November 10-12, 2017
SOA Watch Border Convergence
Join CODEPINK this November in Nogales, Arizona & Mexico, as we stand with SOA Watch in solidarity with the immigrant community! Although some participants choose to stay on the US side of the border, last year there were excellent workshops and actions on both sides of the border (so make sure your passport is current!) SOA Watch is known for their tremendous work of protesting the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia, that trains foreign militaries to torture and abuse their people. With its first annual convergence at the border last year, the organization has included focusing on the militarization of the US - Mexico border, as well as resisting accelerated US intervention in the region. Join us this November for the Second Annual Border Convergence.
CODEPINK is putting together a delegation to participate in the workshops and actions as well as help run a table with educational and promotional materials at the events.
Individuals are responsible for booking their own travel arrangements and housing. Since SOA Watch does an excellent job of organizing this event, please refer to their website for information on housing and transportation. Last year the convergence started with a gathering outside of Tucson at a detention center. We have not heard anything about that being included this year. It’s still quite early, so you need to keep checking their website for additional information. Last year we found that (though Tucson is closer to Nogales), it was less expensive to fly into Phoenix, rent a car there, and drive down to Nogales. Traveling and sharing accommodations with others in your community can make joining the convergence quite affordable.
We sincerely hope that you’ll join us for this amazing opportunity to stand with the immigrant community against violence and militarism. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to [email protected].
November 23 - December 1, 2017
Honduras Human Rights Accompaniment: Observer Delegation
On November 26, 2017 national elections will take place in Honduras. Honduran human rights and grassroots organizations have asked for international accompaniment to defend human rights during the election because of the increased risk for people in communities and organizations in resistance at this time. Our delegation will focus on human rights observation in consultation with the human rights defenders, campesino, indigenous and people’s movements. We also will plan a visit to the US embassy.
Together with other delegations, we will draft a preliminary report and issue a joint statement regarding the election process.
This trip is organized by La Voz de los de Abajo, a grassroots Chicago-based organization working in solidarity with the Honduran movements for 19 years. Learn more about their work on their website! CODEPINK, a cosponsor of the delegation, is anxious to offer this unique opportunity to its members. You can read the extensive report from our 2016 delegation.
For more information or to request an APPLICATION, email [email protected]
October 27-29, 2017
Women's Convention, in Detroit, MI
We partnered with the Women's Convention on Oct. 27-29 in Detroit, MI to offer a strategy session to build a stronger, more cohesive movement. These strategies will help us congregate together — all ethnicities, gender expressions, faiths, races and abilities — and solidify bonds to tackle the long, arduous road ahead in this political climate. Let's work toward collective liberation for everyone! The rise of the woman IS the rise of the nation!
October 29-November 5, 2017
Cuba with Code Pink was an amazing experience in every way. Sincere, heartfelt thanks to each of the staff who planned, organized, and facilitated the itinerary! It was a huge project, expertly implemented, and always warm-hearted and fun. Really impressive. Not only was every event and meeting enlightening but the arc of rich information, art & culture, delicious food, and pure pleasure made me wake up each morning in happy anticipation. In addition, Code Pink attracts the nicest group of participants -- it was a treat and a privilege to share the experience with each of you. I'm looking forward to working with some of you to promote a better relationship with the beautiful Cuban people.
— Ann Stenson
CODEPINK led a fabulous delegation to Cuba. We had great fun learning about this unique island, while resisting Donald Trump’s regressive policies of tightening the embargo!
We visited a rural farm and urban co-ops, listened to some of the island’s best musicians, visited the homes of fantastic artists, toured the medical school that trains students from around the world, met with representatives of the National Assembly, heard from brilliant professors and inspiring students, enjoyed the world famous beaches that Donald Trump didn't want us to visit, received a spectacular tour of Havana, traveled to the countryside, and much more! We explored the history, culture, art and beauty of this beautiful Caribbean island. Our “End the Embargo” Halloween party with our Cuban partners featured fabulous music, mojitos, dancing, and sharing stories about the trip.
The trip was a rare chance to see Cuba through the eyes of some amazing leaders, including:
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK cofounder who wrote three books on Cuba (No Free Lunch: Food and Revolution in Cuba, The Greening of the Revolution and Talking About Revolution), and loves to dance salsa (and sing).
Catherine Murphy, filmmaker and educator, producer of the award-winning documentary film Maestra about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign and professor of Cuban culture and history at the NYU Center for Global Affairs. She has a mind-blowing breadth of knowledge about the Cuban people and culture that she loves to share.
