Event Will Spotlight Demilitarization and An End to War and Police Brutality
CODEPINK to Host Mother’s Day Peace Festival Outside White House on May 7 from 2-8pm: Event Will Spotlight Demilitarization and An End to War and Police Brutality
(WASHINGTON – May 3, 2016) CODEPINK, the American Palestinian Women's Association, the Institute for Policy Studies, MADRE, the Washington Peace Center, National Action Against Police Brutality and Murder and many others (see full list at our website) will host a Mother’s Day Peace Festival this Saturday, May 7 from 2-8pm. The event will bring grassroots groups together to reject killing and violence across the world and to lift up voices of mothers struggling for peace and justice. Activists will gather to say NO! to bloated military spending, war, racism, xenophobia, militarization of the police, mass incarceration and killing of black youth across the US.
The Peace Festival will feature speakers from sponsoring organizations, mothers of victims of violence at home and abroad, and women who have felt the impacts of violence and discrimination themselves. The event will end with a peace vigil honoring mothers who have lost children at the hands of the police.
"As mothers, for both our own children and the children of mothers around the world, it is imperative that we stand up and demand an end to violence and war," said Jodie Evans, CODEPINK co-founder. "Whether it's violence on foreign soils or at the hands of militarized police forces here in the U.S., we mothers must continue to stand up and say 'ENOUGH!' Enough killing, enough violence, enough war. Only through peace and justice will the dreams all mothers have for their children be realized."
What: 2016 Mother’s Day Peace Festival and Vigil
Who (Speakers) :
Danette Chavis, National Action Against Police Brutality and Murder
Shelley Fudge, Jewish Voice for Peace
Marion Gray-Hopkins, Coalition Of Concerned Mothers
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, No Fear Coalition
Katrina Abarcar, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Phillippines
(and more — see full speakers list here)
When: May 7, 2:00- 8:00 PM
Where: Lafayette Square, 16th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006
The summit organizers and featured speakers are available for interviews before the event. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Alli McCracken at (860) 575-5692 or email [email protected].