Iraq

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Here are some ways you can take action to prevent further US military intervention in Iraq! Keep your voice and energy engaged! We have to inspire and motive people to take action if we are going to squelch the drumbeat to more war.

Social Media

  • Facebook: Commit to posting "No new war on Iraq" every day for a week to your Facebook wall/other social media. Post it on the Facebook page of your Senators and Representatives and also on the Facebook walls of major media outlets. Share anti-war memes with your friends. Share this graphic on your Facebook: it’s a collection of who shouldn’t be giving advice about the situation on in Iraq!
  • Twitter: Use your smart phone, laptop, or an Internet café to share updates on your Iraq action! Use hashtags #NoMoreWar #DontBombIraq #Iraq and any others that seem relevant. Share articles, facts, and tweet pictures from actions you go to with your anti-war message.
  • Flickr: Share your photos by uploading your best pictures to the No New War on Iraq Flickr group. To submit, upload the photos to your personal account and chose the group. If you have trouble uploading or submitting your photos, send an email to info@codepink.org and we’ll upload your photos for you.

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Events

Things to do with friends

  • Organize a dinner and movie night: Eating and talking is one of the easiest ways to bring people together. Host a dinner with food from the Middle East. Ask your friends to bring something along, so you don’t need to cook all week. Set aside time to watch short videos from CODEPINK. 
  • Read: Stop the Next War Now excerpts can be read with members of your group in a private or public location and hold a discussion afterward.
  • Watch and discuss feelings about Iraq war:discuss what people would like to do to avert a resumption of US air strikes.
  • Invite a speaker: Ask folks from CODEPINK, IVAW or your local peace and justice center to speak about Iraq and all the unresolved issues and problems from US war/occupation of 2003 - 2011 to a gathering at your home (email info@codepink.org to schedule a CODEPINK staffer!).

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 Things you can do in public

  • Write a letter to your local newspaper: Tell peoople why you oppose a new bombing campaign/war in Iraq.
  • March and/or rally: Organize a solidarity march and carry a banner with one of our suggested slogans like “Don’t Bomb Iraq” or “No New War On Iraq”. Consider marching across a bridge in your city – makes a powerful visual. Or rally outside a Federal Building, or another symbolic place. Don’t forget a banner and a camera!
  • Candlelight vigil: Candles make a subtle and beautiful display. Find a public location (City Plaza, Federal Building, Main Library — you know your community) and read the names of the Iraq war dead. Don’t forget your “Don’t Bomb Iraq” banner.
  • Do a phone-a-thon: a great action for a public spot in your home town.
  • Visit your member of Congress: Take a few other like-minded people to his/her district office, strive for ethnic, age and gender balance.
  • Hit your local bookstores: Put info bookmarks in Cheney's, Rice's, books in bookstores, and/or move the book to a more "accurate” section, such as "Crime.
  • Start a weekly peace rally in your town: Buy an all-weather CODEPINK banner!

Things that require you to pack a travel bag: Go to DC and do a week’s lobbying, networking with other activists, and observing votes, debates and/or hearings in Congress.

Profiles of Courage

Here are some extraordinary stories of girls escaping from ISIS — and into the care provided by the brand new shelter:

Six Girls: It began when ISIS militia overran a city in northern Iraq. Hundreds of men were executed on the spot and thrown into mass graves. Grieving, terrified women and girls were held captive, monitored by cameras and guards, drugged, beaten and worse. Then the selling of women and girls began. Some men bought four or more women at a time, raping them repeatedly. Women were passed as gifts or traded from man to man, in an unending nightmare of sexual slavery. One night, 16-year-old Ola managed to slip the drugs meant for her into her captors’ teapot. While the men slept, six girls ran for their lives. “If we stay, we may die every day. If we escape, we might live,” Ola said, and the girls agreed. They made their way on foot for days, weak and bleeding, to a refugee camp in Duhok, northern Iraq. It would have been easy for the girls to be overlooked in this sprawling, desolate place, but OWFI was there, and they took the girls under their wing. They are now among hundreds who have medical care, counseling, nourishing food and human kindness, thanks to OWFI.

Noor: Once, Noor was a typical 15-year-old girl. Like many girls her age, she enjoyed going to school and spending time with her friends. But her whole world changed forever when ISIS invaded her town in northern Iraq. ISIS militias went door to door, rounding up and killing men and boys, and abducting, enslaving and raping girls and women. Noor’s brother was taken away, never to be seen again. And Noor was sold 15 times, passed from one ISIS fighter to the next. Each time, she was raped. Luckily, Noor managed to escape her captors. She made her way, mostly on foot, to a refugee camp. There she met Yanar Mohammed, director of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. “The worst moments,” Noor told Yanar, “were when one man would sell me to another. And I would have to hear them debating what my life was worth.” What happened to Noor was no accident. It was part of a deliberate strategy by ISIS to terrorize and prey on the most vulnerable — especially young girls. Their pattern has been sickeningly consistent: separate the unmarried girls and young women from their mothers, load them into buses, and send them away to be sold like chattel in slave markets.

Spread the word! 

You can make a difference for so many of these girls, too many of them still only children. The brand new shelter provides support for girls and women like Noor who have escaped sexual slavery by ISIS. They’re almost ready to launch, and they need you! Your support today can provide immediate aid, transportation to our safe houses and medical care. Every girl deserves a safe and happy childhood. Noor is now secure and is slowly beginning to heal from her traumas. But she’s one of the lucky ones. Please tell your friends to help protect even more young girls like Noor with a gift today.

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