Rodrigo Gonzalez, director of the educational and research center Proximity Cuba, has organized unique people-to-people exchanges in Cuba for 20 years. He is fun loving and creative, and although he runs a very successful tour business, he has never lost his revolutionary fervor!
Cost: $1,375 for double and $1,575 for single*
A few scholarships are available!
* This cost does not include airfare from U.S., visa ($50 to airlines), tips, and other expenses not included in the program
Listen to past trip participants:
"Everything was over the top great. The itinerary was unbelievably full, fascinating and generous. I loved it!" --Lynn Delaney of Oakland, CA
"I honestly cannot think of a thing that could be better. The leadership was amazing and creative... We were always engaged and involved through the whole trip." --Natalie Shiras of Lee, MA
"The CODEPINK trip to Cuba exceeded all my expectations. It was an eye-opener and stimulating in every way. The guides were all so patient, knowledgeable, well spoken, and generous, as were the Cuban people we met and all of your support team." --Anthony Rago of Climax, NY
September, 10-23, 2017
In May 2017, CODEPINK’s Nancy Mancias joined the Christian Peacemaker Teams’ (CPT) small delegation on an educational tour of northern Iraq’s Kurdish region. The delegates met with women, LGBTQ and peace organizations, academics, and villagers affected by oil company Dana Gas and Turkey’s cross-border bombings. The rigorous and enriching tour provided a small glimpse into the lives of internally displaced Iraqis, Yezidis and religious groups in Iraqi Kurdistan. CPT has had a presence in Iraq since October 2002, first in Baghdad and since November 2006 in Iraqi Kurdistan. Cost: $3200 USClick here to apply directly with the Christian Peacemaker Teams For trip information: contact Terra Winston at [email protected]
April 29-May 7
We celebrated May 1, International Workers Day, in a massive rally in Cuba’s most exciting cultural city, Santiago, and then attended an international gathering against foreign military bases in the very city where the US has a military base and a horrible prison on Cuban soil: Guantanamo. We had some very special guests on this trip that made it a particularly unique gathering.
May 5-20, 2017
Iraq Kurdistan trip led by the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT).
- Dates: May 5-20, 2017
- For information about the September 2017 trip to Iraqi Kurdistan visit the CPT website
The Kurds of northern Iraq faced discrimination, terror and death under the regime of Saddam Hussein. After the 1991 Gulf War, they gained a measure of autonomy and safety under U.S. protection. Therefore, as the security situation deteriorated in rest of Iraq following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, thousands of displaced persons fled to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) area in the north, where it seemed safer. However, northern border villages have recently been the site of military attacks by Turkey and Iran.
CPT's delegation was based in Sulaimani, in the KRG. Delegates met with representatives of non-governmental organizations, human rights groups, displaced persons, and government officials. They gained a perspective on the challenges facing people in northern Iraq and the impact of the violence in other areas of Iraq and along the borders of the KRG. The delegation participated in the work of CPT's longer-term project of reporting on human rights abuses and supporting local reconciliation.
CPT has had a presence in Iraq since October 2002, first in Baghdad and since November 2006 in Iraqi Kurdistan.
May 13 - 26, 2017
Travel with CODEPINK to Palestine
CODEPINK led an Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegation to Palestine and Israel to witness the situation on the ground and explore nonviolent efforts happening on the ground to achieve peace with justice. The delegation went to Hebron where CODEPINK’s dear friend Issa Amro is facing 18 charges in Israeli military court for his human rights work.
Inter-Faith Peace Builders has organized 60 delegations to Palestine/Israel since 2001. This delegation was jointly sponsored by CODEPINK and Defense of Children International — Palestine. The custom-designed delegation itinerary focused on incarceration, detention, and political persecution of human rights defenders, as well as all the issues of the occupation.
The trip included 13 days of hotel and home stay accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, local transportation, guides, speaker/event fees, basic tips and gratuities.
Delegation leaders included Huwaida Arraf, Brad Parker, and Mike Daly.
Huwaida Arraf is a Palestinian-American lawyer and long time friend of CODEPINK. In 2001 Huwaida co-founded the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and received her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law with a focus on international human rights and humanitarian
Brad Parker is a staff attorney and international advocacy officer at Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP). Brad specializes in issues of juvenile justice and grave violations against children during armed conflict, and leads DCIP’s legal advocacy on Palestinian children’s rights. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received his J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.
Mike Daly joins the trip in a leadership support role. Mike is Managing Director at IFPB where he has worked since 2004. Before coming to IFPB, he studied in Damascus as a Fulbright Scholar, worked as a public relations consultant with the United Nations Development Program in Ramallah, and completed a year of intensive Arabic at the American University in Cairo. Mike has co-led five IFPB delegations.