US State Department: Protect US Citizens and End US Aid to Egypt!
Sign this petition to the State Department. Demand to know why they did not assist a peaceful US citizen who was being abused by the Egyptian authorities, and let them know you want an immediate end to US aid to Egypt!
Egypt: Open the Rafah Border to Gaza and Stop Attacking Peaceful Protesters!
Send a message to the Egyptian Ambassador to the US demanding the peace delegation be allowed to crossin Gaza, the Rafah border be opened, justice for detained and abused peaceful protesters in Egypt, and an apology issued to Medea Benjamin!
Contact AIPAC, tell them you want peace!
This weekend the powerful Israel lobby AIPAC is meeting in Washington DC to reaffirm its pro-occupation, pro-war-with Iran agenda. Please take a minute to drop AIPAC officials a message, and tell them you want a US policy toward the Middle East that focuses on diplomacy and human rights for everyone!
Pakistan: Free Kareem Khan, Kidnapped Drone Strike Victim!
In 2009 Kareem Khan was devastated by the loss of his son and brother in a US drone strike. He has since sued the Pakistani government for its failure to investigate the deadly strike. Just days before he was scheduled to travel to Europe to give evidence to parliamentarians, he was kidnapped from his home by 15-20 men in Pakistani police uniforms and plain clothes.
The men did not disclose their identities or the reason he was taken away. Mr. Khan’s wife, young children, and neighbor were present at the time. Despite numerous inquiries to the Pakistani police, Mr. Khan’s family has yet to be able to locate Mr. Khan or discover why he was detained.
Sign this petition to demand that the Pakistani government release Kareem Khan immediately! We will deliver the petition to the Pakistani embassy in DC!
Tell Scarlett Johansson to Drop SodaStream!
Scarlett Johansson, a movie star and Oxfam Goodwil Ambassador, is the new Global Brand Ambassador for occupation profiteer SodaStream. Although SodaStream products are labeled as "Made in Israel," its main production facility is in the industrial zone of Mishor Edomin, an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank. As a result, SodaStream enjoys cheap land and water, confiscated from the indigenous Palestinian owners; a captive Palestinian labor force; tax benefits; and lax regulation of environmental and labor protection laws.
We have joined other human rights groups in contacting Oxfam, asking them to pressure Johansson to drop SodaStream, and, if she doesn’t, requesting that Oxfam suspend Johansson. We expect to hear from Oxfam within days, and we are hoping that they do the right thing.
Take action today by sending the letter below to Scarlett Johansson through her representatives. Occupation isn’t green or guilt free, and she should not let SodaStream use her good name to market illegal settlement goods. (Graphic by Stephanie Westbrook)
Egyptian Government: Let the Delegation into Gaza!
Women in Gaza have called upon women of the world to travel to Gaza for International Women's Day on March 8th 2014. We will be answering their call by bringing a delegation of women to Gaza on March 8th. However, we will need to permission of the Egyptian government to allow us into Gaza. Sign the petition to ask the Egyptian government to allow our delegation into Gaza.
Urge Senator Udall to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Udall has not stated his position on this bill, urge him to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator Reid to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Reid has not stated his position on this bill, urge him to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator Paul to Oppose Iran Sanctions
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Paul has not stated his position on this bill, urge him to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator Heitkamp to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Heitkamp has not stated her position on this bill, urge her to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator Flake to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Flake has not stated his position on this bill, urge him to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator Murray to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Murray has not stated her position on this bill, urge her to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator Baldwin to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Baldwin has not stated her position on this bill, urge her to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator McCaskill to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator McCaskill has not stated her position on this bill, urge her to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator Brown to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Brown has not stated his position on this bill, urge him to publicly oppose it!
Urge Minnesota Senators to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senators Franken and Klobuchar have not stated their positions on this bill, urge them to publicly oppose it!
Urge Rhode Island Senators to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senators Reed and Whitehouse have not stated their positions on this bill, urge them to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator Udall to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Udall has not stated his position on this bill, urge him to publicly oppose it!
Urge Montana Senators to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senators Tester and Baucus have not stated their positions on this bill, urge them to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator Stabenow to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Stabenow has not stated her position on this bill, urge her to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator Shaheen to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Shaheen has not stated her position on this bill, urge her to publicly oppose it!
Urge Senator Sanders to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senator Sanders has not stated his position on this bill, urge him to publicly oppose it!
Urge Hawaii Senators to Oppose Iran Sanctions Bill!
S. 1881 is a bill in the Senate that would impose new sanctions on Iran. President Obama said that this bill is a "march to war" and that it would kill current negotiations with Iran. Senators Schatz and Hirono have not stated their positions on this bill, urge them to publicly oppose it!
Brahimi: Women at the Peace Table!
Sign this petition to urge Lakhdar Brahimi, UN Special Envoy to Syria, to fully uphold the United Nations Resolution 1325* by ensuring the inclusion of Syrian women are priority at the Geneva II peace talks in Switzerland on January 22, 2014.
*The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.
Senator Reid: No to S 1881!
Senators Kirk, Schumer, and Menendez have sponsored an AIPAC-written bill S. 1881 that will impose new sanctions on Iran. The Administration has said this bill will kill diplomacy with Iran and President Obama has called it a "march to war" since it will effectively end nuclear talks. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can stop this bill by not allowing it to come up for a vote. Don't undermine this golden chance for diplomacy to work; ask Senate Majority Leader Reid to keep the bill off the floor.
- Petition to Obama
Senator Menendez: Stop Sabotaging Negotiations with Iran!
We want peace with Iran, but people like Senator Menendez want to undermine the negotiations by tightening the sanctions at the very moment the talks are in progress. Send a message to the Senator now and tell him to stop sabotaging the diplomatic process!
Syria Peace Talks: Let's Ensure Women’s Participation
On January 22, 2014, the UN will convene peace talks in Geneva to broker a peace agreement that will hopefully end the devastating civil war in Syria. We know that this deal will not be reached without the full participation of women.
