We need your help getting out the truth that
the Iraq war was based on lies, has left Iraq
in tatters, has drained our resources and is being
repeated in Afghanistan. Together, we will organize
to Bring Our War $$ Home. We know that power lies
in following the money. We want to exert pressure
to create real change - which is why we would
like to work with all of you to get Bring Our
War $$ Home city council resolutions passed in
Read Medea Benjamin on Huffington Post: From
‘Liberation’ to Operation: 10 Reasons Iraq Was
No Cakewalk, March 17, 2011
Learn more about our Bring
Our War $$ Home Campaign.
CODEPINK emerged out of
a desperate desire by a group of American women to stop
the Bush administration from invading Iraq. Over the
years, through our work with individuals and organizations
around the world, we have worked relentlessly to help
highlight the reality of this illegal and immoral occupation.
We feel that by amplifying Iraqi women's voices,
leading peace delegations to the region, keeping vibrant,
creative protest alive in the halls of Congress as well
as raising aid for Iraqi families we have been able
to dispel the myth of 'Mission Accomplished'.
We know that war is hell, and this hell can be especially
deep for mothers. Less than$600 million (less than the
$720m the U.S. spends each day to wage the war) has
been slated for emergency relief, basic health services
and education for the millions of Iraqis who have been
forced from their homes and are now living abroad or
are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Knowing this, we continue to work with organizations
who focus on the Iraqi Refugee Crisis and to do what
the US government has not. Furthermore, we call on Obama
and his administration to immediately withdraw all U.S.
troops, including residual forces and private contractors
from Iraq. Instead, the U.S. government should increase
efforts in diplomacy, humanitarian aid and refugee resettlement.
Continued troop presence will only encourage more armed
opposition within Iraq and will not force the Iraqi
government and Iraqi factions to negotiate power. In
addition, with the continued presence of U.S. troops,
the international community will doubt the U.S. commitment
to withdrawal and will wait to invest in diplomatic
and reconstruction efforts.