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 2016-10-24 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 2016-10-23 15:37:56 -0400
    Dear Code Pink,
    I pray for Peace everyday, I want everyone to be respected and listened to. I am a woman. Please hear me when I say. Hillary Clinton is a warmonger and a war profiteer. The mainstream media has been hijacked and her being elected president will insure that the Big War machines keep rolling. Peace through strength 💪 I love and respect you all, but feminist have been taken hijack by some very militant forces funded by George Soros to prey on your kind nature. He is a globalist who if his plan is successful won’t care if you are a man or a woman or transgender or gay…there will be no tolerance no tenderness only a bleak existence they provide, ending in a futile life devoid of liberty. Hitler was a socialist, he killed gays, mentally ill, the unsound, and lest we forget, millions of jews? (He was also a proponent of Eugenics as was Margaret Sanger, the founder of planned parenthood who targeted black communities) Stalin a Socialist killed more than Hitler! There is no freedom or peace in Socialism.
    John F. Kennedy was assassinated for the Military Industrial Complex. The Big Corporations with no lobby reform are continually putting their own people with the cooperation of corrupt government into the highest positions in the land.
    They have the the power to control our food, our medicine, our finances, our education, and eventually our thinking. There may not be another front line again to end the two party system and the military industrial complex again and now is a time for democrats and republicans, independents and all who want and cherish their peace and personal freedoms to put our grievances aside and stand together as citizens to stop the corruption and control over every aspect of our lives from expanding. To tell government we’re sick of the war and the killing, we sick of the poisonous food and the poisonous water! The killing must stop, the lies must stop! The love the forgiving and the unity must begin. Stop gentrification in our poorest communities, and can we for the love of what ever you consider holy can we build some decent housing that is affordable instead of McMansions?
    I’m done I’ve better and pleaded. Hillary is not the answer to any of our problems because she and people like her in both parties are the problem!!!!
    That is why I support Trump Pence 2016
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • commented 2016-07-22 07:35:51 -0400
    CP are a bunch of menstrating skanks with their tampons skewed. They’re so upset with themself so they have to push their menstrating woes onto others. Ride that monthly pony girls and double up on your premerin
  • commented 2016-07-22 06:38:53 -0400
    It’s about a bunch of dumb cunts
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  • commented 2016-07-22 00:50:09 -0400
    Dear Honorable Fellow Members of Judaeo-Christian Civilization:

    The basic “three-some” of CHESSED , EMES v’TSEDDEK, when integrated, are the three legs that support Peace / Shalom.

    A Universal Truth.

    Also they serve as the basis for each Human individual thinking and praying for World Peace / Shalom.

    Your organization and probably your Chassidim / Followers thinks negatively and are fragmented in your priorities .

    Missing one or two of the significant three legs, in your pseudo-intellectual “creations”. Too many of your Thinkers just are not so great thinkers when stretched out on the canvas of Life..

    As a simple student of Life, I think that all human beings are Great, if they are permitted or permit themselves to Think Great !.

    The Context is too often only One of the Three Legs. A very unstable snapshot. Shallow and Illusions. A picture of an amputee or handicapped individual, with missing parts.

    Simply too often a static vision , if not a dead snapshot, composed of missing vital facts and vital parts.

    Human skeletons with shadows rather than skin, bones, flowing blood vessels and nerve within a no longer beating human heart.

    Every civilized living human being agrees that war is horrible. This assumption is missing in your presentation. A major failing.

    Every one who seeks Family, marriage, children and a belief in a future, is a true and faithful supporter of the ideals and is anti-war..

    The Dead not the Living have become the triggers of your stories and your images. Time stops in your short paragraphs and posters as you portray Life as a static Illusion, with vague reference to Evil perpetrators.. Maybe the Dead you pose in your photos were the pre-existing perpetrators of Evil?

    You create this Graphic as if it were based on a platform standing on a unified bond of the above three legs. This is not the Truth.

