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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  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2019-06-02 22:04:49 -0400
    “The first peace, which is the most important,
    is that which comes within the souls of people
    when they realize their relationship,
    their oneness, with the universe and all its powers,
    and when they realize that at the center
    of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit),
    and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
    This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
    The second peace is that which is made between two individuals,
    and the third is that which is made between two nations.
    But above all you should understand that there can never
    be peace between nations until there is known that true peace,
    which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.”

    Black Elk, Oglala Sioux & Spiritual Leader (1863 – 1950)
  • Dan Tadmor
    commented 2019-06-02 13:43:21 -0400
    This is a very worthy operation and I wholeheartedly agree with you choice of goals, targets and ideas. It is quite obvious that any opponents you may have must come from the most opprobrious, predatory, pernicious and plutocratic circles.
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2019-05-17 21:25:35 -0400
    Human Rights and Global Wrongs

    “For 36 days, the protectors had lived in the embassy to shield it from a raid by U.S. authorities working in concert with opponents of Venezuela’s lawfully elected president, Nicolás Maduro.”

    “Article 22 of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR) states, “The premises of the mission shall be inviolable.” U.S. agents are forbidden from entering the embassy without the consent of the Maduro government.”

    “The 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) states in Article 33, “The consular archives and documents shall be inviolable at all times and wherever they may be.” Article 27 provides, “In the event of the severance of consular relations between [the U.S. and Venezuela], the [U.S.] shall … respect and protect the consular premises, together with the property of the consular post and the consular archives.””

    “Article 31 of the VCCR says, “The authorities of the [U.S.] shall not enter that part of the consular premises which is used exclusively for the purpose of the work of the consular post except with the consent of the head of the consular post or of his designee or of the head of the diplomatic mission of [Venezuela].””

    “Article 45 of the VCDR provides that if diplomatic relations are broken off between the U.S. and Venezuela, the U.S. must respect and protect the premises of the mission, including its property and archives. It also provides that Venezuela may entrust the custody of the embassy, including its property, archives and interests, to a third country acceptable to the U.S. There is precedent for a third party taking charge of an embassy. “This has happened in the case of Iran, Cuba and North Korea,” CODEPINK co-founder and embassy protector Medea Benjamin said on Democracy Now!.”

    “Gerry Condon, president of Veterans for Peace, was tackled, bloodied and arrested by Secret Service agents to prevent him from delivering food to the invitees. Today’s raid of the embassy and eviction of the protectors violates two treaties the United States has ratified. When the U.S. ratifies a treaty, its provisions become part of domestic law under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.”

    “While demonstrating outside the embassy this week, retired U.S. Army Reserve Col. Ann Wright told Truthout in an email: “The attempt of the Guaidó faction and the U.S. government to seize the embassy of the government of Venezuela should be of concern to everyone. As a former diplomat,” she said, “I am particularly disturbed by the U.S. government’s recognition of Guaidó, who has undertaken three failed coup attempts and is calling for military intervention in Venezuela. Guaidó and the United States share a dangerous agenda which has little support in Venezuela.””

    Source: Truthout, May 16, 2019
    By Marjorie Cohn
    Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and a member of the advisory board of Veterans for Peace. Her most recent book is Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues.
    https://truthout.org/articles/us-illegally-evicts-protectors-from-venezuelan-embassy/
  • Jan Kleyn
    commented 2019-05-17 13:53:57 -0400
    You mention you support human rights. Then, why do you support Nicolás Maduro? I would like to understand your point about Venezuela.
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2019-05-17 11:50:50 -0400
    War is a Racket- author Smedley D. Butler

    “Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940) was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. Butler later became an outspoken critic of U.S. wars and their consequences”

    “His father was a lawyer, a judge and, for 31 years, a congressman and chair of the House Naval Affairs Committee during the Harding and Coolidge administrations. His maternal grandfather was Smedley Darlington, a Republican congressman from 1887 to 1891.3

    “Butler wrote a book titled War Is a Racket, where he described and criticized the workings of the United States in its foreign actions and wars, such as those he was a part of, including the American corporations and other imperialist motivations behind them.
    He became widely known for his outspoken lectures against war profiteering, U.S. military adventurism, and what he viewed as nascent fascism in the United States.”

    “Butler participated in a series of occupations, “police actions” and interventions by the United States in Central America and the Caribbean, commonly called the Banana Wars because their goal was to protect American commercial interests in the region, particularly those of the United Fruit Co. This company had significant financial stakes in the production of bananas, tobacco, sugar cane and other products throughout the Caribbean, Central America and the northern portions of South America. The U.S. was also trying to advance its own political interests by maintaining its influence in the region and especially its control of the Panama Canal."
    Source:Wikipedia, encyclopedia
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2019-05-16 21:54:05 -0400
    By Staff, Veteransforpeace.org
    March 19, 2019
    | Resist!

