What is CODEPINK

wisemen_crop.jpgWhat is CODEPINK?

CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs. Join us!

What we do

Founded in fall 2002 as a grassroots effort to prevent the US war on Iraq, we continue to organize for justice for Iraqis and to hold war criminals accountable. We actively oppose the continuing U.S. war in Afghanistan, torture, the detention center at Guantanamo, weaponized and spy drones, the prosecution of whistleblowers, U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and repressive regimes.

How we do it

Rooted in a network of local organizers, online supporters and generous donors, with an emphasis on joy and humor, our tactics include satire, street theatre, creative visuals, civil resistance, and directly challenging powerful decision-makers in government and corporations. And of course, wearing pink!

Why women?

CODEPINK is not exclusively women — we invite men to join us — -but we are particularly eager to see mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters, female workers, students, teachers, healers, artists, writers, singers, poets and all outraged woman rise up and oppose the global militarism.

womennowar2_crop.jpgHow did we get started?

Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Diane Wilson, Starhawk and about 100 other women kicked off CODEPINK on November 17, 2002. We set up for a 4-month all-day vigil in front of the White House during the cold of winter.

The vigil inspired people from all walks of life, and from all over the country, to stand for peace. Many organizations joined us, including Global Exchange, Greenpeace, WILPF, WAND, Public Citizen, NOW, Women for Women International and Neighbors for Peace and Justice. The vigil culminated on March 8, International Women's Day, when we celebrated women as global peacemakers with a week of activities, rallies and a march to encircle the White House in pink.

Over 10,000 people participated, and a group of 25 women, including Alice Walker, Maxine Hong Kingston, Susan Griffin, Starhawk, Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin, were arrested for taking our peaceful protest right up to the White House gate.

CODEPINK thus emerged out of a deep desire by a group of American women to stop the United States from invading Iraq. The name CODEPINK plays on the former Bush Administration's color-coded homeland security alerts — yellow, orange, red — that signaled terrorist threats. While Bush's color-coded alerts were based on fear and were used to justify violence, the CODEPINK alert is a feisty call for people to "wage peace."

Since then CODEPINK has become a worldwide network of women and men committed to working for peace and social justice. We have become famous for confronting the warmongers, whether in the halls and hearing rooms of Congress, the national conventions of both the Republicans and Democrats, George Bush's fundraisers, the publicity tours of Karl Rove, Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and others, and Nancy Pelosi's house.

Peace3_crop.jpgPink action principles

  • Nonviolence: We are committed to peaceful means of protest and resolving conflict when executing our actions, in coalition work, and within our internal process and relationships. 
  • Clear Goals: We will define CODEPINK's unique niche in our community (creative protest, cultivating women's voices, etc.) and set attainable goals for local projects that will further CODEPINK's peace mission. 
  • Communication Guidelines:  We write, speak and listen with respect to all.  Disagreements or disappointments are opportunities to practice peaceful and productive communication with each other. We keep our criticisms concise, specific, constructive, and focused on future improvement. We affirm a culture of appreciation, thanking and valuing all our activists and acknowledging donations, co-sponsorships, and other support.
  •  Responsibility and Teamwork:  We work in teams, sharing tasks and responsibilities, and building skills, together. We agree to be responsible for something only when we're 100% sure we are going to do it.
  • Diversity and Tolerance: We embrace feminist principals of cooperation, problem-solving, critical thinking, compassion, analysis and processing.  We will speak up against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ageism, and other forms of oppression and prejudice.  We will work towards a deeper understanding of our own power and privileges, and seek to cultivate a diverse local group with connections to the array of social justice groups in our cities. We highly recommend that every activist read this piece about recognizing privilege, entitled "Unpacking the Invisible Backpack."
  •  Resource Sharing: Our logos, photos, and the downloadable resources on our website are free for local groups to use.  Central staff can help send email alerts for local organizers. Local groups can endorse or cosponsor local events without seeking permission from the central staff. Local groups are autonomous and are encouraged to take on national campaigns.
  • Messaging: We will work to make the messages on our banners, flyers, and public/ social media statements clear and potent. We aim to amplify our work through positive media coverage  -- for example, sending press releases, conducting press calls and liaising at events, providing talking points for participants, media training for local groups, etc.
  • Global Community: CODEPINK's work to end the war in Iraq was shared by 250 local groups in the US and a dozen international groups.  The solidarity between CODEPINK-ers in the US and overseas strengthens our work to end US wars and drone strikes, curtail government surveillance, bring justice to war victims, and reduce militarism worldwide. CODEPINK has taken delegations to Cuba, Iran, Israel-Palestine and other conflict zones to promote global and cultural engagement and awareness. We also participate in the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, international forums on war and peace, and other peace and diplomacy-building events.
  • Long Term Vision: We commit to working for a better world, for the long haul. We want to build what is called a “peace economy”: global community that cultivates a sense of respect for all people, and takes responsibility for the suffering we see in the world. We can begin by strengthening our relationships at home through our interactions and activism.  In the words of CODEPINK Cofounder Medea Benjamin, “Activism is good for our health and spirits—it keeps us engaged, active, upbeat, and passionate. Ending war may take a long time, and we can use that time to inspire ourselves and each other with positive, creative actions that embody the world we want to see!” 