Yet, women are not being fully representated at the peace talks, as if their stake in their future and the future of their country is somehow less important than the voices of the men with the guns. The international community must recognize its legal obligations, moral responsibilities and the practical necessity to ensure women’s participation: peace treaties without women do not work. If women are not a part of peace negotiations, then the peace will reflect only the interests of the most powerful and will ultimately fail.
Women have been organizing, through an inclusive and representative process, and they are prepared to participate in negotiation. Instead, they are told by the United Nations that the political situation is complicated. Women already know that. Yet, they are told that they should look for alternative models and lobby mediators in corridors. This is untenable and wrong. We must join our Syrian sisters in raising our voices, so that Syrian women are not just included but have a real role in deciding the future of their country.
Please join Women International League for Peace and Freedom, CODEPINK, and MADRE in signing this petition and calling for the inclusion of Syrian women’s leadership in the Geneva II negotiations and beyond.
Senator Collins: Tell us who is killed by drones!
Sign this petition to urge Senator Susan Collins to support legislation requiring full and accurate reporting on who is being killed by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.
Tell Your Reps: Attend the Drone Briefing!
On Tuesday, November 19, CODEPINK will hold a Congressional briefing so that our representatives can have an opportunity to sit face-to-face and listen to those people who have been directly impacted by US drone strikes in Yemen. CODEPINK has been able to bring four powerful speakers from Yemen to testify at this briefing. Send a message to your representative and urge them to attend this historic event!
NO to Jeh Johnson to head DHS!
Send an email to the Senators of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and urge them to reject Jeh Johnson’s nomination to be head of the Department of Homeland Security. At the very least, they should ask tough questions during the confirmation hearing about Johnson’s legal justification of killer drones, support of mass surveillance, anti-whistleblower stance, and his major financial contributions to President Obama key members of Congress.
- Senator Mikulski: Drone Victims Deserve Compensation!
Seize this moment for diplomacy with Iran!
With a new government in Iran willing to engage in talks, the time to establish a peaceful relationship is now. Send a message to your representatives to tell them that we need more diplomacy, not crippling sanctions on Iran!
Ambassador Power: Demand a Ceasefire for Syria!
Join us to call on the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power to do the following: take a strong role in pushing for a ceasefire and a negotiated solution for Syria during the Geneva II Convention, push for an increase in US aid to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, and recognize the egregious abuse of drone technology by the US, and support a United Nations ban on the use of killer drones.
Diplomacy and Aid for Syria, Not Military Strikes
Send a letter to your members of Congress to show support for the Russian proposal and to reiterate our call for negotiations not war on Syria! We plea with President Obama and Congress to seek an immediate ceasefire, begin regional peace talks and provide humanitarian aid to the over 2 million refugees fleeing the violence.
Tell Obama, Peace Not War in Syria!
Join us in telling Obama that violent intervention in Syria is not the answer to resolving the conflict. We need to redirect our military dollars towards immediate humanitarian aid, refocus on urgent peace talks, halt sales to authoritarian regimes and honor the voices of nonviolent resistance. We don’t want another war!
STOP SPYING ON ALL AMERICANS!
Join us to tell employees of NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton: stop spying on all Americans for profit! Former Booz employee Edward Snowden revealed that our constitution is in shreds as phone, email and other online activity data on everyone is monitored and stored, allegedly to prevent acts of terrorism. Time to stop buying spying and restore our privacy!
Join the CODEPINK Manning Support Team
By taking this pledge, you are signing up for the CODEPINK Manning Support Team. This means will you be a part of the crew organizing letter writing campaigns and visits to Manning while she is imprisoned in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. You will also join CODEPINK and other ally organizations to call on President Obama to pardon Manning and to stop the war on other whistleblowers! Sign the pledge now and then share it with your friends.
AUVSI: Stop Lobbying for Killer Drones!
Join us to tell the employees of the powerful drone lobby: stop lobbying on behalf of the killer drones that are killing thousands of innocent civilians in countries with which we are not at war! It's time to ground the killer drones!
Gun Free Coffee!
Tell Starbucks, "We don’t want guns with our coffee!" Today, August 9, Starbucks is encouraging gun advocates to gather at their local Starbucks stores to support the company's policy of allowing guns on their premises. This is outrageous! We need to make our voices loud and tell Starbucks Coffee President Clifford Burrows to ban guns from their stores and make their coffee shops safe spaces for all to enjoy! Email the President of Starbucks Coffee, U.S. Clifford Burrows Cliff.Burrows@
starbucks.com &/or call him 206-447-1575 or contact your local community Starbucks today.
Arms are for Hugging, Not for Killing!
Ambassador Samantha Power: 10 Ways to Reduce the Threat of Terrorist Attacks on Americans
As the US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power is the face of America to the international community. Send a letter to Ambassador Power now and urge her to heed a list of 10 ways to reduce the threat of terrorist attacks on Americans. By taking these steps, we will make America a more respected member of the international community and contribute towards a peaceful world.
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Women Occupy Pledge to Say NO to Bank of America!
Bank of America is not "too big to fail", it has been failing our communities for years. With Bank of America deep in their pockets, we cannot trust our elected officials to take a stand for our families and our futures.
It is time for women to pledge to empower ourselves and our communities by saying no to big banks. Big bankers get rich from our stimulus packages funded by our tax dollars. We want our money back! We can't afford to fail.
Will you pledge to resist Bank of America?
Cliff Sloan: Transfer Guantanamo prisoners cleared for release home Now!
Tell the State Department's new Guantanamo envoy Cliff Sloan that the prisoners cleared for release must be sent home now!
Senator Feinstein: Truthtelling is NOT treason!
Edward Snowden is the 29 year-old whistleblower who recently leaked the vast surveillance capabilities of US spy agencies, exposing to the public just how much the government is spying on American citizens. Within days, Senator Feinstein (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused Snowden of committing treason. Join us to tell Senator Feinstein: Truthtelling is NOT treason, and the American people deserve privacy and government transparency!