    Veterans For Peace (VFP) calls on all members of the U.S. military to refuse illegal orders to intervene in Venezuela. Furthermore, VFP urges all U.S. military leaders to inform the president that they will order their units to stand down from preparations to invade Venezuela.
    President Donald Trump has called on Venezuelan soldiers to disobey orders and join coup perpetrators headed by U.S.-backed opposition leader, Juan Guaidó. If they do not do this, President Trump threatened: “You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything.”

    Veterans For Peace President, Gerry Condon states, “While President Trump speaks of supporting democracy in Venezuela and Latin America, the real purpose of the U.S. assault on the Venezuelan government is to fully open the vast Venezuelan oil reserves to U.S. and other Western oil corporations as well as to destroy progressive governments in Latin America that put their own peoples’ needs above the profits of foreign corporations.”

    Illegal, immoral and irresponsible U.S. actions, including “sanctions” (economic war) have already taken a great toll on the people Venezuela. Nonetheless, the vast majority of Venezuelan people and military are standing firm against foreign intervention.
    There is a very real possibility that President Trump will order U.S. troops to intervene in Venezuela, whether through a direct invasion and occupation, or through support for irregular counter-revolutionary forces. This would likely lead to a widening war that could spread to other Latin American countries and the Caribbean, bringing increasing suffering to the peoples of Latin America and the U.S.

    It is illegal under both U.S. and international law to launch a military attack against another nation unless it is clearly in self-defense, and is approved by the United Nations.

    There are a number of options for GI’s who do not wish to follow illegal orders. Veterans For Peace wants service-members to be fully informed as they make profound choices with possibly serious consequences. We urge GI’s facing possible deployment to contact the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force at (619) 463-2369 and/or help@militarylawhelp.com for referral to a civilian attorney to discuss your options.
    source:
    Popular Resistance
    by Staff, Veteransforpeace.org March 19, 2019
    | Resist!
  • Dennis Ballinger
    commented 2019-05-16 21:18:56 -0400
    to whom ever wrote this
    Dennis —

    neysha sima just commented on What is CODEPINK:

    Venezuela and Iran do not wage Wars around the world. “UNICEF Iraq Representative Roger Wright stated the survey’s findings: “Today millions of children in Iraq are attending schools that lack even basic water and sanitation facilities, have crumbing walls, broken windows and leaky roofs.” The causes include a decade of U.S. sanctions that created neglect and underfunding, and the March 2003 U.S. invasion and bombing of “over 700 primary schools – “a third of those in Baghdad — with more than 200 burned and over 3,000 looted.” Wright reveals a common unreported reality: “‘Iraq used to have one of the finest school systems in the Middle East,’” (“Iraq’s Schools Suffer From Neglect and War,”www.unicef.org)” “In 2015 in Afghanistan, a U.S. warplane bombed a Doctors Without Borders/Sans Frontieres (MSF) trauma hospital, repeatedly hitting “the main central hospital building, housing the intensive care unit, emergency rooms, and physiotherapy ward,” killing “12 staff members and 10 patients, including three children.” The MSF had provided identification of its location to avoid being bombed; and afterwards “condemned the attack as a war crime,” and “demand[ed] a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body.” (“Afghanistan: Kunduz Trauma Center Bombing,”www.doctorswithoutborders, Oct. 7, 2017)” “a bustling market in Syria that was suddenly devastated by U.S. bombs. According to a new Human Rights Watch report, “U.S. military aircraft bombed a crowded marketplace” and “a school housing displaced people.” HRW investigators “visited the sites … and collected the names of at least 84 civilians who died in the bombings, including 30 children.” (‘DOZENS OF CIVILIANS KILLED WHEN U.S. BOMBED A SCHOOL AND A MARKET IN SYRIA,’ By Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept, Sept. 25, 2017)” “One in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, roughly 300,000 individuals, suffer from PTSD or major depression.” And “veterans with PTSD commit acts of domestic violence at rates greater than veterans without PTSD, and at rates greater than the general population.” (“Trauma Faced by Children of Military Families,” By Fianna Sogomonyan and Janice L. Cooper, National Center for Children in Poverty, May 2010) America’s wars are creating insecurity, not security.” “A survey by the Cost of War Project at Brown University, referenced by The Interceptwriter Murtaza Hussain, discloses the total death toll “numbers from the U.S. wars in . . . . Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan . . . while conservatively estimated, are staggering.” Brown’s survey “estimate[s] that at least 480,000 people have been directly killed by direct acts of violence over the course of these conflicts, more than 244,000 of them civilians.” And “the number of indirect deaths – those resulting from disease, displacement, and the loss of critical infrastructure – is believed to be several times higher, running into the millions.” The survey does not include “the conflicts in Libya, Yemen, Somalia or Syria – where the U.S. has conducted major military operations in recent years.” (“America Needs to Reckon with the Death Toll on Post-9/11 Wars,” By Murtaza Hussain,The Intercept, Nov. 19, 2018)” “There are nearly 800 U.S. military bases in some 70 countries around the globe. They are not about protecting Americans, but about turning a profit on producing weaponry and protecting capitalism’s pursuit of world domination. (See“America’s Global Military Bases Actually Undermine National Security. Here’s How,” By David Nine, Foreign Policy in Focus, Originally published in TomDispatch, Sept. 26, 2015)” In Christianity: “In everything, do to others as you would have them due to you: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12) In Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.” (Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a) In Islam: “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.” (The Prophet, Muhammad, Hadith) In Jainism: “One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.” (Mahavira, Sutrakritanga 1.11.33) source: CounterPunch, May 9, 2019 by Rev. William Alberts

