CODEPINK Marks Global BDS Action Day In Style

Posted by CODEPINK Staff

From flash mobs in Netherlands to targeting the Pixies over Twitter, March 30th was the second Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Day of Action, calling for a boycott of Israeli products from illegal settlements, which subsequently drew thousands of protesters worldwide.

Here at CODEPINK, we believe in thinking globally and acting locally. One of our current campaigns is to boycott AHAVA stolen beauty products. While the company is headquarted in Tel-Aviv, AHAVA products actually come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the Occupied Territory of the Palestinian West Bank, and are produced in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem. Hence, along with some of our local groups, supporters of the Stolen Beauty AHAVA Boycott Campaign held protests in Arlington, VA, Washington, D.C, Montreal, Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles.

In Arlington, Virginia, the mud squad came out in force while in Washington, D.C., Medea Benjamin and other local CODEPINK supporters went into Lord & Taylor, asking them to cease and desist on selling AHAVA products because after all, there is nothing beautiful about occupation.

In Seattle,  supporters protested outside Nordstrom Flagship store and in Montreal, they defied the cold to protest outside "The Bay"--both protests calling for a boycott of AHAVA. Why sell stolen goods?


In New York, the actions carried out at Ricky's for stocking AHAVA received coverage from the Indypendent. Like in most other places, activists were clad in pink towels and bathrobes, chanting “Ricky’s, Ricky’s don’t you know? AHAVA has got to go,” and other slogans.

CODEPINK Co-Founder Jodie Evans along with a couple other CODEPINK staff in Los Angeles went into to deliver letters calling for the store to take AHAVA off the shelves and then delivered similar letters to Stanley Gold--the leader of United States zionism who has investments in AHAVA. (Video)

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