Last Saturday CODEPINK joined the powerful Women’s March in Washington DC and around the country in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Austin, Asheville, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Eugene, Seattle, Chicago, and more. Millions of people marched together to show that we will rise, love and resist during this new administration of hate and build bridges, not walls. Rivers of people with peace economy "pussy hats," knitted with love by women all around the country and the world, flowed in unity for transformation.
Yesterday, Trump signed executive orders to begin construction of the border wall, triple the number of ICE officers, and crack down on sanctuary cities. The text of Trump’s impending executive order limiting Muslim entry into the U.S. has been released: It suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days. It indefinitely bans Syrian refugees and places a 30-day ban on all citizens from Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, and Yemen. The U.S. has violently intervened in all of these Muslim majority countries. Senator Chris Murphy tweeted, “We bomb your country, creating a humanitarian nightmare, then lock you inside. That's a horror movie, not a foreign policy.”
Tell them we will not back down or go away! Lady Liberty’s message, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” was not intended to apply to only some, or only white, or only non-Muslims. Banning refugees, even children, from Muslim-majority and Middle Eastern nations, violates the very core of our deepest values and the United States Constitution.
The only way we can STOP this madness is by building local power! Read this fantastic Indivisible Guide written by former Congressional staffers then find or register a local group in your community. We are here to support you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to start or grow your local group.
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U.S. intervention and the U.S. war in Iraq played a major role in the creation Isis and other extremist forces in the Middle East. We continue to sell weapons to the repressive regime of Saudi Arabia. As these U.S. made weapons are used to bomb Yemen, the Yemeni refugee crisis continues to explode. It is no secret that war creates refugees and that war gives rise to extremism. Interventionist U.S. war and economic policies are also the reason for Central American and Mexican forced migration. That is why CODEPINK has always been committed to ending war. We will continue not only to call for the welcoming of refugees and immigrants, but also to work tirelessly towards ending the wars that are the root cause.
In his inaugural address, Trump promised to end the “carnage” allegedly ravaging the country. But he is the one wreaking the carnage with a war on women, healthcare, the environment, immigrants, diplomacy, and more! On Friday, he signed an executive order to roll back the Affordable Care Act. On Monday, he halted federal funds to foreign non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortion services. On Tuesday he signed executive orders to push the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines forward. He is posturing about moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and working with Israel to unravel the Iran Nuclear Deal. Nearly every reference to climate change has been erased from the official White House website. The fact sheet on the Violence Against Women Act has been erased, and the page on civil rights has been replacing by a page titled, "Standing Up for Our Law Enforcement Community."
Let’s show that the power of the people is greater than the people now in power! Use this fantastic Indivisible Guide to Find or register a local group in your community. Contact your representative to support, not ban, refugees!
Wherever Trump and his administration will be creating hatred, rolling back our rights, and closing our borders, we need to be there promoting love, justice, and peace and asserting the world we want to live in — a world where women’s rights are protected, refugees are welcomed, and war is a thing of the past! On Monday when Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson was confirmed as Secretary of State, CODEPINK was there in the Senate to rise, love, resist! We will continue to do this and to always be a voice for peace!
Toward resistance and love,
Ann, Ariel, Farida, Jodie, Mariana, Mark, Medea, Nancy, Paki, Paula, and Samira
Ps. Check out the media coverage of our participation in the Women’s marches across the country and the world