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  • commented 2016-12-05 09:16:45 -0500
    I came to your site today after reading a very disturbing report from my friend, Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett, who has been risking her life to report from the front lines in Syria. After reading Eva’s comments about Code Pink, I can only conclude that Code Pink has either been duped by the US government, or has been infiltrated in order to get it to work in collusion with DC to smear the government and people of Syria. I am writing to you because I have attended some of your events with my friend Peter Petropoulis a DC resident and regular Code Pink event attendee, who introduced me to some of your DC members. Can someone from your group please respond here, in detail, to Eva’s report? Here is Eva’s comment about Code Pink and Syria… from Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/posts/1374088732601117

    John Bosnitch
    War Reporter and Radio/TV Journalist
    jbosnitch@gmail.com
  • commented 2016-11-20 02:05:44 -0500
    Kathleen Murphy is absolutely right about Hillary Hawk. I too voted for Jill, a good peace woman. And I’m sorry that MoveOn.org is trying to put a warmonger in. At least Trump will not get us into WWIII with Russia, and he has reiterated that he wants to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. If he can get Netanyahu to agree on peace, all power to him. Hillary would stop the BDS movement and assure that Netanyahu can continue his extra-judicial executions of Palestinians without protest from the US. Let’s encourage Trump on peace issues and oppose him when he’s wrong. A mass movement to ban the bomb and rid the world of war probably would influence him since he follows the polls closely and is independent of corporate interests. Why not try?
  • commented 2016-11-18 14:48:05 -0500
    In response to the comment below made by Martin McCoy

    How many Israeli homes have been bulldozed by Palestinian soldiers? --Answer: Zero
    How many military checkpoints do Palestinian soldiers maintain in Israel? --Answer: Zero
    How many Israeli children are currently being held in any Palestinian prisons? --Answer: Zero
    What level of involvement did the Palestinians have in perpetrating the Nazi holocaust of WWII? --Answer: Zero

    Meanwhile, even before WWII came to an end, the very first act of the CIA was to rescue and recruit Nazis…
  • commented 2016-11-18 14:30:23 -0500
    As a Jill Stein supporter (and former Bernie Sanders supporter who spent days emailing every single DNC superdelegate who had a workable email, asking them not to betray the will of the people and to please switch their vote from Hillary to Sanders), I have some important questions for Code Pink:

    If the upcoming love/hate march on DC is all about being against racism, then why is it geared towards replacing Trump with a war-mongering racist psychopath who has committed countless heinous crimes against humanity all over the world?
    ex. Haiti, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, etc… ANYONE?! -- How is it okay to treat other people’s basic human rights, like the Haitian people, as a bargaining chip to secure some superficial image of having gay rights, women’s rights and racial equality in the U.S. that only the upper class in America can benefit from?

    Has Code Pink not heard Hillary Clinton brag about how war criminal Kissinger calls her the best Secretary of State for her role in starting more wars than any other Sec. of State in American history? Has Code Pink not seen the latest WikiLeaks email leak that clearly shows the tight grip that George Soros has had over the minutest-detailed decisions made by Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State?