    first lets look at iran and not waging war around the world. You must be really ignorant. Iran is a major terror exporter and supports these terrorist so your statament is not only totally wrong but, i believe an outright lie. I am not saying that the US has not done things that were wrong I am saying we did not start this as muslims have been problematic for ever. I like you cherry picking of the koran too because the terrorist surely do want to kill anybody that does not believe the way they do. so if tey take over you will be dead or believe like them. Oh, and the UN. Give me a break. They are a cover for the radical muslims too and have been for years. I suggest you go up to dearbon MI and walk through the streets. I’d like too watch because if you show any behaviour that does not go along with radical muslims you will be stoned. I would watch that because as the saying goes, you sleep in the bed you make. Also the US want to take over the world. Lets look to history for that one as a start. We were in Germany and did we take them over. Let me help you, HELL NO. We have been in a number of places we could have taken over and we did not. If we wanted top take over something you don’t think we could.Most of our wars have been in response to a bad situation.

    Now I am not saying the US is perfect. We are not. But groups like you, who can’t see reality or look at facts, but follow what you feel (now that is a big big mistake) and take the word of the media. You apparently don’t know any thing about nazi history. Lets look at nazi history. The first thing the nazis did was take guns away from law abiding citizens. Something you are trying to do. Now if you want to discuss this I will but cite real studies, not opinion papers. Do you even know what a real study entails? if so please tell me. another thing the nazis did was take over the mass media so the only thing people heard was thier lies. Damn another thing that is happening today. Nazis also indoctrinated thier kids. Now this indoctrination included not allowing anything that went against thier agenda to be spoken. Sound like what the libs/globalist are doing today. And all of this is supported by soros. Oh do you know he was a jew nazi (now ther is an oxymoron) and he has said that was the best time of his life. Nazis also intimidated the citizens, and jews, with thier brown shirts. Oh, again like antics is trying to do. the problem is anti are really a buch of chicken shits and just a few people that don’twant to put up with their, well be nice here, stuff will send them running. Oh same thing like black lives matter (blm) aanother terriorist organization. How many cops have they killed? Cops that were just doing nothing. No there is no stemeic oppression of blacks. But the seems to be an increase of blacks racism showing (and no not all of them as plenty of blacks know this and in fact have left the dem party because of what the dems have done to them. Are you one of them? Look at Chicago, Detroit hell should I offer more examples. No Trump is not a nazi but the dems that are involved in any of the activities just mentioned, or support them are.

    Now Venezuela. We didn’t put sanctions in place till the poor people of that country were so abused by a piece of shit dictator. But you have no idea of time line because if we did put sanctions on Venezuela before the bad treeatment then Obama did that.. so please tell me did obama do that? You don’t even listen to the people that are from Venezuela tell you that. So what I see is alot of idiots that don’t care what is really going on because your not going to change your ron opinion. I think you should go to Venezuela and have a great experience. Again i would love to watch, see the reason above.

    Now again, we in the US have a lot ofroom for improvement. I don’t like war either but if you pick on me i pick back. My dad told me when I was a kid that I had better never walk away from a fight. Let me define fight for you. That is someone physically attacking me. He also said that I had better never start a fight because in both cases I would not like the response from him. I am a little person. i have played some sports that can be a bit violent, especially when i played and lived through it. I have been a cop in a little war zone. I will not get into my educational background nor my work experiences but they have made me a fairly rounded person (ok except fopr spelling, I suck there and i also type badly because I use 2 fingers, made it hard typing research papers in grad school).

    you want to discuss these issues or others I am up for it.