    As if the Cemetery, with one or several tombstones have become a sign of a living human being . Of a Community. It is not.

    A false assumption. It is the living who are not Dead. Some Evil and some Good co-exists within each one of us. The Living.

    Your organization fails on the basis of NOT standing with all THREE of these separate legs integrated and connected to the Trunk and fails to make visible the responsibilities or the accountabilities of each one of the Living being examined under your microscope.

    Each and every one of the living share in becoming whole and integrated, or remaining fragmented.

    We, each one of us has choice. This is our individual freedom of choice.

    For many hundreds of years, there has been the practice of Chesed without Emes…a two-legged unsteady stool….on some of the platforms.

    A welcome and emotional response, yet too often being highlighted with a False exclamation point..

    Most often a platform composed with a poor reflection of actual History and an absence of Reality. Which often is seen as a positive option.

    However with strict Focus on a small window in the massive building that is being examined. A SELFISH image becomes visible and is simply out of Context and is not the Truth / No Emes.

    Today, tragically, too often the result is One-sided Tseddek without Chessed ….a one legged unsteady stool….the Platform of a Prosecutor without a Defense Attorney …a pre-existing presumption of Guilt – in a world where democracy claims that one is Innocent until Proven guilty.

    Shallow thinking. Not so Great. More dangerous than Death. It strongly afflicts the uneducated Living. The mostly ignorant masses.

    Peace and Shalom.

    Trying to live and walk and think with Three Legs, Together and United.

    With Ahava and Respect for all Human Beings who Love and Respect me and each other.

    Dr George Moskowitz.
  • commented 2016-07-22 00:09:29 -0400
    Well…. " star hawk" WTF ? More crack pots, losers who are comical ! Bulldaggers, whales, bloted old washed up Harry ass’ed scanks! Hug those trees girls! I wish I could slaughter every last one of you if it were legal! Fuck you all! Suck trumps filthy cock! Get dat’ CUM bitches.
  • commented 2016-07-21 23:12:49 -0400
    Goodness. You are all naive and misinformed. That’s okay, waive your pink banners and go limp as your dragged from your protest post. The brave military men in my family will continue to protect your life and your freedom.
  • commented 2016-07-21 22:51:57 -0400
    Without military protection of this country, or even “war”, they won’t have any healthcare, education, green jobs or other life affirming programs or anything else at all to worry about for that matter. These people are naive to say the least.
  • commented 2016-07-21 21:54:48 -0400
    “I wonder if Code Pink will protest at the DNC as well? HRC voted for war repeatedly, the Dems have proven themselves to be just as much the warhawks the Repubs are.”

    They certainly should and very well might, but Dems won’t be trying to take CP’s signs way from them and security they won’t covering their signs up with American flags in a sickening display of authoritarian nationalism.
  • commented 2016-07-21 00:42:02 -0400
    Peace through Strength, Strength through Unity, Unity through Freedom and the United States of America.
  • commented 2016-07-21 00:31:21 -0400
    Dear Steven Booney,

    The goal of the the first Crusade called in 1095 was to recapture the lands stolen by the Abbasid Caliphate from the Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire) which had happened centuries earlier. The crusades were called by the Byzantines 3 centuries after the creation and rapid, not to mention violent, expansion of Islam. During the early Arab conquests of Islam great Byzantine cities such as Alexandria, Jerusalem, and Antioch were sacked and pillaged by muslim armies, and once the Abbasid caliphate had successfully subjugated Persi they set their eyes on Constantinople, the most culturally diverse and architecturally beautiful city at that time. However they were not successful, but the threat posed by Islam was still present. So at the beginning of the first crusade Nicaea was successfully captured, then the crusades marched down to capture Antioch, Jerusalem, and Edessa. THese would become the crusader kingdoms in the middle east. So you see the middle east was christian for CENTURIES before Islam, or for that matter the crusades, were ever conceived.