CODEPINK Press Release
Contact: Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Co-founder, [email protected]
Alli McCracken, CODEPINK National Coordinator, [email protected]
CODEPINK to Protest Anti-Muslim Hate Speech by Donald Trump Outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC
When: Thursday, December 10, at 3:00pm
Where: Trump International Hotel (Old Post Office), 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
Visuals: Impersonator of Donald Trump
Speakers: Ghada Mukhdad, Syrian refugee living in Texas and active member of the Syrian Civil Coalition, Zarinah Shakir of Islamic Perspectives, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, and Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization of Women, Reverend Graylan Haglar of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, among others
Washington, DC -- The peace group CODEPINK will host a demonstration at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC on Thursday, December 10 at 3:00pm to denounce the GOP presidential candidate’s recent fear-mongering rhetoric against Muslims, especially refugees.
“The spread of Islamophobia by Donald Trump and other American politicians alienates billions of peace-loving Muslims around the world,” said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. “We will be taking our message right to the Trump building in Washington DC: We welcome both refugees and Muslims into this country, and we honor our sisters and brothers in the Muslim-American community.”
“I know the United States of America has a long history of providing refuge to the persecuted, a tradition that reflects American values. I would love to see this protection afforded to all the Syrians who have entered the US since the Syrian Peace Revolution in 2011,” said Ghada Mukdad of the Syrian Civil Coalition. “As a peace activist, I would like to thank President Obama for not taking military intervention against my country. I would rather keep hope alive that in the very near future I’ll be able to return to my home, to the life I left behind three years ago.”
On December 7 Trump made a call to ban all Muslim travel to the U.S., and while this might be his most hateful statement yet, it comes as no surprise from a candidate who has a history of making racist, xenophobic, and misogynist remarks.