    The 1% has a “left” fist to go with its “right” fist, and both Obama and the Clintons have relentlessly behaved like Republicans on steroids the whole time they’ve been in public office —not least by the heinous crimes they’ve committed against humanity all over the world. But because all their crimes are under the banner of some Equal Opportunity image, the Code Pink website doesn’t include their names alongside the usual mentions of Bush, Rove and other Republicans who have not been in public office for 8 years?

    When is content of character going to mean more than superficial appearance? Never? I grow tired of watching people like Stephen Colbert make a big show of themselves standing up to republicans while ignoring that the very people they promote and have helped elect behave worse than republicans, as both Obama and the Clintons have done. (Please see Abby Martin’s recent TeleSur expose on Podesta -23 minutes) And no one says a word of protest?

    Which part of “no” do these Hillary supporters still not understand, after the first time around, in the DNC primary? If so-called anti-war movements like Code Pink do not have the courage to confront the blatant racist hypocrisy of this latest MoveOn “love/hate” effort to coerce Americans into accepting Hillary Clinton as president, then Code Pink is just as culpable for the resulting endless wars as the war-mongers themselves.
  • commented 2016-11-06 08:45:51 -0500
    Yep, just like Communist propaganda. You have been listening to CNN propaganda. The United States Of America is the greatest nation on the face of this earth FOR PEACE. If we weren’t here, this entire world would be under the iron boot of Russia (USSR) or China and they would be fighting now to see which one of those would be the dominant power. In fact, if we weren’t here, this entire world, today, would just be a burned or burning pile of ashes. As for Israel, I am not going to give you the Biblical reasons that Israel is justified in what they have done and are doing with the Palestinians, because you probably wouldn’t believe it. I’ve been to Israel on numerous occasions and Israel has tried, and is still trying, to coexist with these people. Israel wants peace, but the only thing that the Palestinians want is to see the last Israeli die or pushed into the sea. Israel has made concessions on land on a number of occasions (Gaza Strip, The East Bank, The Golan Heights), but the Palestinians won’t accept anything less than the total destruction of Israel. Sorry dear lady. You are either a conscious participant in the propaganda of the liberals or an unconscious one, I don’t know. All I know is that you are not a patriot as you claim, you are one of those types of people that caused us to lose the Vietnam war by undermining our military. You have the right to protest, our Constitution gives that to you, but it doesn’t mean that you are right in doing it.
  • commented 2016-11-06 01:38:09 -0400
    Martin McCoy, You are wrong. Code Pink is for the underdog. I’ve been with them to Gaza where they were for the Palestinian people who are being badly oppressed by Israel, which continues occupying them, stealing their land, demolishing their homes and attacking them without cause since the Palestinians have been offering a good peace to Israel since l988 on the basis of UN Resolutions. And the US is funding that occupation by the billions of dollars it gives to Israel—even though US law says that no aid is to be given to militaries that commit extra-judicial executions, as Israel currently does.
    Moreover, I’m afraid you’ve bought the Fox News version of reality. The US is the main aggressor in the world today. It is fighting or funding fighting in nine countries—Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Mali, Nigeria and the Cameroon. In Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, the US overthrew the governments without justification and caused widespread destruction in the countries. In Yemen the US is helping Saudi Arabia commit war crimes against the Yemenis, in Pakistan and Afghanistan the US is killing large numbers of civilians with its inhumane use of drones, in Mali it is attacking indigenous people (Tauregs) who are seeking the self-determination that international law states all people are entitled to, and in Nigeria and the Cameroon the US intervention is causing more chaos not stopping the conflicts.