End armed conflict in Syria
Lakshmi Puri: Join us in asking for women to play an essential role at the upcoming Geneva peace talks aimed at ending the armed conflict in Syria. Please sign our petition now!
Obama: Clean Up the Dirty Wars!
In light of Jeremy Scahill’s shocking documentary film Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield that exposes the hidden truths behind America's expanding covert wars, CODEPINK has launched the campaign “Clean Up the Dirty Wars”. The covert drone strikes and night raids approved by President Obama’s administration--masked by the language of precision--are anything but clean. Sign this petition to urge President Obama to do the following:
End the occupation of Afghanistan: It's time to bring ALL the US troops and private security contractors home, and allow the Afghan people to decide their own future.
Stop the lethal drone strikes. The drone strikes have killed countless civilians, are a recruiting tool for extremists and spread anti-American sentiment.
Take responsibility for innocent victims: Set up a process where the families of innocent victims can seek redress from the US government, including compensation.
Close Guantanamo: Start by immediately releasing the 86 prisoners who have been cleared for release, then formally charge and try the remaining prisoners in fair and open proceedings and shut down the prison.
Join CODEPINK to demand accountability from our president. It’s time to Clean Up These Dirty Wars!
Michelle Obama: Tell Barack to Close Guantanamo Prison!
"For me, Mother's Day is a day of grief. Every day is a day of grief. My son Abdurahman Shabati is a prisoner at Guantánamo, and has been cleared for release since January of 2007. The United State’s government has stolen my son’s youth, and stolen our family’s peace and happiness. Don’t they realize we are human beings, not stones? That we suffer just like they would if they had lost their children? This Mother’s Day, you can help me and other mothers reunite with our sons by appealing to the First Lady of the United States: Tell Michelle Obama to urge her husband to close Guantánamo now."
-Om Abdurahman, mother of Guantánamo detainee Abdurahman Shabati, who has been held for 12 years and cleared for release for over 6 years.
This Mothers Day, help Om Abdurahman and the other mothers of Guantanmo prisoners reunite with their sons by telling Michelle Obama to tell her husband to close Guantanamo Bay Prison immediately.
Global Hunger Strike: Justice for Guantanamo Prisoners!
I pledge to join the global hunger strike and actions for justice for Guantanamo prisoners by fasting for at least 24 hours.
I acknowledge that I will never know what it is like to hunger strike under conditions as inhumane as those within Guantanamo, but hereby join the global hunger strike in hopes that it, among a variety of other efforts, will provide an impetus for policy change.
I call on President Obama to release the 86 prisoners who have been cleared for release, formally charge and try the remaining prisoners in fair and open proceedings, and close the shameful prison in Guantanamo -- as he promised to do when he ran for office.
I will also make the following calls during meal times:
- Call the White House and insist that President Obama fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo: 202-456-1111, 202-456-1414 or submit a comment online.
- Call the U.S. Southern Command to decry the conditions at Guantanamo: 305.437.1213
- Call the Department of Defense: 703-571-3343
Or, e-mail or write Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel and demand that he rapidly resume the transfers of all the men the Obama administration does not intend to charge. Address: Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel, 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301
If outside the US:
-Your elected official
-The situation at the prison in Guantamamo is at a crisis point, with desperate prisoners refusing to eat. Over 100 of the 166 prisoners left in Guantanamo are on a hunger strike. Many are being brutally force-fed. The United Nations Human Rights Commission considers the practice of force-feeding—in which detainees are strapped to a restraining chair, have tubes pushed up their nostrils and liquids pumped down their throats—a clear form of torture. One detainee said the process felt like a "razor blade [going] down through your nose and into your throat." Prisoner Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel said, “I had never experienced such pain before. I would not wish this cruel punishment upon anyone.”
-President of the American Medical Association, Dr. Jeremy Lazarus, has called force feeding unethical and inhumane. “The administration cannot force feed its way out of this growing medical emergency,” he said.
-Of the 166 prisoners, 86 have been cleared for release and must be released. The last time a prisoner left Guantanamo was September 2012. Fifty-seven of the cleared detainees are from Yemen and the present government—a US ally—wants these men returned home. One cleared detainee is a British citizen, Shaker Aamer. He has been cleared for release twice, but is still behind bars after 11 years. Kuwaiti prisoner Fouzi Al Awda, has been held for 11 years while the Kuwaiti government, another US ally, has repeatedly called for his repatriation.
-What can President Obama do? Congress has imposed unprecedented restrictions on detainee transfers, but President Obama still has the power to transfer men right now. He should use the certification/waiver process created by Congress to transfer detainees.
-According to the ACLU, there are two essential first steps the president must take. One is to appoint a senior point person so that the administration's Guantánamo closure policy is directed by the White House and not by Pentagon bureaucrats. The president can also order the secretary of defense to start certifying for transfer detainees who have been cleared, which is more than half the Guantánamo population.
-The President must demonstrate immediate, tangible progress toward the closure of Guantanamo or the men who are on hunger strike will die, and he will be ultimately responsible for their deaths.
AG Holder: Prosecute the Bush Administration!
George W. Bush is recognized by the people of the world as a criminal. Join CODEPINK to demand that Attorney General Eric Holder initiate the investigation, indictment and prosecution of crimes committed by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and other high officials in the Bush administration!
Demand justice for Aaron Swartz: Support reform of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Tens of thousands of people have used the White House's petition site to demand that President Obama fire Aaron Swartz's prosecutor Carmen Ortiz -- easily surpassing the 25,000 signature threshold that's supposed to guarantee a response. Aaron died more than two weeks ago, but the White House still hasn't even issued a statement.
We've been waiting far too long. Help us demand answers from the White House. It's enough already: They need to respond to our calls and fire Ortiz. There's some good news to report: The House Oversight Committee has responded to our requests and is calling for a briefing on Aaron's prosecution from the Department of Justice. That's because what happened to Aaron looks far more like a persecution than a prosecution: Ortiz wanted him to serve upwards of 35 years in federal prison for downloading too many ACADEMIC ARTICLES.