    My name is denny too
    to distinguish lets say

    denny b
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2019-05-16 20:38:04 -0400
    Venezuela and Iran do not wage Wars around the world.

    UNICEF Iraq Representative Roger Wright stated the survey’s findings: “Today millions of children in Iraq are attending schools that lack even basic water and sanitation facilities, have crumbing walls, broken windows and leaky roofs.” The causes include a decade of U.S. sanctions that created neglect and underfunding, and the March 2003 U.S. invasion and bombing of “over 700 primary schools – “a third of those in Baghdad — with more than 200 burned and over 3,000 looted.” Wright reveals a common unreported reality: “‘Iraq used to have one of the finest school systems in the Middle East,’” (“Iraq’s Schools

    Suffer From Neglect and War,”www.unicef.org)"

    “In 2015 in Afghanistan, a U.S. warplane bombed a Doctors Without Borders/Sans Frontieres (MSF) trauma hospital, repeatedly hitting “the main central hospital building, housing the intensive care unit, emergency rooms, and physiotherapy ward,” killing “12 staff members and 10 patients, including three children.” The MSF had provided identification of its location to avoid being bombed; and afterwards “condemned the attack as a war crime,” and “demand[ed] a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body.” (“Afghanistan: Kunduz Trauma Center Bombing,”www.doctorswithoutborders, Oct. 7, 2017)”

    “a bustling market in Syria that was suddenly devastated by U.S. bombs. According to a new Human Rights Watch report, “U.S. military aircraft bombed a crowded marketplace” and “a school housing displaced people.” HRW investigators “visited the sites … and collected the names of at least 84 civilians who died in the bombings, including 30 children.” (‘DOZENS OF CIVILIANS KILLED WHEN U.S. BOMBED A SCHOOL AND A MARKET IN SYRIA,’ By Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept, Sept. 25, 2017)”

    “One in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, roughly 300,000 individuals, suffer from PTSD or major depression.” And “veterans with PTSD commit acts of domestic violence at rates greater than veterans without PTSD, and at rates greater than the general population.” (“Trauma Faced by Children of Military Families,” By Fianna Sogomonyan and Janice L. Cooper, National Center for Children in Poverty, May 2010) America’s wars are creating insecurity, not security.”

    “A survey by the Cost of War Project at Brown University, referenced by The Interceptwriter Murtaza Hussain, discloses the total death toll “numbers from the U.S. wars in . . . . Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan . . . while conservatively estimated, are staggering.” Brown’s survey “estimate[s] that at least 480,000 people have been directly killed by direct acts of violence over the course of these conflicts, more than 244,000 of them civilians.” And “the number of indirect deaths – those resulting from disease, displacement, and the loss of critical infrastructure – is believed to be several times higher, running into the millions.” The survey does not include “the conflicts in Libya, Yemen, Somalia or Syria – where the U.S. has conducted major military operations in recent years.” (“America Needs to Reckon with the Death Toll on Post-9/11 Wars,” By Murtaza Hussain,The Intercept, Nov. 19, 2018)”

    “There are nearly 800 U.S. military bases in some 70 countries around the globe. They are not about protecting Americans, but about turning a profit on producing weaponry and protecting capitalism’s pursuit of world domination. (See“America’s Global Military Bases Actually Undermine National Security. Here’s How,” By David Nine, Foreign Policy in Focus, Originally published in TomDispatch, Sept. 26, 2015)”

    In Christianity: “In everything, do to others as you would have them due to you: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12) In Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.” (Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a) In Islam: “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.” (The Prophet, Muhammad, Hadith) In Jainism: “One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.” (Mahavira, Sutrakritanga 1.11.33)

    source:
    CounterPunch,
    May 9, 2019
    by Rev. William Alberts
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2019-05-09 14:58:06 -0400
    Iran and Venezuela are Peaceful countries, they do not wage Wars around the world.

