What is CODEPINK

wisemen_crop.jpgWhat is CODEPINK?

CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs. Join us!

What we do

Founded in fall 2002 as a grassroots effort to prevent the US war on Iraq, we continue to organize for justice for Iraqis and to hold war criminals accountable. We actively oppose the continuing U.S. war in Afghanistan, torture, the detention center at Guantanamo, weaponized and spy drones, the prosecution of whistleblowers, U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and repressive regimes.

How we do it

Rooted in a network of local organizers, online supporters and generous donors, with an emphasis on joy and humor, our tactics include satire, street theatre, creative visuals, civil resistance, and directly challenging powerful decision-makers in government and corporations. And of course, wearing pink!

Why women?

CODEPINK is not exclusively women — we invite non-binary, gender-non-conforming people, and men to join us. We are particularly eager to see mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters, female workers, students, teachers, healers, artists, writers, singers, poets and all outraged women rise up and oppose global militarism.

womennowar2_crop.jpgHow did we get started?

Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Diane Wilson, Starhawk and about 100 other women kicked off CODEPINK on November 17, 2002. We set up for a 4-month all-day vigil in front of the White House during the cold of winter.

The vigil inspired people from all walks of life, and from all over the country, to stand for peace. Many organizations joined us, including Global Exchange, Greenpeace, WILPF, WAND, Public Citizen, NOW, Women for Women International and Neighbors for Peace and Justice. The vigil culminated on March 8, International Women's Day, when we celebrated women as global peacemakers with a week of activities, rallies and a march to encircle the White House in pink.

Over 10,000 people participated, and a group of 25 women, including Alice Walker, Maxine Hong Kingston, Susan Griffin, Starhawk, Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin, were arrested for taking our peaceful protest right up to the White House gate.

CODEPINK thus emerged out of a deep desire by a group of American women to stop the United States from invading Iraq. The name CODEPINK plays on the former Bush Administration's color-coded homeland security alerts — yellow, orange, red — that signaled terrorist threats. While Bush's color-coded alerts were based on fear and were used to justify violence, the CODEPINK alert is a feisty call for people to "wage peace."

Since then CODEPINK has become a worldwide network of women and men committed to working for peace and social justice. We have become famous for confronting the warmongers, whether in the halls and hearing rooms of Congress, the national conventions of both the Republicans and Democrats, George Bush's fundraisers, the publicity tours of Karl Rove, Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and others, and Nancy Pelosi's house.

CODEPINK statement of nonviolence

CODEPINK is grounded in the understanding of the power of love and maintains a commitment to nonviolence in all of our actions. We understand that any violation of this commitment to nonviolence—no matter how small—may seriously damage our movement.

We define nonviolence to include the following elements:

  • We will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person.
  • We will maintain an attitude of openness and respect toward all people we encounter in our actions.
  • We will not destroy any property.
  • We will carry no weapons.
  • We will exercise personal and collective responsibility to ensure all participants adhere to these commitments.