We've demanded answers, Congress is demanding answers. It's time for the White House to stop ignoring us.
Add your name below to tell Obama to stop stonewalling us and fire Ortiz!
General Atomics CEO: Stop making Killing Machines!
Join us by signing a letter to General Atomics CEO Neal Blue, urging him to stop manufacturing killer drones!
Vote No on S. Res. 65!
Over ten years ago, the U.S. government used the pretext of 9/11 to invade and occupy an innocent country, Iraq. We can’t let our nation be dragged into another war of choice—this time in Iran. Have we not felt the price? When do we say STOP? Please contact your Senators today and tell them “Don’t make the same mistake again--vote No on S.Res.65!” Remind them that diplomacy is the best preemptive action.
AIPAC Wants War With Iran. Americans Don’t!
President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu will be meeting in the next month during a historic trip by the President to the West Bank and Jordan. Reports indicate that the world leaders will be using this opportunity to discuss a military strike on Iran. Meanwhile, the strongest Israel lobby in the US, AIPAC, will take thousands of its members to Congress to push a resolution saying that the US will militarily support an Israeli strike on Iran. Outraged that your tax dollars may soon be funding yet another indiscriminate invasion? Urge Obama to distance himself from AIPAC, a dangerous lobby that lobbies for $3 billion annually of our taxpayer money to subsidize the powerful Israeli military and its illegal operations and occupations. Tell Obama that you do not support a US joint venture with Israel to bomb Iran and that you do not support AIPAC’s sponsorship of illegal occupation! Help us get to our goal of 5,000 petitions to deliver to the White House.
Senator Leahy: We Demand A Public Release of Legal Memos on Drone Strikes
On February 8, 2013, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wrote to President Obama requesting that he share with the Committee any legal memos on the targeted killings of Americans abroad. He pressed the President to disclose these opinions as “the deliberate killing of a United States citizen pursuant to a targeted operation authorized or aided by our Government raises significant constitutional and legal concerns that fall squarely within the jurisdiction of the Committee.” The Judiciary Committee has yet to receive these memos. Join us and send a letter to Senator Leahy, urging him to renew his demand for a release of these legal opinions, but publicly. He should pressure the Department of Justice to release these memos not only to the Judiciary Committee, but to us, the people. We deserve to know who is being killed in our name, and why.
Senator Feinstein: Why did the US kill two 16 year-olds?
On February 7, 2013, at the CIA confirmation hearing chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chief counterterrorism advisor John Brennan made a remarkable statement. He said that if a U.S. drone strike killed innocent people, “we need to acknowledge it publicly…in the interest of transparency.” Join us and send a letter to Senator Feinstein, urging her to start with two cases: 16-year-old U.S. citizen Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, killed by a drone strike in Yemen, and 16-year-old Tariq Aziz, killed by a drone strike in Pakistan. She should ask Brennan to acknowledge whether the killing of these two teenagers was a mistake -- perhaps a clarification of the cold-blooded murder of two 16-year-olds will lead to an investigation of the hundreds of drone casualties worldwide.
Thank Lonely Planet for dropping Ahava from their guidebook!
Thank Lonely Planet for dropping Ahava from their guidebook!
- No Brennan for the CIA!
Harry Reid: Stand up to the NRA!
Please join us in asking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to stand up to the NRA. People are disgusted by the NRA's proposed solution to gun violence: more guns, including arming all our schools. The only ones who would benefit from such madness is the gun industry that the NRA represents. Real solutions mean limiting guns, especially assault weapons that are only good for mass murder.
Democratic Senator Harry Reid has the power to allow a vote on Senator Feinstein’s legislation banning assault weapons—a mild measure supported by President Obama and Vice President Biden. But so far, Reid, a good friend of the gun lobby, has refused to support the ban.
Please join us in telling Harry Reid that it's time to break with the NRA and support an assault weapons ban.
Emir of Qatar: Free Poet Mohammad al-Ajami!
Life in prison for writing a poem? On November 29, 2012, Qatari poet Muhammad al-Ajami was handed a life sentence for “insulting” the Emir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and “inciting to overthrow the ruling system.” These claims came after a video was posted on the internet of Ajami reciting his poetic tribute to the Arab Spring, "Tunisian Jasmine."
Qatar, a major US ally in the Middle East, holds itself out as a defender of human rights. Deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, Joe Stork, said, “Qatar, after all its posturing as a supporter of freedom, turns out to be determined to keep its citizens quiet.”
Ajami’s lawyer has filed an appeal, and the case will be heard on December 30th. The Emir, however, has the power to pardon Ajami.
Please send this letter the Emir of Qatar, call the Embassy at (202) 274-1600 (press 1 four times to leave a message with the ambassador's office).
For more info, read this article in the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, see the Human Rights Watch coverage, and download this document from Amnesty International.
Submit a Haiku in solidarity with Poet Mohammad al-Ajami!
Thank you for supporting free speech!
Submit your haiku in solidarity wtih jailed poet Mohammad al-Ajami in Qatar using the form below.
Clinton and Obama: Stop the Heartbreaking Loss of Life in Gaza & End the Siege!
On November 21, Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza reached a ceasefire agreement with Egyptian mediation. We know today that Israel is breaking the ceasefire agreements by continuing to harass and physically injure fishermen and farmers in Gaza. President Obama and Hillary Clinton should pressure Israel to respect the ceasefire agreement.
How long must the people of Gaza suffer before our government demands that Israel stop bombing, occupying and oppressing? We hear from President Obama and Congress about Israel’s right to self-defense, but what about the rights of the Palestinian population in Gaza?
Please send Secretary Clinton (via contacts in the State Department) and President Obama the letter below urging them to take immediate action.
