Local Coordinator, CODEPINK Portland
CODEPINK Activists & Allies Protest Pres. Obama
at Portland Campaign Event for Michaud
Call To End U.S. Strikes on Syria & Iraq
Portland –– On Thursday, October 30 the peace group CODEPINK and associates will protest President Obama’s bombing of Syria and Iraq at a campaign event for Mike Michaud at the Portland Expo.
Mainers planning to greet the POTUS are strongly opposed to U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq and opposed to sending troops. “Who benefits from our government’s militaristic policies? Arms dealers and military contractors,” said Lisa Savage, an organizer for the Oct. 30 protests. “There is a certain fatigue after more than a decade of the endless war on terror. People say they don’t protest because it won’t make any difference. CODEPINK believes it does make a difference by creating a space for dissent that is already out there.”
In response to the announcement of the U.S. bombing of Syria, members of CODEPINK released the following statements:
"Many Americans have unfortunately been whipped up by the media, Congressional hawks, and now the Obama administration to support this latest round of intervention in Syria and Iraq," said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. "But we are certain that this support is neither deep, strong nor long-term.After 12 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the drone wars, Americans across the political spectrum realize that these interventions have not defeated extremist groups and have only drained our resources from much needed programs at home. They will soon understand the folly of this new round of intervention in complicated civil and regional wars."
“I resigned from the US government 11 years ago,’ said Ret. Colonel Ann Wright. “I resigned over the Bush administration lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The Bush administration got it wrong 11 years ago and I think the Obama administration has it wrong now. There are political avenues that have not been tried.“The Obama administration's fear mongering and its decision to bomb Syria and the media's hysteria for war are dangerous for the United States and will create more people who wish the United States harm.”
“Since 9/11 our violent response has only increased the violence in the world. Instead of a coalition of the willing, Obama announced ... a coalition of the violent and there has never been a vote by Congress approving the bombing. This war on the predominantly Muslim country of Syria being waged is happening at the hands of President Obama, the Nobel Peace Laureate. We must continue to demand political solutions that lead to peace, not more violence,” added Wright.
CODEPINK is a women-led peace and justice group formed during the struggle against President Bush’s wars; it has continued to expose and oppose President Obama’s foreign policies that promote violence and injustice. In recent years CP members have organized against the immoral drone wars, against U.S. support for repressive regimes from Israel to Saudi Arabia to Egypt, and objected to the bloated Pentagon budget.
CODEPINK is working with the broader peace movement at home and abroad to mobilize opposition to recent escalations of U.Ss intervention. CP supports partners in the region, particularly women’s groups, and advocates for policies that promoting life-affirming activities.
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