    UNICEF Iraq Representative Roger Wright stated the survey’s findings: “Today millions of children in Iraq are attending schools that lack even basic water and sanitation facilities, have crumbing walls, broken windows and leaky roofs.” The causes include a decade of U.S. sanctions that created neglect and underfunding, and the March 2003 U.S. invasion and bombing of “over 700 primary schools – “a third of those in Baghdad — with more than 200 burned and over 3,000 looted.” Wright reveals a common unreported reality: “‘Iraq used to have one of the finest school systems in the Middle East,’” (“Iraq’s Schools
    Suffer From Neglect and War,”www.unicef.org)”

    “In 2015 in Afghanistan, a U.S. warplane bombed a Doctors Without Borders/Sans Frontieres (MSF) trauma hospital, repeatedly hitting “the main central hospital building, housing the intensive care unit, emergency rooms, and physiotherapy ward,” killing “12 staff members and 10 patients, including three children.” The MSF had provided identification of its location to avoid being bombed; and afterwards “condemned the attack as a war crime,” and “demand[ed] a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body.” (“Afghanistan: Kunduz Trauma Center Bombing,”www.doctorswithoutborders, Oct. 7, 2017)”

    “a bustling market in Syria that was suddenly devastated by U.S. bombs. According to a new Human Rights Watch report, “U.S. military aircraft bombed a crowded marketplace” and “a school housing displaced people.” HRW investigators “visited the sites … and collected the names of at least 84 civilians who died in the bombings, including 30 children.” (‘DOZENS OF CIVILIANS KILLED WHEN U.S. BOMBED A SCHOOL AND A MARKET IN SYRIA,’ By Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept, Sept. 25, 2017)”

    “One in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, roughly 300,000 individuals, suffer from PTSD or major depression.” And “veterans with PTSD commit acts of domestic violence at rates greater than veterans without PTSD, and at rates greater than the general population.” (“Trauma Faced by Children of Military Families,” By Fianna Sogomonyan and Janice L. Cooper, National Center for Children in Poverty, May 2010) America’s wars are creating insecurity, not security.”

    “A survey by the Cost of War Project at Brown University, referenced by The Interceptwriter Murtaza Hussain, discloses the total death toll “numbers from the U.S. wars in . . . . Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan . . . while conservatively estimated, are staggering.” Brown’s survey “estimate[s] that at least 480,000 people have been directly killed by direct acts of violence over the course of these conflicts, more than 244,000 of them civilians.” And “the number of indirect deaths – those resulting from disease, displacement, and the loss of critical infrastructure – is believed to be several times higher, running into the millions.” The survey does not include “the conflicts in Libya, Yemen, Somalia or Syria – where the U.S. has conducted major military operations in recent years.” (“America Needs to Reckon with the Death Toll on Post-9/11 Wars,” By Murtaza Hussain,The Intercept, Nov. 19, 2018)”

    “There are nearly 800 U.S. military bases in some 70 countries around the globe. They are not about protecting Americans, but about turning a profit on producing weaponry and protecting capitalism’s pursuit of world domination. (See“America’s Global Military Bases Actually Undermine National Security. Here’s How,” By David Nine, Foreign Policy in Focus, Originally published in TomDispatch, Sept. 26, 2015)”

    In Christianity: “In everything, do to others as you would have them due to you: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12) In Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.” (Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a) In Islam: “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.” (The Prophet, Muhammad, Hadith) In Jainism: “One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.” (Mahavira, Sutrakritanga 1.11.33)

    source:
    CounterPunch,
    May 9, 2019
    by Rev. William Alberts
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2019-05-04 17:22:25 -0400
    Code Pink Promotes Peace, Unity, Respect for all
    The U.S. has imposed Sanctions against ordinary people denying them of Food and Medicines. Is it for the love of those people???. Sanctions create shortages of food, medicines, and all necessities needed for everyday living. Sanctions create Refugee crisis, the U.S. imposes Sanctions but does not want Refugees.

    Then Stop the Sanctions\Wars, Coup d’etat, so that ordinary people can live in Peace within their own country. Are people being punished through Sanctions\Wars for a Nicolas Maduro government, they have elected by popular vote? I am disappointed that Canada is taking such a stand, in supporting the U.S. against Venezuela.

    If Politicians and their Advisers who Promote War, had to lead the fight upfront with their families, then there would be NO WARS. U.S. troops are sent able bodied around the world to fight nonsensical wars, returning home disabled, or in body bags.

    It is an insult to people ’s intelligence by telling them warring will bring Democracy\Peace, we are all aware warring is to have control of other countries oil fields, and other resources.

    Just as Politicians and their Advisers value their lives, and their families lives, we the people around the world value the lives of U.S. troops, and the lives of the People of Venezuela, Latin America, and all other Countries. Stop the destruction of planet earth. Let us have PEACE.
    n.s.

    “A disproportionate number of Afro-Colombians and indigenous people are displaced. Although these groups represent less than 20 percent of Colombians, they comprise one third of the displaced population.”

    “According to CODHES, some 2.7 million Colombians have become internally displaced since 1985, including 315,000 in 2000, 342,000 in 2001, and 204,000 during the first six months of 2002. The World Refugee Survey 2002 lists Colombia as the country with the world’s third largest internally displaced population (after Sudan and Angola).”