Peace3_crop.jpgPink action principles

  • Nonviolence: We are committed to peaceful means of protest and resolving conflict when executing our actions, in coalition work, and within our internal process and relationships. 
  • Clear Goals: We will define CODEPINK's unique niche in our community (creative protest, cultivating women's voices, etc.) and set attainable goals for local projects that will further CODEPINK's peace mission. 
  • Communication Guidelines:  We write, speak and listen with respect to all.  Disagreements or disappointments are opportunities to practice peaceful and productive communication with each other. We keep our criticisms concise, specific, constructive, and focused on future improvement. We affirm a culture of appreciation, thanking and valuing all our activists and acknowledging donations, co-sponsorships, and other support.
  •  Responsibility and Teamwork:  We work in teams, sharing tasks and responsibilities, and building skills, together. We agree to be responsible for something only when we're 100% sure we are going to do it.
  • Diversity and Tolerance: We embrace feminist principals of cooperation, problem-solving, critical thinking, compassion, analysis and processing.  We will speak up against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ageism, and other forms of oppression and prejudice.  We will work towards a deeper understanding of our own power and privileges, and seek to cultivate a diverse local group with connections to the array of social justice groups in our cities. We highly recommend that every activist read this piece about recognizing privilege, entitled "Unpacking the Invisible Backpack."
  •  Resource Sharing: Our logos, photos, and the downloadable resources on our website are free for local groups to use.  Central staff can help send email alerts for local organizers. Local groups can endorse or cosponsor local events without seeking permission from the central staff. Local groups are autonomous and are encouraged to take on national campaigns.
  • Messaging: We will work to make the messages on our banners, flyers, and public/ social media statements clear and potent. We aim to amplify our work through positive media coverage  -- for example, sending press releases, conducting press calls and liaising at events, providing talking points for participants, media training for local groups, etc.
  • Global Community: CODEPINK's work to end the war in Iraq was shared by 250 local groups in the US and a dozen international groups.  The solidarity between CODEPINK-ers in the US and overseas strengthens our work to end US wars and drone strikes, curtail government surveillance, bring justice to war victims, and reduce militarism worldwide. CODEPINK has taken delegations to Cuba, Iran, Israel-Palestine and other conflict zones to promote global and cultural engagement and awareness. We also participate in the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, international forums on war and peace, and other peace and diplomacy-building events.
  • Long Term Vision: We commit to working for a better world, for the long haul. We want to build what is called a “peace economy”: global community that cultivates a sense of respect for all people, and takes responsibility for the suffering we see in the world. We can begin by strengthening our relationships at home through our interactions and activism.  In the words of CODEPINK Cofounder Medea Benjamin, “Activism is good for our health and spirits—it keeps us engaged, active, upbeat, and passionate. Ending war may take a long time, and we can use that time to inspire ourselves and each other with positive, creative actions that embody the world we want to see!” 

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  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-10-12 13:22:33 -0400 · Flag
    Code Pink and the Plowshares movement are the tips of the non violent spear- Medea’s analysis of the top military-industrial-congressional contractors is spot on. Now is the time to move from dissent to resistance, as we did in the 60’s It’s also time for teach ins. It is time for radical, militant, disruptive, sand-in-gears non violent resistance..
    The trump supporters should prepare their statements for nuremburg obstruction of justice trials- and then, if necessary- reeducation camps (many of them seem obdurate in their foolish beliefs). No trump supporter- or republican, for that mtter- can claim to be a Christian.
    Any writer wishing to diss Code Pink- write me first- dave eberhardt in baltimore- so that I can shoot down your arguments.
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2018-10-12 10:09:22 -0400
    “I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation.

    We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right.

    Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world.

    We do not want riches. We want peace and love."

    - Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota Sioux (1822-1909)
  • Musa Jallow
    commented 2018-10-12 10:04:39 -0400
    Thanks i like your noble world vision for war free world.
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-10-06 10:02:37 -0400 · Flag
    to Ms Loeffler (and other misogynists): from Eve Ensler on Democracy Now:“I know the risk many of you take in coming out to say you believe a woman over a man. It means you might then have to recognize and believe your own experience. If one out of three women in the world have been raped or beaten, it must mean some of you have had this experience. To believe another woman means having to touch into the pain and fear and sorrow and rage of your own experience and that feels unbearable sometimes. I know because it took me years to come out of my own denial and to break with my perpetrator, my father. To speak the truth that risked upending the comfort of my very carefully constructed life. But I can tell you that living a lie is living half a life. It was only after telling my story that I knew happiness and freedom.
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-10-06 09:20:57 -0400
    Loeffler- another gal fr the boonees
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-10-06 08:13:14 -0400
    As I have stated below- remarks against Code Pink (especially by women) show a servile, thoughtless worship of the patriarchy. Mo.ther and homemaker as a job-fine- no need to be defensive about it- showing you yourself have doubts as to your worth. The one poor gal seems to be defined by her hubbie- as if she could not think for herself; pity Kavanaugh’s dour, worried looking wife.
    Supreme Court lost respect w predator thomas- here we go again.
    Code Pink- continue speaking truth to power, regardless of the yapping naysayers= as spiro agnew said (the only good thing he ever coined- not that it was true): “nattering nabobs of negativity”.
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2018-10-05 22:52:13 -0400
    “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
    Mark Twain
    “The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”
    Mark Twain
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2018-10-05 22:48:44 -0400
    “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
    Mark Twain
    “The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”
    Mark Twain
  • Linda Gatewood
    commented 2018-10-05 22:21:02 -0400
    You do not not reflect women. Just saw a foolish rep (Madea) of your organization on a program this evening. Fail! This organization is a tool of hate.
  • Kim Loeffler
    commented 2018-10-05 22:20:54 -0400 · Flag
    I would never join a feminazi group like this. You all are just making it hard for true women of this country that want to stand behind their husbands and support their rights as head of households. I have had the most important job in my life as a wife and mother. That is the most important job any woman could have. I have loved being treated as a woman by my husband. He has always put me and our sons first in his life. Watching you on television shouting in the faces of those who do not share your ideas was disrespectful. It appears that you have no respect for yourselves or you would not act this way. My husband has always supported my views on subjects and stands behind me in my feelings that you are all crazy and need to start taking care of your families instead of trying to ruin other families like you have been doing in Washington D.C.
  • Ingrid Kepler-May
    commented 2018-10-01 20:41:45 -0400 · Flag
    I consider CodePink, which I joined in the beginning, the most important organization for peace in existence at this time in the US since it is no 2 minutes to midnight in the nuclear arms race… Medea is so right: “we need to inspire ourselves and each other with positive, creative actions that embody the world we want to see!”
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-10-01 19:44:52 -0400
    du fresne and bianconi comments seem ill thought out and snarky- as if writersare not too thoughtful- it takes thought to arrive at the great Code Pink solutions
    persons defending kavanaugh- after seeing what the women say?
    the earth is flat- they are these kind of believers
    or they just hate women (and there are some women like this)
  • Andy DuFresne
    commented 2018-10-01 00:45:29 -0400
    You invite “non-binary, gender-non-conforming people … and MEN” to join you?
    Great! I’ll see if I can get permission from my wife to borrow my testicles from her purse.
    Do I get to wear a vagina suit?
  • Sharon Bianconi
    commented 2018-09-30 21:15:36 -0400 · Flag
    Do you really want to get rid of our Military? If you do, you will never be safe. There will Never be peace in this world as long as we keep GOD out of everything. And you attacking people and hollering in their faces when they are out eating just shows how radical you are. Everything free means SOCIALISM, which turns to COMMUNISM. Do you really know what you want? I do not believe that you are to the point that you do not like the freedom you have now. In your conceived world you won’t have any freedom. And WHO is going to pay for all this free stuff? If you say the Government, where will the Government get the money? You have been very misled.
  • Abdulmajid Fadhil Jahadhmy
    commented 2018-09-25 12:15:08 -0400
    You pay tax for government to listen to you. The government just doesnt need the tax money, we need the government to own all banks and utilize fractional reserve banking to the benefit of everyone in the country and no to interest when loan out the money i.e. Free health care, Free Education, Free Water supply, Free Electricity, You pay tax for government to listen to you. The government just doesnt need the tax money, we need the government to own all banks and utilize fractional reserve banking to the benefit of everyone in the country and no to interest i.e. Free health care, Free Education, Free Water supply, Free Electricity, freedom of Religion. The current fiscal system allows fractional reserve banking/lending but due to private banks the benefit is directed to few i.e. Private Bank Owner. The natural resources the government will derive the funds and distribute to the everyone via bank account of every citizen.
    Example:
    Current system: if i deposit $50million to a private bank, the bank is allowed by the fractional reserve banking to keep only 10% and loan out or invest the other 90% of it. i.e. the bank will reserve only $5million of that money i deposited and use the other $45million to buy/start a business or loan out to individual, when its my money. So what i am saying if all banks are state own the $45million could be used to fund healthcare so that my fellow citizens may experience free health care and more, Feedom of Religion. The current fiscal system allows fractional reserve banking/lending but due to private banks the benefit is directed to few i.e. Private Bank Owner. The natural resources the government will derive the funds and distribute to the everyone via bank account of every citizen.
    Example:
    Current system: if i deposit $50million to a private bank, the bank is allowed by the fractional reserve banking to keep only 10% and loan out or invest the other 90% of it. i.e. the bank will reserve only $5million of that money i deposited and use the other $45million to buy/start a business or loan out to individual, when its my money. So what i am saying if all banks are state own the $45million could be used to fund healthcare so that my fellow citizens may experience free health care and more.
  • Linda Hines
    commented 2018-09-07 19:29:55 -0400
    Actually, the Word tells us to always obey the laws of the land. Additionally, the Word tells us it makes sense and it’s moral to first take care of our own families, THEN reach out and minister to those in need. The Kavanaughs volunteer through their church and minister to the homeless: they’ve been doing that for years. I have taken in orphans (2 of whom were immigrants) as well as pregnant moms…how many have YOU taken into YOUR HOME?

