100. Each groups acts autonomously, and chooses significant campaigns and actions in their own communities, while using suggestions, action ideas and receiving support from the national team. Each group does its own dreaming, and scheming: some groups take over bridges while others hand out pink flowers with messages of peace attached to them."
"We call on all outraged women to join us in taking a stand, now. And we call upon our brothers to join with us and support us. These actions will be initiated by women, but not limited to women. Stand in the streets and marketplaces of your towns with banners and signs of dissent, and talk to your neighbors. Stand before your elected representatives: and if they will not listen, sit in their offices, refusing to leave until they do. Withdraw consent from the warmongers. Engage in outrageous acts of dissent. We encourage all actions, from public education and free speech to nonviolent civil disobedience that can disrupt the progress toward war."
What is more important than war? Peace is more important than war. What is more important than being anti-war you might wonder? Being pro-peace is more important, and in the long run, may prove to be more effective than being anti-war. Check out the CODEPINK website.
Just as the colour pink has well-served the fight against breast cancer at the Codepink website it serves to be a focus for all women who want to see peace. It is a well organized site, well organized and very important movement.
Hopefully the current and corrupt government of the United States has served notice to women everywhere that being silent isn’t really an option anymore. Each one of us, no matter where in the world we live, as women, whether we have children or not, but for the sake of all children must raise her voice now for peace.
© A.J. Mahari
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