FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEB 28, 2023
MEDIA CONTACT: Melissa Garriga | [email protected]
CODEPINK Disrupts the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party Hearing
“We need committees on justice and peace, not endless war.”
WASHINGTON: On Tuesday, the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party held a hearing titled, “The Chinese Communist Party’s Threat to America.” CODEPINK was there to remind the committee that its formation and the hearing is war hawk fodder.
With a sign that read “China Is Not Our Enemy,” CODEPINK organizer Olivia DiNucci disrupted the hearing with a clear and direct message, “The American people need cooperation, not competition with China.”
After they dragged her out of the hearing, a D.C. resident, who goes by Hector M., continued the disruption by yelling, “This committee is about saber-rattling; it is not about peace. We need cooperation.”
Capitol police arrested both of the disrupters.
The formation of this committee and these hearings only drive hate on Asian Americans. The obscene amount of warmongering devastates the people and the pristine environment of the Asia-Pacific.
“This committee is a terrifying reminder of how congress & those who fund them continue to fear and warmonger their way into more crises and re-enforce anti Asian and Pacific Islander hate here at home. The United States needs collaboration, not competition, with China. Both countries should work together to address our common enemy, the climate crisis. We have 250 military bases surrounding China and devastating the people, communities, water and land of people in the region. We need committees on justice and peace, not endless war,” Olivia DiNucci said.
The US has 250 bases in the Indo-Pacific to encircle China and are building more in places like in the Philippines. These bases are destroying the natural habitat of these islands. In Guam and Hawaii, the people, communities, water and lands are already victims of war.
Our common enemy is the climate crisis. We need cooperation, not competition, to address climate change and the challenges we face together as humanity.