    Furthermore, the US is violating the promise that Reagan made to Gorbachev when he agreed to the re-uniting of Germany: that the US and NATO would not put military bases in countries that were part of the former USSR. Instead, the US and NATO have encircled Russia and China very aggressively, the US has withdrawn from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia that limited the number of anti-ballistic missile installations each could have, the US instigated the overthrow of the elected president in the Ukraine and then complained about Russian aggression when the people of Crimea voted overwhelmingly to join Russia (as they have the right to do under international law), and if Hillary wins the election, she says she will institute a no-fly zone in Syria that could lead to conflict with Russia—and that could trigger WWIII and the possible demise of humankind, as some pundits are warning.
    Code Pink (not Red, please note) opposes militarism and wars of all kinds, as do I. (God said Thou Shalt Not Kill, remember?) That’s why I questioned why they signed the HandsOffSyria statement, which is biased towards Assad not the people of Syria.
  • commented 2016-11-05 23:08:28 -0400
    Ellen Rosser, I know EXACTLY the answer to your questions, but you won’t like it. CODE PINK is a subversive, COMMUNIST organization, that’s why. The only protesting I have read is toward the United States, NOT toward the REAL warmonger nations. The United States of America is the greatest nation for GOOD in the world today. Assad, Putin, the fat guy in North Korea are the ones that have to be stopped for world peace to prevail. I am not sure that the people in charge of CODE PINK even understand what they are, but it is very clear that they are pro-Assad and pro- Putin. As for the little fat guy in North Korea, I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were for stopping us from stopping him. That’s the truth and the truth may hurt, but it will set you free!
  • commented 2016-11-05 22:39:51 -0400
    The principles are great, especially ending all war. Therefore, I wonder why Code Pink signed onto the HandsOffSyria statement which justifies Assad’s calling in Russia to bomb Syrians in Aleppo, etc. The rest of the statement is great but not justifying war—any war. Stop the US/NATO aggression, but also stop Assad’s aggression against his own people. CEASEFIRE for all. The WILPF statement on Syria makes that point. I wish Code Pink joined with the WILPF statement opposing all war and aggression, not the HandsOffSyria statement that only opposes the US/NATO aggression and justifies Assad’s and Russia’s bombing.
    Peace and blessings, Ellen Rosser
  • commented 2016-10-28 00:14:38 -0400
    very much! Why did we still invade Iraq and Afghanistan? Maybe we didn’t last outside the White House long enough?
    Maybe we needed to be MORE?
    Maybe we need a Woman President who is for peace??
    I’ll be there with us all and bring all my friends I can convince to be for peace..
  • commented 2016-10-28 00:08:56 -0400
    great. let’s do it again for however long it takes till Hillary, (the Hawk) declares ALL wars unconstitutional. We will not leave until she abolishes war and wages peace with the women of the United States of America.
  • commented 2016-10-27 12:03:01 -0400
    Dear Code Pink
    So, I just read Shelly Mcgough’s letter; I thought it was poorly written, with no organization or coherence. Then I read the last line and I said to myself, there is really something wrong with this girl. Clinton a warmonger? I don’t think so. She voted for George W’s war, but so did about seventy of her fellow senators, largely because they were lied to. Who ya’ gonna believe, the President of the United States, or some Scandinavian twit working for the United Nations, who everybody “knows” is anti-American.
    Appealing to a higher powers is a good idea, at least it can’t hurt. God needs a little help with this. Appealing to reason and our common humanity might work. Or not.
    Hijacked by George Soros? I don’t know the man, and I’m sure he’s a horrible monster, Shelly, but he’s not running for president, and whatever your point is, you didn’t make it. Ultimately, the human race will unite or become extinct. This means globalism, but not in its present form.
    Hitler was not a socialist, nor was Stalin, both were fascists, and eugenics has been chucked into the dustbin of history. Fascism is based on the principle that the government owns everything including the people. Socialism is based on the premise of the common ownership of productive capital. That’s not really in play now. Neither is JFK’s assassination.
    The war machine rolls on; despite Barack’s best intentions he couldn’t stop it and neither will Clinton. George W. did more damage than you can imagine. Can it even be fixed? Some things can’t be fixed. This has been going on since the seventh century. Americans don’t understand that and are apparently not smart enough to elect people who do.
