On my way to Beirut

Support the people of Beirut, Lebanon. 

Dear friends,

Thank you for signing the petition urging Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to rescind his decision to sanction prominent Lebanese politicians and figures.

Today I fly to Beirut, Lebanon to bear witness to the devastation on the ground, meet with the local people, provide humanitarian support, and hear their stories. Your support to halt sanctions has inspired CODEPINK and me to connect with the people of Lebanon. We want to let them know that we have not forgotten them. They have asked us to keep telling their stories.

We are indeed living in uncertain times, and I want to take you on this uncertain journey. Check here for daily postings and follow Sarah Himadeh and me on Instagram. Learn how the citizens of Lebanon are rebuilding a new world together.  For a preview of what has been happening check out our conversation with Sarah from Beirut.

After the October Revolution last year, activists reached out to CODEPINK to learn more about cultivating a Local Peace Economy.  They knew their country was broken and wanted to rebuild from civil society, from the people, not the constantly corrupt powers. 

The Beirut explosion ravaged the Lebanese capital. It killed over 200 people, injured thousands, and left more than 300,000 without a home. While the devastation centers around Beirut's seaport, there are now threats of an accelerated food shortage because the country imports roughly 85 percent of its food. This explosion comes at a time when Lebanon is battling an economic collapse, a global pandemic, and a refugee crisis.

You can help the people of Lebanon by giving to the NGOs that are providing disaster relief. It would be great help if you asked your friends to sign the petition to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to rescind sanctions.

Again, thank you for signing the petition, and thank you for your solidarity and love,

Nancy and CODEPINK team


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  • Jef Schultz
    commented 2020-08-29 17:59:10 -0400
    So much sadness. So much heartbreak. Lebanon needs so much love, assistance and strength to begin to deal with all its challenges. Lebanon is not our enemy. We need to reach out, dig deep and open our hearts and wallets to give the Lebanese people a hand. Let’s help the people of Lebanon create a local peace economy to begin to be able to sustain their people and their beautiful country.
  • Jodie Evans
    published this page in Recent Actions 2020-08-26 11:14:54 -0400