Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson sends out mass email attacking CODEPINK and appealing to Congress not to stop the war in Yemen


Disclaimer: Following press release is a spoof. The letter below it was not written by Marillyn Hewson, but by CODEPINK. It was written in accordance with what we imagine Marillyn Hewson's opinions to be regarding the war in Yemen. We hope you enjoy the humor.



Sept. 26th, 2018

Contact: Ariel Gold | CODEPINK national co-director | ariel@codepink.org | 510-599-5330

              Jodie Evans |CODEPINK co-founder | heartofj@gmail.com | 310-621-5635


Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson sends out mass email attacking CODEPINK and appealing to Congress not to stop the war in Yemen


Marillyn Hewson, the CEO of Lockheed Martin, has sent out a mass email toady attacking the peace organization CODEPINK and asking U.S. citizens not to let Congress curtail weapons sales to Saudi Arabia by voting for new legislation introduced today that would do that. In her email, sent to over 200,000 people, she calls CODEPINK “bad for business” and openly criticizes H. Con. Res. 138, the War Powers Resolution to End US Military Involvement in Yemen.

In her email, Hewson takes pride in the the billions of dollars in weapons sales that Lockheed Martin makes from sales of weapons to the Saudi Arabia for use in their war on Yemen. The U.S.-supported Saudi-led war on Yemen has created the greatest humanitarian crisis on earth.

“Marillyn Hewson puts profits before people” says CODEPINKer Brienne Kordis. “In her email she has the gall to say Congress should not support the Ro Khanna-Adams-Smith bill because it would reduce the billions she makes annually off of the war in Yemen. All Hewson cares about is being in the black, but to anyone with a heart, her billion dollar bottom line is red with blood.” A Lockheed Martin bomb was directly linked to the massacre that killed 44 Yemeni children on a school bus.

The War Powers Resolution, introduced on Wednesday, September 26th by House Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Mark Pocan (WI-02), would end US complicity in war crimes being waged against Yemen by invoking the War Powers Act, which says that Congressional authorization is required for the U.S. To go to war. The U.S. involvement in Yemen was never authorized by Congress, and is therefore unconstitutional.

The cosponsors of the resolution are: Reps Adam Smith (WA-09), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Steny Hoyer (MD-05), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Jim McGovern (MA-02), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Thomas Massie (KY-04), Michael Capuano (MA-07), Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Joe Kennedy (Ma-04), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Walter Jones (NC-03), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Peter DeFazio (OR-04) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-03).


The text of Hewson’s letter is below.


Subject: CODEPINK is bad for business

Let me introduce myself: I am Marillyn, the proud CEO of weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. I am writing because my livelihood of $25 million per year is now at risk. Today, Congressmembers Ro Khanna, Adam Smith, and Mark Pocan introduced a bill in the House; the War Powers Resolution to End U.S. Military Involvement in Yemen. If passed, this would prevent my company from selling weapons to our dear allies, the Saudis. It is not only unfair, but it’s also outright unAmerican!

It is urgent that you protect the Saudi alliance--and my livelihood. DON’T CLICK on this link from CODEPINK to send a message to your Representative in Congress asking them to cosponsor the War Powers Resolution to stop weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

CODEPINK, along with Reps. Ro Khanna, Smith, Pocan, McGovern, and others, says that just because Saudi Arabia dropped a Lockheed bomb on a Yemeni school bus, killing 44 young children, the U.S. should stop arms sales. I say this is ridiculous. Who said war was a picnic? Believe me, I feel sorry for these kids, but I have my own children to worry about — private schools, trust funds, upkeep on our Virginia mansion. You know, the basics.

My friends at Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, and I will be unfairly persecuted by the War Powers Resolution. American jobs and record profits are far more important than the lives of children in far-off Yemen, most of whom are militants who hate us. That’s why I’m appealing to you: DO NOT CLICK on this link from CODEPINK asking Congress to stop weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

CODEPINK says that because I am a woman and a mother, I should care about the lives of women and children in Yemen. But I didn’t become the CEO of the world’s largest weapons company by being a wuss. The world is a dangerous place, and for the sake of my company’s bottom line, we aim to keep it that way.

Keeping our homeland (and my home) secure.

Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin


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  • Donald Ponder
    commented 2018-11-11 04:34:39 -0500
    You had me going, but as the article progressed it seemed more & more far fetched & unreal….& anyone smart enough to head such a large, evil corporation would never speak in such crassly selfish personal terms… I am very leftist, & very much against the crisis in Yemen caused by the Saudis but this article is counterproductive!!!
  • Donald Ponder
    commented 2018-11-11 04:34:38 -0500
    You had me going, but as the article progressed it seemed more & more far fetched & unreal….& anyone smart enough to head such a large, evil corporation would never speak in such crassly selfish personal terms… I am very leftist, & very much against the crisis in Yemen caused by the Saudis but this article is counterproductive!!!
  • John Lappin
    commented 2018-11-11 03:04:24 -0500
    Surely to God this is fake? The underlying massage is no doubt true but I do not believe the cruel woman is that stupid as to publicise her thoughts

    Pat Lappin
  • Steve Lucas
    commented 2018-11-10 19:51:54 -0500
    A real live War Pig.
  • Fernando Arenas
    commented 2018-11-10 19:30:49 -0500
    Her supposed mass mail sounds hard to believe. I hope that woman is not as heartless and shameless as that text shows.
  • MiguelAngel Arrieta Colón
    commented 2018-11-10 18:45:01 -0500
    I can’t, i did’nt read what taught i did.
  • Vinod Bodhankar
    commented 2018-11-10 14:56:56 -0500
    Authenticate the source please… Even for a weapons manufacturer this seems a foolish letter. It reflects the crooked desire to make profits out of war .. but is it REALLY written by the lady it is claimed wrote it?
    It seems manufactured to highlight the pink lines asking to vote against selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.
    I am against any weapons sales from anyone to anyone
    I am also against contrived media content. Not sure if this letter is hers or fabricated. Can someone authenticate with credible veracity and referencing?
  • Neil Harris
    commented 2018-11-10 12:53:12 -0500
    Is this satire? It seems so. Seems overly flippant to me. If this is the case its BAD MOVE for Codepink and this lame attempt at humour should be retracted. I totally oppose weapons sales worldwide and i am a lifelong pacifist but this piece trivialises the issue and gives ammunition to those who support the unholy and evil arms trade. I am sure the CEO of Lockheed Martin is a cold hearted piece of work who loves her kids but does not extend that love anywhere else. Whatever she or their ilk are they need to be stopped.
  • Steve Roth
    commented 2018-11-10 12:48:04 -0500
    now how in the hell can this be true?
  • Gary Camejo
    commented 2018-11-10 03:49:55 -0500
    I am mortified.
  • Joaquim de Freitas
    commented 2018-11-10 03:33:04 -0500
    You and your country are the most terrible murderers of humankind. One day you will pay your that, because we can only hate you and your country.
  • Rick Hambleton
    commented 2018-11-10 02:11:49 -0500
    This what she is basically ‘saying’, but it is clearly made up to draw folks in to support the cause. Dishonest but at the same time a worthy cause.
  • Michele Swensen
    commented 2018-11-10 00:34:38 -0500
    It is not all Yemeni children there. I am an American, and my children are American. Born here, raised here until their POS father kidnapped them to Yemen. Yes, there are American children there too. But does that matter? All children and women and people matter. It just seems so few people think that anymore. They think “Americans” are more important than someone who was born in a different geographical location. Really?
  • Dan Howard
    commented 2018-11-09 22:27:47 -0500
    I am simply mystified by. Is it intended as an Onion-type piece of humor?
    This is so reprehensible—identical to the most cynically misleading right-wing garbage posturing as fact—that I’m afraid you have discredited your entire movement.
    As Mr. Trump (whom I loath) would (correctly, this time) say: Sad!
    Dan Howard, San Diego
  • John Link
    commented 2018-11-09 21:12:27 -0500
    I suspect this story is a complete fabrication.
  • Belal Ahmed
    commented 2018-11-09 18:01:41 -0500
    Greed can’t go any lower than this, how could you knowingly selling weapons to a regime killing thousands of innocent human being. Every dime you make from the sales had blood stain of innocent starving and helpless children’s and adults.
    Ask your soul one more time if you’re doing it right!
  • Gail Rekers
    commented 2018-11-09 15:09:00 -0500
    Send her to prison, Her livelihood? worth more than the lives of innocent people. You are evil.
  • Rafael Pena
    commented 2018-11-09 13:00:17 -0500
  • Rich Nunns
    commented 2018-11-09 12:58:09 -0500
    surely she didn’t write this
    even tho it probs is her true feelings
  • Robert Stewart
    commented 2018-11-08 21:38:05 -0500
    Is this true? It is so outlandish that it is hard to believe. Please let me know.
  • Emily Mateka
    commented 2018-11-06 14:23:01 -0500
    She’s basically saying that if she had any sense of compassion for the children of this planet OTHER than her own children she would be a ‘wuss.’ well I’m proud to be a ‘wuss’ bc I have a fking HEART. obviously this woman was born without one. Pathetic. :(
  • Don Thompson
    commented 2018-11-04 20:48:26 -0500
    greedy bitch
  • Ali Soudani
    commented 2018-11-04 01:35:14 -0500
    Mrs. Hewson should be ashamed of raising up her children on money earned by killing Yemeni children. She should remember how the Vietnam war ended. Helicopters were at the top of US Embassy in Saigon to fend-off people scrambling to leave. US wars in the ME will end by the steadfastness of the Yemeni people. Then Hewson will be without bombs to sell to Saudi Arabia.