    Yeah, that’s what I thought. Therefore, this conversation is over.
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-09-07 08:42:29 -0400 · Flag
    Does our Lord tell us not to separate families at borders? CODE PINK actually follows the message of Jesus with action- they protest the pharisees and romans – the kavanaughs, the trumps- and thank you CODE PINK for showing what true Christians do- not that you are Christians. Me I like zen and sufi. Too much evil perpetrated by the institutional church- not enough goodness.
  • Linda Hines
    commented 2018-09-06 23:39:45 -0400 · Flag
    “You have better things to do”…yet, here you are! First of all, so that more folks can understand your musings, why not turn on spellcheck? It won’t improve your grammar, unfortunately, but it will catch the third-grade level words you keep misspelling. I’m happy you have an interest in the Bible! First of all, John 3:16 tells us that God sent Jesus to save ALL of us, including you, Mr. Eberhardt. The Bible also tells us in Jerimiah 1:5 that God formed us in the womb and knew us even before we were born, and in Exodous 20:13, He tells us not to murder (this includes abortion). I have now delivered the Good News to you, Dave, and according to Matthew 10:14, my evangelism with you is over. Grace and peace to you.
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-09-06 16:27:56 -0400 · Flag
    i’ have better things to do than last wording it w ms hines- i’ll put her in my forgiveness basket- but i cannot resist telling her and her ilk “Mene men tekel upharsin” (it’s in the Bible)
  • Linda Hines
    commented 2018-09-06 14:45:45 -0400
    Mr. Eberhardt:
    Holy cow! I’m not sure what point you’re even attempting to make, because I’m finding it impossible to slog through your horrible grammar and your horrendous spelling. It’s obvious that you’re dedicating a substantial portion of your time, like many of your like-minded liberal acquaintances, to participating in the world’s longest sustained group hissyfit. Good for you! Because all it’s doing is driving millions MORE voters to vote Republican! What was once a party of rich white people is now a very inclusionary group. As a matter of fact, the city that voted most heavily for Trump, Abilene, Texas, just elected their first black mayor, which shatters the Left’s notion that Trump supporters are a bunch of racists. But go ahead: keep wearing those pussy hats and marching around virtue signaling and thinking you’re actually doing something: we Conservatives in the meantime, actually ARE making America great: unemployment is at an all-time low, manufacturing is up, stocks are up, ISIS is practically non-existent…but you just keep “resisting”. 😂
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-09-05 13:02:59 -0400
    if you are trump supporters- you have a long path of education to go- o yes- i can be judgemental (like we all are)- I follow Jesus and as a Dorothy Day leftist and 33 yr social worker at the Balto City Jail- find it very hypocritical for persons counseling to be trumpists (trumpeters?) – trump supporters are, on the face of it, unchristian (see separation policy)
    go back to school/get some counselling for yrselves
  • Linda Hines
    commented 2018-09-05 12:14:56 -0400 · Flag
    Mr. Eberhardt….”How far did you go in school?” Are you kidding me? The level of smug condescension never ceases to amaze (and amuse) me. I owe you absolutely nothing in the form of a CV or anything else for that matter, but if you want to play the educational version of, “who has the bigger…”, let’s go! I have a B.A. in Communications, and a M.A. in Addictions Counseling. I’m currently working on my hours in order to obtain my license as a professional counselor. My husband, also a Trump supporter, has been a physician (internist) for 35 years. He also holds a law degree as well as a Master’s in English. I think you had better stop asking questions…every time you pose one, it’s not ending very well for you. 😉
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-09-05 11:55:16 -0400
    ms hines- fine good for you- you have not responded to the other issues- war, global warming, poverty- on all of which issues trump fails miserably (yet there are people dumb enough to support him) (the rest of us could see what he was just watching him insult other candidates- not you?) how far did you go in school? all you have to do is read the books by wolf, manigault newman and now woodward- have you?
