CODEPINK Press Release
September 7, 2015
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Co-founder, [email protected], 415 235 6517
Michaela Anang, CODEPINK DC Coordinator, [email protected], 432 934 5715
Jodie Evans, CODEPINK Co-Founder, [email protected], 310 621 5635
CODEPINK Organizes Week of Action to Support Iran Deal
Washington, DC-- The peace group CODEPINK is organizing a week of actions to support the Iran deal, starting Tuesday, September 8 with a protest of Dick Cheney at the American Enterprise Institute, a press conference in Congress at 11:30am (Capitol Visitor Center, SVC 203-02) and a march at 1pm to Senator Chuck Schumer’s office to protest his opposition the deal (see schedule below).
The press conference speakers will include members of Congress and Sarah Shourd, the journalist and playwright imprisoned for 410 days as a political hostage by the Iranian government.
"I think it's a great deal. Not only does it weaken the hardliner position in Iran and ease tension between our two countries, it could lead to cooperation to combat ISIS,” Shourd said. “I also think that it is good for the Americans that are currently detained there. I think it actually gives the Iranian government less incentive to use hostage taking as a tactic."
Schedule of events:
Tuesday, September 8
8:00 am protest of Dick Cheney outside the American Enterprise Institute (1150 17th St NW)
10:30 am Meet at 1st and Constitution NE for a vigil
11:30 am Press conference in the Capitol Visitor Center (SVC 203-02) on the Senate side. Pro-deal Press conference will include guest speaker will be Sarah Shourd, journalist held hostage in Iran for over 400 days
12:30 pm Meet back at 1st and Constitution NE for photo op with good visuals
1:00 pm Senator Chuck Schumer's office at 322 Hart Senate Office Building
2:00 pm-5 pm Congressional meetings/lobbying
Wednesday, September 9
8 am-1 pm: Vigil on the House side at corner of New Jersey and Independence SE (across from the Longworth House Building)
10 am - 1 pm Attend hearing on Iran at House Foreign Affairs 2172 Rayburn
12:30 pm: March to Ted Cruz/Donald Trump/Sarah Palin/Glen Beck rally (meet at corner of 1st and Independence SW) Capitol South metro; rally starts at 1pm
3pm-5pm Lobbying on house side
8pm "Seal the deal" Light Brigade Action, meet on walkway in front of the visitors center at US Capitol building.
Thursday, September 10
8:00am All day Vigil on the House side at corner of New Jersey and Independence, Southeast (across from the Longworth House Building) and lobbying in the House.
6:30pm DC Vigil for Peace & Diplomacy, Dupont Circle NW