Take Action: Urge U.S. Investigation of Rachel Corrie's Death
Rachel Corrie was a U.S. citizen and a human rights defender committed to ending Israel’s illegal demolition of Palestinian homes. According to the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, Israel has demolished an estimated 27,000 Palestinian structures in Occupied Palestinian Territory since 1967. Rachel was killed by the Israeli military with a U.S.-taxpayer funded Caterpillar D9 bulldozer on March 16, 2003, in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip, while seeking to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.
In August 2012, a civil case against the Israeli military filed by the Corrie family concluded with the presiding judge not only absolving the State of Israel of any liability, but also blaming Rachel for her own death. This is unacceptable.
Take action below by signing this petition to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the U.S. government to conduct thorough, credible, and transparent investigations into the death of Rachel Corrie and into each case involving the death or serious injury of an American citizen by the Israeli military since 2001.
Help CODEPINK, the US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and a coalition of allies reach our goal of delivering 10,000 signatures to the State Department next month.
End to U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan!
Join our Peace Delegation to Pakistan by writing to President Obama to call for an end to U.S. killer drone strikes in Pakistan!
NBC: War is Not A Game! Cancel Stars Earn Stripes!
War-o-tainment? We don't think so. Send a message to NBC asking them to cancel the new reality TV show "Stars Earn Stripes". Your message will be emailed to NBC producers and hand-delivered to NBC headquarters in New York City.
Tell US Ambassador to Pakistan: End Drone Strikes!
During the CODEPINK Peace Delegation to Pakistan in October 2012, delegates will deliver this petition to Ambassador Munter at the US Embassy in Islamabad. Please add your name below.
Thank You Abigail Disney!
On July 16, Abigal Disney announced that she was disowning her share of her family's investment in Ahava cosmetics. Abby is a principal investor in Shamrock Holdings, the Roy E. Disney Family Fund that owns about 18% of Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories. She courageously said, “I cannot in good conscience profit from what is technically the ‘plunder’ or ‘pillage’ of occupied natural resources and the company’s situating its factory in an Israeli settlement in the Occupied West Bank.”
Show your support for Abigail by signing the letter to her below:
Listen to the Women! US/NATO Out of Afghanistan!
Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN WomenAmbassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United NationsSecretary of State Hillary Clinton
The Second International Conference on Afghanistan to be held in Tokyo by the Civil-Military Fusion Centre, from July 8-9, gives supporters of Afghan women an opportunity to highlight their missing voices and the need to end the longest foreign war in US history as well as the longest NATO intervention.
Where, in all the international "aid", is the money to improve maternal and infant health and to make sure that women and girls are truly secure from violence? CODEPINK is calling on the US government and the UN entity responsible for women's rights—UN Women –to listen to Afghan women, end the military violence, and invest in social programs.
Tell President Obama to Ground the Lethal Drones and Kill the Kill List
The recent revelations in the New York Times about President Obama’s drone attacks are horrifying.
Join us in telling Obama to Kill the Kill List. Add your comments to the letter to the president below and click send.
President Obama: No to NATO! Out of Afghanistan!
Send your own letter to President Obama to urge him to end the US/NATO war in Afghanistan.
This week thousands of activists will converge in Chicago to protest the ridiculously expensive and security-obsessed NATO conference, the first in a decade. President Obama’s main agenda item for this conference will be to continue the US/NATO war in Afghanistan.
Join the protests by taking action below!
Demand US Issue Shahzad Akbar a Visa
CODEPINK, Reprieve and the Center for Constitutional Rights are hosting the first international Drone Summit April 28-29 in Washington, DC. We have invited lawyer Shahzad Akbar to speak about his experience representing victims of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. Unfortunately he may miss this opportunity to tell the American public about the impact of U.S. drones strikes on the people of Pakistan because he has been unable to procure a visa.
Shahzad has been waiting for a visa for almost a year and missed a similar conference last year because of this issue.
Use the form below to email Consul General Steve Maloney in Pakistan and let him know that Shahzad should not again be denied the ability to travel to the United States and share the stories of his Pakistani clients.
Tell Macy’s to Stop Carrying Illegal Settlement Products!
In solidarity with Palestinian Land Day (March 30, 2012), we are asking you to contact Macy’s, which carries two products that are manufactured in illegal Israeli settlements: Ahava cosmetics and SodaStream home beverage carbonating devices. Sign this petition to tell Macy’s to stop selling these products, which violate international law.
Please send the letter below and share it with your friends and family.
This petition will be delivered to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Take Lethal Drones Away from CIA
Since the attacks of 9/11, the CIA has been conducting covert drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, killing at least 3,000 people, including hundreds of noncombatants and even American citizens. Use the form below to email Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairperson of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and let her know you want drones taken out of the hands of the CIA.
Shame on Bank of America Manager!
On March 8th, 2012, International Women's Day, CODEPINK activists twice interrupted CEO Brian Moynihan of Bank of America during his speech to Citi Bank investors. Medea Benjamin and Rae Abileah opened their suit jackets to reveal the message above their pink bras: “BUST B of A.” This was part of actions across the country by Women Occupy to build attention around the need for Bank of America to be ‘busted’ into smaller banks.
Escorted out of the building, they took their message to the Bank of America at the corner of Zuccotti Park, famous as the home of Occupy Wall Street. Repeating their action inside the bank with dozens of activists in super hero costumes outside, they were brutally arrested without ever being asked to leave the bank. Two activists outside the bank were also arrested without reason. All four spent a difficult night in jail and three of them, charged with two counts of trespassing, have to return to court on March 30.
Write the customer complaint department of Bank of America and ask them to respect first amendment rights and drop all charges against the activists.
Women Say: Bust Bank of America
Watch the video and sign the petition to bust Bank of America.
Bank of America – the biggest of the big banks – must be held accountable for their predatory economic policies that are destroying U.S. families and communities. B of A leads the pack in illegal foreclosure practices, faulty loans, and tax evasion. Women are 32% more likely than men to receive sub‑prime mortgages. It’s time to tell Bank of America that we’re not going to take it anymore!