    Vote for Hillary or against Trump, because she’s not the crazy one. There will not be more wars started under her administration. I understand Code Pink. Just stop. Protest all wars. Just stop it. There’s never been a good war, there never will be. Code Pink’s focus on peace puts our worst flaw front and center. There’ll be no prosperity without peace. And no peace without justice.
    The part where Ms. Mcgough endorses Trump left me stumped. Hillary’s not the answer because she’s the problem? Circular logic. Mcgough’s defense of liberty, peace, environmentalism, feminism, diversity, and her condemnation of corruption are admirable, But does she think Trump’s going to fix it all because he’s an outsider? Are you kidding me? Donald Trump the corrupt, who pays no taxes, stiffs his workers, knows more than the generals, threatens to torture and bomb the s—t out of ISIS, and allow proliferation of nukes. Trump insults the dignity of women, “grab them by the p——y”, take away their health care, who impugns the character of men, (I don’t talk like that) wants to meet Biden behind the gym. Trump’s going to de-legitimize the American system of free and fair elections? “It’s a rigged system, folks, unless I win.” Trump’s going to build a golf course in Baghdad. The man is insane.
  • commented 2016-10-24 00:29:16 -0400
    The problem with your organization is the same as the the neutrality movement before WWII. It didn’t stop the war and, since America was not able to give aid to the Allies as they could have before Pearl Harbor, it contributed to the length of the war and many more millions of lives were lost because of it. The problem with CODE PINK, is that the focus of peaceful action is toward the United States, while our enemies do not want peace, they want war and will make war. We have to be strong and that is the only way the peace has ever come, through strength and the willingness to fight evil. If we lay our arms down, it won’t be long before evil nations will rule the world. It’s a sad fact, but it is a REAL fact!
  • commented 2016-10-23 21:15:02 -0400
    You should organize a peace conference to pull every organization you can think of together for an anti-war march against Syria and US putting missiles throughout the world. We need a big march and we need it now. And marches around the country. We need someone to committ to organizing this.
  • commented 2016-09-17 13:03:48 -0400
    Code Pink, stop supporting the White Helmets. Take some time and learn who they are. They are not what you think. They are Jihadists who are a propaganda arm of the US War Against Syria. The Real Syria Civil Defense are the ones who are saving lives on the other side of the battle field. The White Helmets are anti-feminists and extreme Wahabbist. Please address this road that you are taking, supporting the wrong side.
    http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/2016/09/16/video-netflix-and-the-white-helmets-hand-in-hand-with-al-qaeda/
  • commented 2016-08-28 12:20:12 -0400
    Dear Code Pink
    What is ‘flag’, what did I say, and how could I be flagged so fast?
  • commented 2016-08-28 12:16:20 -0400
    Dear David Eberhardt
    Most people today are self-published. You can look on Amazon, or Create Space, and I’m sure there are others. I’m assuming your book is in digital form. The process is simple, but of course you don’t have a publicity asset. The idea is to create a ‘platform’ through social media and other networks. If it’s good enough, it will grow.
    The idea of revolution needs to be recreated.
  • commented 2016-08-27 16:39:31 -0400
    to David Will (see below)- times are different- as u know our revolutionaries were deeply flawed- we have made progress since then- as w the 60’s- peace,civil rts, feminist, earth lib and lgbt movements- don’t swell in the past- join us building a future!!!
  • commented 2016-08-27 16:36:40 -0400
    continues the tradition i love- non violent, radical, militant free range, heritage civil disobedience and disruption (i am a 75 yr old in the catholic left/Berrigan tradition)- my recent arrest at the nra hq was thrilling and only set me back 80 bux
    spking egotistically- i have finished my book For all the Saints- and lking for a publisher- any ideas?
    Code Pink is like Art Laffin of the DC Catholic Worker (also a reg organizer of demos)- i feel we need to support CXode Pink money wise- and i hope youths will join
    the times we are living in (it/s 8/27/26) and easily as bad as the 60’s- we need to stir up some revolutionary spirit (as w Black Lives Matter)
    i recommend Dan Zak’s and Clara Bingham’s new books- and of course, Medea Benjamin’s.
  • commented 2016-08-23 14:53:06 -0400
    Just came across this very anti-woman post from Trump

