On Anniversary of Iraq War, CODEPINK to Conduct “Spring Cleaning of Congress”

CODEPINK Press Release

March 18, 2015

Contact: Alli McCracken, CODEPINK National Coordinator,Alli@codepink.org860 575 5692

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Co-founder, Medea@codepink.org415-235-6517

On Anniversary of Iraq War, CODEPINK to Conduct “Spring Cleaning of Congress” with Creative Actions in Offices of Senators Sabotaging Talks with Iran, including Sen Tom Cotton

Where: Meet in the Dirksen Senate Building Cafeteria and from there we'll visit offices.

When: Gather in cafeteria at 9:30am, depart for first office at 10:00am. At11:00am we'll visit Senator Tom Cotton's office (Russell Senate Building room B-33).

Washington, DC –– On Thursday, March 19, the peace group CODEPINK will "clean up" offices of Democrats and Republicans who are using dirty tricks to sabotage President Obama's nuclear negotiations with Iran. Activists will tour various offices with cleaning utensils to “scrub away” the fingerprints of military contractors and groups like AIPAC who are gunning for another war. At11:00 am, they will offer an "extreme makeover" to the office of Senator Tom Cotton, whose open letter to the leadership of Iran was an effort to bury the nuclear talks. Activists will redecorate his room accordingly.  

This action is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the war in Iraq that left that nation in shambles and cost Americans over a trillion dollars and thousands of lives. It also comes on the heels of the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was recently in Washington to pressure Congress to tighten sanctions with Iran instead of pursuing negotiations.

“With all the dirty tricks to sabotage nuclear negotiations with Iran, it’s time for a spring cleaning session in Congress,” said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. “We'll dust away the cobwebs of war and wipe up the bloody fingerprints of AIPAC lobbyists and defense contractors!”

CODEPINK's Spring Cleaning is part of a series of events called Spring Rising 2015 from March 18-21, hosted by a coalition of peace groups. Spring Rising includes actions, rallies, and lectures to commemorate the beginning of the Iraq war, speak out against US military intervention in the Middle East, and support nuclear talks with Iran. The full schedule can be found here.

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