Say "NO" to Drone Warfare!
Sign below to tell Obama we need transparency and accountability for the U.S. drone program!
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks the U.S. government has increasingly deployed drones in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. While the U.S. military and the CIA initially used drones primarily for surveillance, these remotely controlled aerial vehicles are currently routinely used to launch missiles against human targets in countries where the United States is not at war, including Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. As many as 3,000 people, including hundreds of noncombatants and even American citizens, have been killed in covert missions. The U.S. drone program as increased under the Obama administration. Please add your own short message to the petition below, and tell your friends!
Sign the pledge!
Become part of the force to redirect money from Arms manufacturers, because Arms Are for Hugging!
The Arms Are For Hugging campaign addresses the the global arms race. Whether it's nuclear weapons, drones or AK47’s, the idea that weapons make us more secure needs re-education, needs to end and the money needs to be directed to life nourishing activities.
For more info, please email us!
President Obama: Stand up for Civil Liberties!
Last week, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) giving billions for war spending and granting power to the military to arrest and detain U.S. citizens without legal counsel and trial. Although the Obama White House threatened to veto the act, it recently reversed its position.
Tell Obama to stand up for civil liberties, stop endless wars and veto the NDAA!
Congress: Stand up for Civil Liberties!
The U.S. Senate passed 93-7 a version of the National Defense Authorization Amendment (NDAA) awarding $662 billion for war spending and granting power to the military to arrest and detain U.S. citizens without legal counsel and trial. President Barack Obama has stated he would veto the amendment if he was challenged with the detention of U.S. citizens.
Tell Congress to stand up for civil liberties, stop endless wars and vote no on the final version of the NDAA!
Please sign our urgent appeal to end the brutal suppression of pro-democracy protesters by the military junta in Egypt!
Freedom for the Freedom Riders! End the Israeli Occupation of Palestine!
On November 15th, a historic group of Palestinian youth Freedom Riders, inspired by the US Civil Rights movement attempted to board segregated buses serving Israeli settlers in the West Bank. Their attempt to exercise their right to liberty and dignity by disrupting the military regime of the Occupation through peaceful civil disobedience was met with violent arrest. Please call on the State Department to end Israel's discriminatory restrictions on freedom of movement and allow the next group of Freedom Riders through.
Send a letter using this tool below. This action is being coordinated with Jewish Voice for Peace and the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee.
Photo at right: Palestinian activist Huwaida Arraf was forcefully removed from a settler-only bus in the West Bank. Photo by ActiveStills.org.
Occupy Our City Squares, Not Afghanistan and Iraq
Sign this petition to show your solidarity with the Occupy Together movement.
I Will Attend a Women, War and Peace Viewing Party
Obama: Make Jobs, Not War!
From Wall Street to Main Street, people are gathering to demand real change.
Join us in telling Obama that his American Jobs Act doesn't go far enough - it is as important to end the wars and fully fund Medicare and Medicaid as it is to make jobs and tax the rich.
We can't create a better future for ourselves and future generations if we allow the longest war in American history to continue.
Join the CODEPINK Create Not Hate Team
Does 10 years of war in Afghanistan feel like 10 years too many to you? Join our Create, Not Hate team to help describe the human cost of war and to express alternative visions for responding to the threat of future terrorist attacks. While artists are encouraged to join, you don't have to be an artist to help develop cultural responses to war.
Peace is Patriotic
Celebrate the birthday of the United States by declaring your independence from war. Invite the president and your congressional representatives to join us in pursuing peace. Email them a reminder that the people of the United States, and our mayors, want a complete withdrawal of troops and contractors from Afghanistan and Iraq.
We must end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. No excuses!
Americans to Israel: Stop targeting peaceful Palestinian demonstrators and organizers!
Recently, two leading Palestinian organizers were placed behind bars for non-violent demonstrations. The protests have featured women prominently, and have focused on an end to occupation: of land, of minds, of hearts— for Palestinians and Israelis alike. The Israeli army has reponded with raids, arrests, and injuries to men, women, and children.
Naji and Bassem Tamimi from the village of Nabi Saleh are currently jailed for their efforts to oppose the theft of their land by Israeli settlers. They were arrested based on evidence derived from forced confessions of teenagers who were seized in midnight raids, denied legal counsel, and beaten. This is not justice. We must raise our voices to secure their quick release.
Use the form below to send an email to the US State Department officials in Washington, D.C.
Bring Our War Dollars Home to Rebuild America!
As the originating source for federal funding legislation, the House of Representatives holds major responsibility for war funding.
Sign our letter below to push the U.S. House of Representatives.
We urge our Representatives to vote NO on any further war funding appropriations for Afghanistan in order to redirect the nation‘s resources toward improving our education system, infrastructure, and health care programs.
US and Israel, Let the Flotilla Passengers Sail to Gaza!
Tell the US State Department and Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren to stop pressuring Greece and let the Flotilla passengers into Gaza!
The US boat, the Audacity of Hope, was scheduled to sail last weekend, but it is still anxiously awaiting permission from the Greek government, which is being pressured by Israel and the United States to prevent its departure. Two other boats have received physical attacks in port that are suspected to have been calculated sabotage. We must send a mesage to our government: Let the boats sail! What's good for Israel is not in the best interest of American civilians and the United States must take a principled stand.
Additionally, as the Israeli military is once again preparing to attack unarmed civilians, including with snipers and dogs, let's urge the Israeli government to allow the safe passage of those on board the flotilla ships to Gaza.
Use the form below to send an email to the US State Department officials and the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Let the Dancers Dance
If you think people should have the right to dance silently at the Jefferson Memorial, sign this petition calling on the Park Police to Let the Dancers Dance.
Letter to the Senators of the Democratic Caucus
CODEPINK is joining Progressive Democrats of America in demanding a withdrawal from Afghanistan and asking Senators to lead the way to ending the wars and bringing the money and troops home for vital domestic needs like healtchare, education, and renewable, sustainable energy research.
