CODEPINK Founder Medea Benjamin Disrupts Donald Trump

Contact: Alli McCracken, CODEPINK National Director, 860-575-5692, 
Sam Ritchie, CODEPINK Communications Director, 347-452-0008,

Long-time Activist Stands in Defiance at Republican National Convention to Condemn Rhetoric of Racism and Xenophobia

CLEVELAND, July 20, 2016 – CODEPINK Founder Medea Benjamin stood in defiance of Donald Trump’s xenophobia and racism tonight at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Bearing a banner that read “Build Bridges, Not Walls,” Benjamin called for delegates and the nominee to reject hateful rhetoric that demonizes immigrants, refugees and 1.6 billion members of the Islamic faith.

“Scapegoating immigrants and refugees – some of the most marginalized and powerless members of our society – for the problems we face as a nation is deeply racist,” said Benjamin. “I rose to disrupt Trump’s ‘victory speech’ tonight to make sure that no one, whether in the arena or watching in their living room, could overlook the horrifying racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and misogyny that is at the root of Donald Trump’s ideology. We want to build bridges not walls, and we want peace and love, not hate and war."

Interviews with Medea Benjamin can be arranged through Alli McCracken, CODEPINK National Director, at (860) 575-5692.

CODEPINK, a women-led peace organization, is in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention to call for reduced military spending, immigration policies that welcome refugees and provide amnesty to those who are undocumented, an end to drone warfare, and severed ties with repressive regimes like Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. CODEPINK is asking all presidential candidates to adopt their ten point Peace Platform which calls for foreign and domestic policy based on respect, cooperation, non-violence and diplomacy, not war and hate.

Medea Benjamin is the founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange, and is the author of nine books, including the forthcoming Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection to be released in September by O/R Books.



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  • Richard Koethe
    commented 2016-07-23 09:57:24 -0400
    Sharia Law and the United States Constitution are absolutely NOT compatible. Here are some summary points:

    Under Sharia Law:
    There is no freedom of religion; no freedom of speech; no freedom of thought; no freedom of artistic expression; no freedom of the press; there is NO equality of peoples – a non-Muslim is called a “Kafir” and is NEVER equal to a Muslim; there is no equal protection under Sharia for different classes of people. In fact, Justice is “Dualistic”, with one set of laws for Muslim males and different laws for women and non-Muslims; no equal rights for women; women can be beaten; non-Muslims cannot carry weapons; no democracy, since democracy means that a non-Muslim is equal to a Muslim; Our Constitution is a man-made document of ignorance (called jahiliyah) that must submit ti Sharia; non-Muslims are dhimmis, 3rd class citizens; all governments must be ruled by Sharia Law; Unlike US Common Law, Sharia is not interpretive and cannot be changed; There is no Golden Rule.

    I don’t want to live under a system of Sharia Law. I would have hoped that organizations like Code Pink, with their emphasis on feminist issues would be ALL OVER this but I see to nothing about it from them
  • Habu NakhonPhanom
    commented 2016-07-22 22:12:08 -0400
    What are your thoughts on #ShariaLaw?
    Are sharia law and American law compatible?
  • John Matys
    commented 2016-07-22 12:21:15 -0400
    We are a nation of immigrants. My wife is an immigrant who followed the laws in place and became an American citizen. Let’s be real! Follow the law! Be a nation of “legal” immigrants.
  • Billy Iddiot
    commented 2016-07-22 08:35:24 -0400
    Richard said what I said but said it nicer with a lot more pretty words and stuff.
  • Billy Iddiot
    commented 2016-07-22 08:31:15 -0400
    Professional protestor tilting at windmills. Get a real job doing something to really help people.
  • Richard Koethe
    commented 2016-07-22 08:08:24 -0400
    I served my country as an Army officer for 30 years, consider myself a moderate politically (believe it or not, as a Soldier I abhor war because of the experiences I went through) which your organization isn’t, doesn’t mean your completely wrong, but it certainly doesn’t mean you’re right either. I was privileged work in and with as well as saddened to see the effects of war on societies but can’t totally accept your view of the world. If you are conducting similar tactics with nations such as Cuba, Syria (either before or after their “civil war”) and other totalitarian countries I guess I am missing that. I’ve seen the islamic fascists in action – which is horrible enough – but I’ve also seen how muslim countries in particular treat their women – which I also don’t see you condemning. Am I missing that as well?

    An immigrant’s first action should not be committing a crime by entering this country illegally. I know you don’t accept that but what is equally concerning (make that disturbing) is that its AMERICAN CITIZENS who are paying an inordinate price for their illegal presence. Why should, for example, illegals get entitlements for benefits that exceed those of AMERICAN CITIZENS? Why should we tolerate an increased level of terrorist activity and threat when we can’t even properly screen? Why should we open ourselves up to unlimited obligations with no end game or sight in mind?

    I realize you are an “open border” organization but its simply not acceptable to allow it to happen. Should we do something to help others? Of course, but allowing an unfettered migration into our country isn’t a course of action that should be tolerated.

    Am posing the question, are you going to do similar actions at the Democratic Convention next week? I have a friendly bet with a friend that along with the MSM and their coverage, next week will completely different in deference to Clinton and her coronation and that groups like yours will also act completely different and far more deferential. Am I wrong?

    By the way, if you study Germany in the late 20’s and 1930’s in their rise to power, the tactics of Code Pink, the demonstrators and actions on college campuses against conservative speakers, and the attitudes and language of those I would classify as the Left are incredibly similar to the Brown Shirts and SS. IS this how a democracy (really a Republic based on laws and the exercise of free choice through those laws) is supposed to be?

    Richard Koethe
  • Karen
    commented 2016-07-21 22:58:53 -0400
    Because bridges are a terrible thing to build. Girl power. PINK POWER.