    “The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that over the past five years, approximately 1.2 million Colombians have emigrated to other countries. Although the largest number have probably settled in Venezuela and other nearby countries, many have migrated to Europe and North America.”

    Stop the Sanctions\Wars in Latin America, let People live in PEACE, within their own countries. American Tax Payers Money will not be Wasted Building Walls. American tax payers money should be invested in their Health Care, Education, Housing.

    Source:
    https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/colombians-flee-war-without-end/

    “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th President of the United States America)

    “How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?” —Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “War settles nothing.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. —Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “During the war years, Eisenhower earned his five stars because he proved to be a diligent, effective leader who could think strategically. After the war, Eisenhower became president of Columbia University and later, the 34th President of the United States. But Eisenhower didn’t achieve his leadership successes because he was particularly charismatic or because he was a brilliant orator with sweeping visions. He was a leader because he was adept at maneuvering within political circles. He preferred to move agendas forward and get things done rather than advance his own ego” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

    source: 10 Facts About Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2019-04-28 23:08:27 -0400
    Why not form small groups and have dialogues with the government and opposition. You can request the help of Code Pink Medea Benjamin who can arrange to have mediators to help resolve the conflict.

    There is always a solution to any conflict, we should not waste energy in just being critical, but instead try to find a solution that would bring Peace among all parties.
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2019-04-28 22:37:54 -0400
    The U.S. has imposed Sanctions against ordinary people denying them of Food and Medicines. Is it for the love of those people???. Sanctions create shortages of food, medicines, and all necessities needed for everyday living. Sanctions create Refugee crisis, the U.S. imposes Sanctions but does not want Refugees.

    Then Stop the Sanctions\Wars, Coup d’etat, so that ordinary people can live in Peace within their own country. Are people being punished through Sanctions\Wars for a Nicolas Maduro government, they have elected by popular vote? I am disappointed that Canada is taking such a stand, in supporting the U.S. against Venezuela.

    If Politicians and their Advisers who Promote War, had to lead the fight upfront with their families, then there would be NO WARS. U.S. troops are sent able bodied around the world to fight nonsensical wars, returning home disabled, or in body bags.

    It is an insult to people ’s intelligence by telling them warring will bring Democracy\Peace, we are all aware warring is to have control of other countries oil fields, and other resources.

    Just as Politicians and their Advisers value their lives, and their families lives, we the people around the world value the lives of U.S. troops, and the lives of the People of Venezuela, Latin America, and all other Countries. Stop the destruction of planet earth. Let us have PEACE.
    n.s.

    “A disproportionate number of Afro-Colombians and indigenous people are displaced. Although these groups represent less than 20 percent of Colombians, they comprise one third of the displaced population.”

    “According to CODHES, some 2.7 million Colombians have become internally displaced since 1985, including 315,000 in 2000, 342,000 in 2001, and 204,000 during the first six months of 2002. The World Refugee Survey 2002 lists Colombia as the country with the world’s third largest internally displaced population (after Sudan and Angola).”

    “The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that over the past five years, approximately 1.2 million Colombians have emigrated to other countries. Although the largest number have probably settled in Venezuela and other nearby countries, many have migrated to Europe and North America.”

    Stop the Sanctions\Wars in Latin America, let People live in PEACE, within their own countries. American Tax Payers Money will not be Wasted Building Walls. American tax payers money should be invested in their Health Care, Education.

    Source:
    https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/colombians-flee-war-without-end/

    “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th President of the United States America)

    “How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?” —Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “War settles nothing.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. —Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “During the war years, Eisenhower earned his five stars because he proved to be a diligent, effective leader who could think strategically. After the war, Eisenhower became president of Columbia University and later, the 34th President of the United States. But Eisenhower didn’t achieve his leadership successes because he was particularly charismatic or because he was a brilliant orator with sweeping visions. He was a leader because he was adept at maneuvering within political circles. He preferred to move agendas forward and get things done rather than advance his own ego” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

    source: 10 Facts About Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Neysha Sima
    commented 2019-04-26 21:53:17 -0400
    “In their pursuit of Maduro’s ouster, the United States and its allies have continued their onslaught against Venezeula’s economy, such as seizing its oil assets on U.S. soil, including Citgo and its more than 5,000 branded service stations. Meanwhile, the Bank of England is refusing to allow Caracas access to its gold deposits.”

    “According to de Zayas, these moves are “violations of fundamental principles of international law” meant to force a change in government by making Venezuelans suffer.”