Prominent peace and justice advocates have signed this letter. Please add your signature by completing the form below. The letter will be delivered to the Senate as part of the June 7 Rally with the Nurses and Citizens Lobby Day.
Congress: End the Afghanistan War, Bring the Troops and Money Home
As Congress debates the annual military spending bill, they need to hear from their constituents! Tell your Representative and Senators to end the Afghanistan War, remove all troops and contractors, and bring the money home for vitally needed domestic priorities. It is time to stop funding the military industrial complex and start funding education, health and human needs!
Tell Obama to get out of bed with AIPAC!
President Obama will address AIPAC at their 2012 annual policy conference, and will meet with Israeli PM Netanyahu. Outraged that Obama is pandering to AIPAC? Tell him what you think of the Israel Lobby and what’s really needed for a lasting just peace in the region!
Help us get to our goal of 5,000 petitions to deliver to the White House.
Support HR 780: A Responsible End to War in Afghanistan
Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced a bill to limit military funding to only cover the safe and orderly withdrawal of all U.S. military personnel and Department of Defense (DOD) contractor personnel in Afghanistan. The bill has been referred to the House Foreign Affairs and House Armed Services Committees for consideration. With the killing of bin Laden, now is the time for more Congressmembers to come out in support of immediately ending the war in Afghanistan!
If your Representative has already agreed to co-sponsor the resolution, you'll be able to send a letter of appreciation.
Support HR 780: A Responsible End to War in Afghanistan
Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced a bill to limit military funding to only cover the safe and orderly withdrawal
Enough -- Let the Peace Begin
The death of Osama Bin Laden should be a time of profound reflection. With his death, we remember and mourn all the lives lost on September 11. We remember and mourn all the lives lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan. We remember and mourn the death of our soldiers. And we say, “Enough.”
There was never any justification for invading Iraq. Our troops must come home now—all of them.
With Al-Qaeda driven out of Afghanistan and Osama Bin Laden dead, there is no justification for continuing the war in Afghanistan. Our soldiers—and contractors—must leave, now, opening the path for Afghan government and the Taliban to negotiate a ceasefire.
Our drone attacks in Pakistan are only fueling the violence and creating more Osama Bin Ladens. We must stop these barbaric attacks, now!
Our military, and our federal budget, must focus on rebuilding at home, not making new enemies abroad. Let us give meaning to the death of Osama Bin Laden by calling on President Obama to put an end to the violence.
Demand for the Restoration of Rule of Law and Accountability
Reject complacency and take a stand.
Please take a stand today. Sign the demand and be counted among those who demand that the rule of law be honored by the U.S. Sign the demand and be counted among those who insist that our form of government, obtained and preserved over the years through the sacrifice of many lives and the brilliance of the Founders and others who have followed, be preserved, with checks and balances and a separation of power among the three branches of government. Sign the demand today to help stop the trend toward tyranny in the executive branch and the undermining of our great republic.
Sign the demand and be counted among those who demand that the rule of law be honored by the U.S.
Show Your Love for Helen Thomas!
In May during our Move Over AIPAC conference we will honor our keynote speaker Helen Thomas, former White House dean of correspondents, with an award. We invite you to give us your comments below for Ms. Thomas and when we present the award to her, we'll mention them into our remarks.
Join us in honoring Ms. Thomas for her 60 years of excellent investigative journalism and her fearless efforts to speak out against war and injustice around the world. Helen Thomas retired in 2010 after a long and productive career. She was a member of the White House Press Corps and served as Bureau Chief for United Press International.
Ms. Thomas has stood up strong for her beliefs about the nature of the Israeli / Palestinian conflict and what is needed to bring justice to the region. She has said that "peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance."
We admire her courage and her continued activism to peace bring and justice to the Middle East.
CODEPINK honored Ms. Thomas with a PINK medal of courage.
War is more than boots on the ground
Tell your Congressmembers to support the Kucinich amendment
Rep. Kucinich's amendment to the forthcoming Continuing Resolution or Omnibus Appropriations bill would prohibit funding for U.S. involvement in military operations in Libya.
As Rep. Kucinich stated in his letter to his fellow Congressmembers this week: "The establishment of a no-fly zone by the U.S. and our allies, billed as an act to protect civilians in Libya, is an act of war." Furthermore, the US military has no endgame plan, no timeline, and no clear boundaries for its intervention in Libya. This is unacceptable.
Rep. Kucinich writes that "according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the initial costs of a no-fly zone could cost the U.S. between $400 and $800 million, or $30 to $100 million per week." We've spent trillions on unwinnable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last decade and cannot continue to intervene abroad militarily, with airstrikes or other operations.
Please urge your congressmemebers to help bring our war $$ home by supporting Rep. Kucinich's amendment.
Tell Bed Bath & Beyond to Stop Carrying Illegal Settlement Products!
Big box retailer Bed Bath & Beyond carries two products that are manufactured in illegal Israeli settlements: Ahava cosmetics and SodaStream home beverage carbonating devices. Sign this petition to tell Bed Bath & Beyond to stop selling these products which violate international law.
Please sign the petition below and share it with your friends and family.
Tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Instead of Bombing Dictators, Stop Selling Them Bombs
Use Diplomacy to Bring About a Ceasefire in Libya Immediately
We know that Muammar Gaddafi is a dictator and we support Libyan people who are rising up to oust him. But bringing in the cruise missiles to the “rescue”? No way! Our government’s involvement should be to use creative diplomacy, negotiations, and international pressure, not war. The best thing the U.S. can do to support democracy in the Middle East is: Stop arming dictators.
Western nations were selling Gaddafi the weapons his regime has been using to suppress the Libyan people. In 2009 alone, European governments—including Britain and France—sold Libya more than $470 million worth of weapons. The Obama administration was working to provide the Libyan dictator another $77 million in weapons, on top of the $17 million it provided in 2009 and the $46 million the Bush administration provided in 2008. What is the message we send by bombing Gaddafi’s forces while continuing to support brutal regimes in countries such as Yemen, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia?
