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Tired of sitting at your computer reading depressing news? Ready for some activism that gets you out into the real world and revives your spirit? So are we! We plan activist trips throughout the year to deliver our message at home and overseas. Join us!

Events in North America

 

Converge on the U.S./Mexico Border Oct. 7-10 2016

From the SOA to the Border 

This October 7-10 join CODEPINK in Nogales, Arizona for a bi-national convergence that has brought thousands together at the U.S./Mexico border since the 1980s to demand a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy.

Ann Wright, Medea Benjamin, Tighe Barry, Mariana Mendoza Castillo, Nancy Mancias, Leslie Harris, Danna Miller Pyke, Martha Hubert, Josie Lenwell, Barbara Briggs-Letson and other amazing CODEPINK activists will gather in Nogales and we hope to see YOU!

Check out SOA Watch's website for information about lodging and travel! Please make your travel arrangements as soon as possible; accommodations are filling up fast.

With no end in sight to criminal gang violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle or the conflict in Syria and Iraq, spontaneous flows of child and family migration to U.S. and European borders show no signs of letting up. As violence continues, and millions of children and families are disenfranchised, displaced and abused, the vast majority of them are looking for a new peaceful home in the United States and Europe. In both regions, smuggling networks continue to operate and adapt to new policy changes.

Join Col. Ann Wright, CODEPINK and Nancy Mancias for a discussion and workshop on European and U.S. migration parallels and western foreign policy on refugees. Hear from volunteers who worked in the refugee camps in Greece. Learn to take action to end war and violence, and hear about CODEPINK’s "knitting for refugees" project. 

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The patterns of violence and forced migration established during the dirty wars of the 20th century have continued unabated as a direct result of U.S. economic and security policies in Mesoamerica and the U.S.-led Drug War. How do we respond to this current reality in the same way we responded to the violence in the 1980’s? Where should our energies lie?

The border mobilization in Nogales is one more way to fight for the closure of the School of the Americas, and to work towards a world that is free of suffering and violence. We cannot forget that many of our immigrant brothers and sisters are survivors of U.S.-sponsored atrocities in Latin America. In calling attention to the militarization of the border, we continue to demand an end to state-sponsored terrorism and violence against our communities on both sides of the border. 

At a time when refugees who are fleeing U.S.-sponsored violence are being branded as criminals, rapists and terrorists, and as anti-immigrant rhetoric continues to poison the public discourse in this election year, it is important for people of conscience to take a stand and to offer a different narrative.

As politicians build walls, we must build bridges.

We need to build grassroots power to challenge the racist status quo and we need to take action. 

 

No Drones Retreat: Creech AFB

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SHUT DOWN CREECH Action, Spring 2016 - Photo by Sharat Lin

CODEPINK Drone Resistance Week at Creech AFB

Sat. Nov. 6 to Sun. Nov. 12

On Sept. 27 a US Drone Strike killed 15 Afghans and wounded 13 - 27 others, according to varied reports.  US military officials initially claimed all were militants.  But most other sources are reporting they were all civilian men, killed while sleeping in their beds, and gathered at the home of a health official to welcome his return from the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.  The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported the victims were  "students, a teacher, and members of families considered to be pro-government." There was almost no mainstream U.S. media coverage of this horrific war crime...but the usual U.S. response was: “We take every possible measure to avoid civilian casualties in these operations, and will continue to work with Afghan authorities to determine if there is cause for additional investigation.”   .....NOT! How many other brutal drone strikes occur in which we receive no news? In one air strike alone, 160 Somalians were killed by the US in March of this year. Will you join CODEPINK in opposing US terror from the blue skies on the world's poorest? Creech AFB is the central control center for US Drone Killing in the world, where the USAF murders for the CIA. Our presence does make a difference.  With daily vigils during rush hour commutes, our creative messages for peace & justice reaches souls.  The military reported that there is a high turnover in drone pilots at Creech AFB, limiting them from flying as many killer missions as they would like.  Help us continue to have a positive effect.


Why go to Creech?  

Watch Russia Today Drone Documentary: Game of Drones:    New type of war crime that's going unpunished (27.5 Min., Includes CODEPINK at Creech, Fall 2015)

 Everyone is invited to join CODEPINK's Fall Nonviolent Action to Stop Drones and Endless Warfare.  We will be staying at the beautiful Goddess Temple grounds to sleep, eat and rejuvenate between daily early am and pm vigils.  Nonviolent direct action will be planned, support people needed too!

Daily excursions between vigils to connect each other, with mother nature, and to rejuvenate and strategize for peace.....walks in the desert, hot springs soaks, wild horses visit, and more. While doing very critical and necessary peace work, it's also a great opportunity to bond with fellow peace activists and support each other in our work. We will share meals and chore responsibilities.  Women will be staying in the Goddess Temple guest house, men will be camping somewhere on the Goddess Temple grounds.  Outdoor shower available for men. The guest house has very limited beds, so early registration is highly recommended to guarantee a bed for you. 


REGISTRATION: Please contact Toby:  ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net
Deadline to register:  October 29, so that we can coordinate work groups for meal planning and prep, etc.

Participants will each share in one day of meal preps.  Meals will be primarily vegan/vegetarian.

Please let us know asap if you plan to come, and if you have food allergies or other special needs.

Van rental:  We have funds to pay for a van from the Bay Area. (Please reserve by Oct. 15).

BED RESERVATIONS:  Please contact Maggie,  maggiehuntington32@yahoo.com

TRANSPORTATION:  Please contact Eleanor,  dreleanorlevine@yahoo.com
for coordinating RIDE SHARING and Airport Pick-up and drop off from Las Vegas. Please let her know, asap if you can offer a ride, or need one....airport pick-up may require a 2-3 hour wait, depending).

BEST TIME FOR FLIGHTS:   
Optimal Arrival Times:  9:00am - 7pm
Optimal Departure Times:  10:30- 7pm
BEST to schedule flights between vigil times, 9am to 2am, or travel on the weekend. Please avoid early am or late pm flights.  We also understand that there may be personal reasons these times can't work, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
IMPORTANT:  If you are planning to come, please make sure you arrange for an absentee ballot... the election will take place on Nov. 8th.  

Please notify us if you have any great ideas for our upcoming NO DRONES WEEK & RETREAT at Creech! SHUT DOWN CREECH NOW!

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