    “His observations have also been echoed by others including Idriss Jazairy, the United Nation’s current special rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures, who calls the sanctions being employed against Venezuela “a very blunt tool to achieve the proclaimed objective.””

    “U.S. officials aren’t exactly working to dispel this characterization, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo characterizing newly announced sanctions a “tightening of the noose.””
    “For de Zayas, the “aid” promoted by Washington can’t be seen as sincere or legitimate, and won’t be accepted by Venezuelans. “If you are the tormentor today, you can’t become the savior tomorrow,” he says. “It doesn’t make any sense.”
    Source:
    Alfred de Zayas, is an American lawyer, writer, historian, a leading expert in the field of human rights and international law. From 2012 until April 2018, he was the United Nations (UN) Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order (also known as Special Rapporteur), appointed by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. View all posts by alfreddezayas

    https://dezayasalfred.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/former-u-n-official-u-s-goal-is-to-asphyxiate-venezuela/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=e0c47638-0ebe-413f-b107-803e9279fff0
  • Edgar Sánchez
    commented 2019-04-25 16:40:47 -0400
    It is a shame and betrayal… You are not consistent with your statement of nonviolence and principles when you support Dictators, Drug-Dealers and murderers as Maduro and ALL his people… During 20 years, Venezuelans have been kidnapped, threatened and killed. There are no food, medicine, jobs, progress and human rights. They destroyed the richest country in Latin America and you support the communism ideology who has been proved unsuccessful worldwide. Also, you promote hate to USA hiding in an antiwar speech.
    Are you supporting peace and human rights initiatives ??, are you promoting peace and life-affirming programs ?? – No kidding!!! You promote your own benefits and interests! – The circus today with @ArielElyseGold is little sample of how wrong and brainless are your members…
  • Claudio Olivo
    commented 2019-04-20 22:25:20 -0400
    As a Venezuelan, I perceive you as a real insult to the intelligence of those of us who truly believe in Democracy, Freedom, Economic Development, Common Welfare, Social Justice, Political and Economic Justice of a society. You are not in my country, you do not suffer hunger, diseases, infant mortality, the abandonment of the elderly, the ruin of a country rich in natural resources. You are parasites who morbidly observe the misfortune of an oppressed and bled people. You eat three times a day and do not have a monthly salary of $ 4, you do not see your children malnourished and cerebrally incapacitated to attend schools due to lack of food. If you suffered everything that I write here, that is true and is public and notorious, yours pink color would be black in mourning. Dr. Claudio Antonio Olivo Faure.
  • Ellen Taylor
    commented 2019-03-04 23:24:53 -0500
    You forgot “pull off action’s with a sense of humor and compassion.” (That’s what I’ve been doing for the past 15 years.)
  • sammy eppel
    commented 2019-03-04 16:44:49 -0500
    Why do you partner with tyrannical regimes like Iran and Venezuela that enslave and kill their own women and children??
  • Ricardo Trevino
    commented 2019-02-03 16:48:04 -0500
    I fully support Medea Benjamin’s calling for countries not to support a coup in Venezuela.
    That is the best way to do it in front of them so they will know there is America people who don’t support war mongering adventures against other countries who are minding their own business. Hypocrisy and more hypocrisy is what this government is all about. Politicians are up in arms over the Russian “meddling” in U.S. elections but they very politicians, democrats and republicans alike. meddle into other countries’ affairs to the point that they support violent regime change so to install a government of their liking. The American people can not remain indifference about the whole thing otherwise these same neo-cons will continues doing the same thing over and over again. There is no wonder the U.S. government is hated by the people of the world. They don’t understand why the American people let their government run rough shot all over the word. Down with U.S. intervention.
  • Ricardo Trevino
    commented 2019-02-03 16:36:20 -0500
    The Neo-cons are at it again. These are the same neo-con neo-fascist right wings that want regime change because they want the oil for their monopoly oil companies. Their are beholden to the Rockefeller mafia and received orders from them to go after Maduro. They tried in 2002 against Chavez and failed. They will fail again because the Venezuelan people will fight back. There is plenty of democracy in Venezuela to the point that the CIA and the right wing opposition can organized and try to topple the Maduro government. The US. Embassy in Caracas serves as a staging ground for the opposition. If there is a economic crisis in Venezuela it is because of U.S. economic sanctions. Mexico is next because of the new president, Manuel Lopez Obrador, policies to take back the oil something the U.S. will not like at all. For 70 years the Mexican people have lived under terror, under a tyrannical and corrupted government with millions of Mexicans tortured, killed, disappeared, injured in the process of those years. The Mexican government became so utterly corrupted that the Mexican people could not stand it any longer and voted for change in 2018. The U.S. government never complain