    http://deadbeatdon.blogspot.com/2016/08/deadbeat-don-on-relationships-you-know.html
  • commented 2016-07-30 02:03:47 -0400
    I just think your great :)
  • commented 2016-07-27 22:34:48 -0400
    redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs. Join us!…..
    This they say ? How about redirecting MY tax dollars back to me to decide where I spend … Donate …or use it !
  • commented 2016-07-25 15:45:38 -0400
    Does anyone in this group understand that the ONLY reason they have the FREEDOM to think what they want and say what they want is because in 1775 a group of MONSTROUS, AGGRESSIVE , MEAN, warlike men got armed and killed the King’s men.

    Do you think they ever think that freedom can and would be taken away if those terrible men who guard them decided not to? If they ever fell under Sharia Law they’d be told to put on Burkas, get beaten, shut up and make babies when told. About 800 million women live like that daily.

    How do you like my reaction?
  • commented 2016-07-24 16:27:14 -0400
    Mr. Bonney, I find your response logical and intelligent. I could get behind everything you wrote, until you added the last sentence.

    I do not I own a TV and do not listen to the radio. I’m a writer; I listen to music. I believe I am at least sufficiently educated, but am enough of a critical thinker that I am always willing to listen.
  • commented 2016-07-24 15:06:35 -0400
    Dear Code Pink
    I want to thank you for the opportunity to express myself in this column. To Misters McCoy and George, I appreciate your well-thought-out comments, but I’d like to make a few points. First of all, the right to protest is unquestioned.
    I agree that war is sometimes necessary, and I think even Code Pink would agree that if war is necessary it is justified. The comment about the Brown Shirts is chilling.
    According to the Constitution, before the United States enters a war, there must be a reasoned debate, and there must be a declaration of war by Congress. Although it is not stated in the Constitution, the President can not lie to Congress. He can lie to us, but not to Congress. The declaration is contingent on an immanent and serious threat to the security of the United States. We must not go to war for money, and we can not go to war in a foreign country for their own good. There is no clause about spreading democracy. There is no clause about saving people from their own leaders, as much as we would like to, the Constitution does not allow it. We can go to war to support our sworn allies, but not if they can defend themselves. These criteria would make WWII the last just war the US entered.
    Another point is that the President is not the Commander in Chief, unless the country is at war. During peacetime, there is no commander in chief because we don’t need one. Hamilton and Madison believed that a standing army was dangerous to democracy. A standing army tends toward perpetual war, which is where we are now. Obviously, we need a standing army, but it has to be under control. We can’t have “New World Order” demagogues bringing us to the brink of destruction. George Bush, I mean you. The invasion, and the UN sanctions did not bring Saddam Hussein to his knees, but it killed and sickened millions of his people. Saddam Hussein would not lie down and show you his belly. And the war gave rise to al-Qaeda. just as little Bush’s war created ISIS. I would like to bring it to your attention that the sanctions against Iraq were declared by the UN. A great irony, the UN does the bidding of the United States, as Ambassador John Bolton said, but the UN is routinely maligned by the loyal USA subjects.
    The 5000 or so US soldiers who died there, I put on Bush’s tab, although it was really the unelected Rumsfeld cabal that is responsible. Bush should have stopped them, but he was incompetent. In my opinion, every damn one of you is incompetent. The Bushes should never have been elected, they only were able to by riding on Reagan’s coattails. The incompetent Americans are unworthy of their fine democracy which is their birthright.
    I disagree with Obama’s policies too, however I question the safety of a president who is insufficiently warlike. I think the US should assume its responsibility for the Middle Eastern refugee crisis, and support the camps. The region is too unstable for them to go home, they need food, water, shelter, and latrines. Or who are you going to make clean up your mess?
    What infuriates me the most is the refusal of the US to learn from its mistakes. Nixon’s war lead to several million deaths, and when you see the total failure of that lesson, and the ability of the US to madly defy reason and wantonly kill, you should be disgusted. You should be disgusted with yourselves for putting these maniacs in power.
    I suggest you turn off the TV and the radio, and educate yourselves.
    Steve Bonney
  • commented 2016-07-23 20:37:22 -0400
    Mr. McCoy, I agree that war, though always hell, is sometimes justified. I do not even agree with about half of CODEPINK’s principals, but do stand by their right to demonstrate and advance their point of view.