    but you will remain obstinate as many rocks do- as the donald says- sad
  • Linda Hines
    commented 2018-09-05 11:35:37 -0400 · Flag
    David Eberhardt, I will be glad to answer your question/insinuation: only reason I didn’t mention this info before you asked is that people of your ilk usually will accuse me of boasting if I do…I believe in walking my talk: I have adopted 3 children as a matter of fact. All of them are transracial, and all of them are special needs. One of them I adopted as a newborn, but the other two were adopted as children. Career-wise, I am an addictions counselor, doing what I can to help people that want help with addictions to drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, etc. Your next question?
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-09-05 09:42:02 -0400 · Flag
    Let’s all enjoy free range, disruptive, sand in gears, non violent, activist, heritage, militant, in your face, civilly disobedient resistance. Imagine yrself living as a hitler arises- what would you do. We are there.
    CODE PINK is on the cutting edge and may I say, those posting against Code Pink here- I hate to wish it upon you but I think some sorrow in yr life awaits. Probably already there?
    Let’s have an incisive insult contest for magas….o- some one says- that just hardens them in their irrationality. Possibly true- they do not seem to b thought ful- but venting makes us feel good some times- we are human!
    dave in baltimore
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-09-05 09:30:52 -0400
    re hines rant: if you’re Christian I assume you follow Jesus to oppose war and support the Plowshares movement- as a conservative you’re a green who wants to conserve the earth, and being pro life you work against poverty and are for condoms and sex education and would probably adopt some one’s unwanted baby saved from abortion.
    The mobs we see at trump rallies are actually just like those at the crucifixion- uneducated and deplorable- screaming to lock a woman up..
    ’Yr post fits right in.
    signed- dave in baltimore- Dorothy Dat leftist (pro people and pro earth)
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-09-05 09:26:06 -0400
    6/20- To see K Nielsen eating in a Mexican restaurant disrupted by cries of “shame, shame” from, onlookers. She had to leave. Now that’s heart warming- these creeps- I know they live in protected bubbles- walking around without confrontation- let’s have more- they must be shamed. Print their d c addresses- they are not normal- they are monsters who walk among us- let’s throw sand in their gears.
    Imagine having a wayne la pierre for a neighbor- or a jeff sessions.
  • Linda Hines
    commented 2018-09-04 22:27:13 -0400 · Flag
    Congratulations….
    You demonstrate daily that you are mentally disturbed. You just can’t get it through your pussyhat-clad heads that YOUR SIDE LOST, and since 11/10/16 you’ve pitched a kindergarten-style hissyfit. You scream and yell like petulant spoiled children, preaching “tolerance”, yet showing the very opposite as soon as a camera is pointed on you. You drone on endlessly about how much you care about children, yet you scream nasty comment after nasty comment in front of Brent Kavanaugh’s children. But joke’s on you all: as you march around in high school drama department caliber Handmaid’s Tale outfits, America sees your pearl-clutching histrionics, and more and more of them make mental notes to vote Republican. So keep it up, losers: we who voted Trump keep winning and winning. Signed, a pro-life, Christian, Trump-supporting free-thinking strong WOMAN! MAGA!!!!
  • Pat Giroux
    commented 2018-06-19 23:41:23 -0400
    We need a march on Washington against the separation of immigrant children from their families!!!!!
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-04-16 07:00:35 -0400 · Flag
    to Pat Akers- if it’s the sessions event yr talking about: confirming a racist defender of a totalitarian monster is disruptive- the fact that a few protesters are right and 50 boneheads are wrong? same ole same ole.
    It would have been self centered to you to protest a hitler-of which trump and gang remind.
    You are the self centered one.
    50 people in a room working to undermine democracy is not kosher.