one word about all of the killing and government corruption because its companies were making big profits on slave labor starvation wages and the oil did not belong to Mexico it belonged to the U.S. oil companies. If the U.S, government and its politicians were really interested In democracy they can start here at home where we have 20 million homeless people sleeping in streets, parks, alleys, and under bridges. Working people can not afford the high cost of housing with their meager incomes. Companies no longer want to pay a living wage and social security retirement pension is peanuts. My wife has worked for the past 25 years as a cake decorator and is now reaching 65 years old. She went to Social Security to find out how much she would get. They told her she would get a monthly income of $ 550 a month. Can you pay a house mortgage, house, medical, life, and car insurance, food, clothing, and other cost with that meager income I asked the agent? He said no he could not. Then why the U.S. government believes we can? The problem is that we have a rogue U. S. government that cares more for the 1% super rich than the people. I say hands off Venezuela!
  • Ricardo Trevino
    commented 2019-02-03 16:32:35 -0500
    The Neo-cons are at it again. These are the same neo-con neo-fascist right wings that want regime change because they want the oil for their monopoly oil companies. Their are beholden to the Rockefeller mafia and received orders from them to go after Maduro. They tried in 2002 against Chavez and failed. They will fail again because the Venezuelan people will fight back. There is plenty of democracy in Venezuela to the point that the CIA and the right wing opposition can organized and try to topple the Maduro government. The US. Embassy in Caracas serves as a staging ground for the opposition. If there is a economic crisis in Venezuela it is because of U.S. economic sanctions. Mexico is next because of the new president, Manuel Lopez Obrador, policies to take back the oil something the U.S. will like at all. For 70 years the Mexican people have lived under terror, under a tyrannical and corrupted government with millions of Mexicans tortured, killed, disappeared, injured in the process of those years. The Mexican government became so utterly corrupted that the Mexican people could not stand it any longer and voted for change in 2018. The U.S. government never complain one word about all of the killing and government corruption because its companies were making big profits on slave labor starvation wages and the oil did not belong to Mexico it belonged to the U.S. oil companies. If the U.S, government and its politicians were really interested In democracy they can start here at home where we have 20 million homeless people sleeping in streets, parks, alleys, and under bridges. Working people can not afford the high cost of housing with their meager incomes. Companies no longer want to pay a living wage and social security retirement pension is peanuts. My wife has worked for the past 25 years as a cake decorator and is now reaching 65 years old. She went to Social Security to find out how much she would get. They told her she would get a monthly income of $ 550 a month. Can you pay a house mortgage, house, medical, life, and car insurance, food, clothing, and other cost with that meager income I asked the agent? He said no he could not. Then why the U.S. government believes we can? The problem is that we have a rogue U. S. government that cares more for the 1% super rich than the people. I say hands off Venezuela!
  • Beverly Stoeltje
    commented 2019-01-19 21:39:43 -0500
    Absolutely wonderful, inspiring, even hopeful that we, whoever we are, can join together in an effort to oppose war and pursue peace.
    Unfortunately, support of the Palestinian people who are being oppressed by THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT – not by the Jewish people – is all too often perceived as anti-Semitism. It IS NOT Anti-Semitism to criticize the Israeli government, any more than it is to criticize the U.S. government or any other country’s government. The Israeli government attacks the Palestinians every day with powerful weapons; the Palestinians were forcibly removed from their homes. It is not Anti-Semitism to believe that the Palestinians have a right to live and to move about freely, to grow their olive trees, and to be able to live a life on their homeland safely.
    Thank you Code Pink for building a movement that believes in peace and justice!
  • Danielle Stryker
    commented 2018-12-18 21:31:12 -0500
    You all should really be more upfront on your anti-Semitic hate mongering. It seems more then misleading to state that you believe in diversity and tolerance when the only thing I have ever heard this group doing is hate mongering and spreading anti-Jewish sentiments for no reason other then your own ignorant intolerance. We know what the code in “code pink” really means, no Jews, no Israel, and no peace until the religion is wiped off the earth. Well I have news for you, the Jewish people are stronger now then ever, and in the face of oppression we only get stronger and more united. The only thing your group has done is further unite the Jewish people and strengthen our bond to OUR country, the Jewish homeland of Israel!
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  • ربحي شكري
    commented 2018-12-12 02:53:10 -0500
    shokran shokran shokran Allah Allah Allah ywafekakom wa yakoth Beaydeyakom waela laltakadom wa tatawor walezdehaar
  • david eberhardt
    commented 2018-10-12 13:22:33 -0400
    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
    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”.