- Contact: Alli McCracken, CODEPINK National Director, 860-575-5692, [email protected]
- Sam Ritchie, CODEPINK Communications Director, 347-452-0008, [email protected]
Activists are Part of Growing Movement to Reject Saudi Weapons Deal, Protect Yemeni Civilians
WASHINGTON, September 6, 2016 – This Wednesday, CODEPINK will rally in solidarity with the people of Yemen and tell the world, "No more US arms sales to Saudi Arabia!" Activists will gather in front of the Senate to protest continued US support for war crimes against the Yemeni people and to urge Congress to block the impending $1.15 billion weapons sale to the repressive Saudi monarchy.
“Congress MUST act to stop this misguided and destructive sale of additional weapons to Saudi Arabia,” said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and author of the recently released Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection. “The United Nations and a wide range of human rights organizations have said that the Saudis are committing apparent war crimes against civilians in Yemen. Sixty-four members of Congress have asked the White House to slow this deal so that they can have sufficient time to review it. Clearly Congress is concerned about enabling Saudi atrocities and should act to ensure that U.S. weapons play no part in the continuing destruction of Yemen.”
The rally will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm outside the Hart Senate Office Building on Constitution Avenue. Activists will be dressed in all black with red paint on their hands to symbolize the blood on the hands of the US government. For more information or to set up interviews with the activists, contact CODEPINK National Director Alli McCracken at [email protected] or 860-575-5692.