    However, I took exception the the RNC’s treatment of the protestor, when thoughtfully engaging her, or least just quietly removing her, would have made more sense than trying to take her banner away and then covering it in the American flag, which is NOT a proper use for the flag. Those tactics only served to make those at the convention look like, as former Senator Humphrey put it, brown shirts. Brave men and women did not die in battle so that the flag could be used to silence dissent.

    Where I was finding fault in your argument (if there was an argument there) is in evoking communism, which makes no sense, as communist nations in general have long tended toward military aggression and repression. CODEPINK is merely advocating peace.

    Finally, there was little that was fallacious in my comment as I only asked if you were suggesting that to demonstrate resistance is unAmerican? It merely seemed to me that you were.
  • commented 2016-07-23 17:28:27 -0400
    Mr. George, you can NOT show me one word in my comment where I discouraged “the right to protest”, so your entire comment is fallacious.

    The United States is a nation that HATES war, yet this group of women want to stop us from EVER participating in war. That is nonsense!! Not all wars are unjustified, at least for ones who are trying to protect others from tyranny. I am glad that we went to war in Iraq, we removed a man from power who had killed hundreds of his own people and was a definite threat to others. The same is true about Afghanistan and continuing there. I disagree with the way that it is being conducted, but that is due to the current administration and not our military.

    Sure, protest all you want. However, for people to be against EVERY war because you don’t want war is ludicrous. We have to protect ourselves and have that right. There are evil nations out there who need to be checked.
  • commented 2016-07-23 10:28:22 -0400
    So, exercising the right to protest – the freedom of speech and expression – guaranteed by The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is unAmerican?

    Are you, Mr. McCoy, suggesting that to demonstrate resistance to those policies we disagree with is unAmerican? I find that shocking and ridiculous, because you, yourself, noted the war for independence. If dissent were never permitted, the United States would never exist, which is exactly why our Founding Fathers wanted to protect our freedom of expression,

    If you do not care for the right to express unpopular opinions, than you would much prefer Eritrea, North Korea, and Saudia Arabia, where expressing an opinion at variance with the government policy is punishable by death.
  • commented 2016-07-22 23:25:14 -0400
    Stupid, anti-American garbage!!! Anti-Christian, anti-patriotism, drivel!! And that are the GOOD things about this stupidity.

    These are the same people that would have been against the colonies declaring their independence, the north not going to war against the south, keeping slaves in slavery, going against Spain when they blew up our battleship in Cuba, stopping the German Kaiser in Europe, fighting the Japs and Germans in WWII and trying to stop the Communists in Korea and Vietnam. In other words, it is a COMMUNIST front.
  • commented 2016-07-22 13:05:35 -0400
    I had never heard of CODEPINK, until a couple of days ago. So, as a politically involved professional female who is also a mom and grandmom, I decided to find out more about your “cause.” I began reading this article and realized that this is a group of uninformed and undereducated women. There is no clear agenda in this article, there are no definitive arguments against anything. We all desire a peaceful world, but as long as we have different religions, government structures, and ethnicities, there will be war in one form or another. But, now that this Christian, Southern, NRA member, military supporting, stands with Israel, professional accountant, mom and grandmom knows about your group, I realize it is just another group of mimes in the park which I will avoid.
  • commented 2016-07-22 12:30:29 -0400
    Dear Code Pink. I wrote this in response to Stephen Collins’ “correction” of my synopsis of ME history. I don’t know why it wasn’t posted. "Interesting that you would call the ancient cities Christian, when they were founded before even the Jews existed. I do know that the political structure changed many times over the ages, and the gods with them. I think your use of the word “stolen” reveals an obvious bias, whereas the right of conquest is the only law. Very few so-called Christians are followers of Jesus, a man of peace. You can call the Abbasid caliphate violent? Seriously? What kind of historian are you? My point is this is a grudge match. And if the Middle East “belonged” to Byzantium, what are the Jews doing there now? The unholy alliance between god and empire continues unabated. Human behavior during wartime doesn’t really change, god is always on both sides, and only he can judge. And it’s Bonney. One o."
    Concerning some beastly quasi-manish comments, karma will work its will. Eventually. Stay strong.