Please join us in telling Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—a key player pushing for war in Libya—that we want an end to the bombing, an immediate ceasefire in Libya and an end to U.S. arms sales to the region’s dictators.
Listen to Afghan Youth!
The Obama administration has increased our U.S. military presence in Afghanistan by 50,000 for a total of 100,000 military, plus 70,000 U.S. contractors. Add in NATO military and Afghan security, and you have 510,000 forces charged with Afghanistan's national security. The CIA says there are perhaps 50 al Qaeda and at most 15,000 Afghan Taliban in Afghanistan. The math just doesn't add up. We have spent trillions of dollars that should have been spent in our local communities.
NGOs in Afghanistan concerned about the huge increase in civilian casualties say that civilians have "nowhere to hide" to escape the brutality of war.
Faced with these forces of death, destruction and inhumanity, one thing that gives me hope is the youth in areas of conflict who are challenging injustice and demanding to live in a world of peace. Listen to the powerful words of the youth of Afghanistan and join us in supporting their pleas for peace by forwarding their letter to US leaders and to your friends.
This week Senator Boxer and Congressman Kucinich submitted bills to end the war in Afghanistan, and now more than ever your Congressmembers need to hear from the voices of the Afghan youth.
Type in your zip code below to send a message to President Obama, and your Congressperson and Senators, to listen to Afghan youth!
Tell Defense Secretary Gates: Drop the "aiding the enemy" charge against Bradley Manning
Private Bradley Manning, a 23-year-old intelligence analyst with the US Army, stands accused of disclosing a classified video of American troops shooting Iraqi civilians from a helicopter, as well as the State Department cables that have helped bring transparency to governments and spark democratic uprisings in the Middle East and the war logs that have brought us the truth about war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He has now been charged with "aiding the enemy" by the Department of Defense, a crime that is punishable by death.
If spared this cruel sentence, Manning would still face life in prison without parole. He is held inside his cell for 23 hours a day under constant surveillance. The conditions of his imprisonment recently sparked a probe by the UN special commision on torture.
The whistleblower behind the Vietnam era’s Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has called Mr. Manning a “hero,” yet this administration is bent on charging him with dozens of unjust charges.
We believe that without the efforts of people who risk prosecution to reveal the truth, the information we need to hold our government accountable may never be made public.
Join us in demanding humane treatment for Bradley Manning, and that this administration drop the unjust charge of "aiding the enemy."
Tell Congress: Don't Slash Budgets, Bring Our War $$ Home!
From Tunisia and Egypt, to Wisconsin and Ohio, let's bring our war dollars home! Bombing Afghanistan, occupying Iraq, and maintaining more than 1,000 military bases around the globe costs billions a week, and aid to dictators like Egypt's recently deposed Hosni Mubarak costs U.S. taxpayers billions a year. Meanwhile domestic programs like heating assistance for low-income families, and public workers like firefighters and teachers, see their budgets slashed.
Just 150 soldiers coming home from Afghanistan this year would solve Wisconsin's budget shortfall – 150 out of the approximately 80,000 currently stationed there.
People everywhere are rising up to demand funding for jobs, housing, and education, not for wars and occupation. And with the inspiring current of people taking action in their home states, these movements will continue to grow!
Type in your zip code below to tell President Obama, and your Congressperson and Senators, to turn the tide of brutal budget slashing by bringing our war $$ home.
Congress: Time for a New Foreign Policy!
President Obama recently requested $3.1 billion in military aid to Israel in his FY2013 budget, an increase from $3.075 in this year’s budget.
(Shown at right: Tear gas canister that was made in the U.S.A. used against peaceful protesters in the West Bank and in Egypt)
Find out how much your state contributes in taxes going to military aid to Israel and see what your state could be buying instead (green jobs, healthcare, housing...)!
Enter your zipcode below to send a letter to your Congressperson and Senators now!
Fund People's Needs Not Dictators!
With great joy in our hearts and tears in our eyes, we celebrate Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. We must not forget that Mubarak's regime was propped up by one US administration after another for 30 years in order to maintain the balance of power in the region in favor of Israel.
This is a perfect moment to tell Congress that you want your taxdollars to support people’s needs, not dictators or the violent policies of the Israeli government.
Type in your zip code below to tell President Obama, and your Congressperson and Senators, to stand with the people of Egypt, and to stop funding repressive regimes and fund people's needs instaed!
Thank You for Dropping Ahava Products!
In January, 2011, we learned that The Bay, a major Canadian department store, discontinued sales of Ahava products. Canadian human rights activists, including our allies at Tadamon!, have had a campaign to ask The Bay to stop selling Ahava. Please join us in thanking The Bay for dropping Ahava. Your message of thanks is crucial as right-wing pro-occupation groups berate and pressure The Bay to reinstate sales of Ahava. Click to send your letter below now!
Don't turn a tragedy into an arms race
Arizona already has some of the most lax gun control laws in the country, but state lawmakers are thinking of making it even easier to carry concealed weapons on campus through two new bills. One bill, H2001, would allow faculty at state community colleges and universities to carry guns with valid permits. Another bill, H2014, would prevent educational institutions from stopping those with valid permits from carrying them on their campuses.
State Rep. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, who authored both bills, recently argued "When everyone is carrying a firearm, nobody is going to be a victim." This is a sobering reminder that our society is filled with (and glorifies) guns and killing, both at home and abroad. The Tucson shooting is a national issue—we must let Rep. Harper, the co-sponsors of these bills, and Gov. Jan Brewer know that more violence is not the answer.
Please, take a moment right now to send a note urging Gov. Jan Brewer and the co-sponsors of these bills to work to strengthen, not weaken, state gun control laws. It's up to us to make them realize that you can't shoot your way to security anymore than you can bomb the world to peace.
As we speak out, we honor those whose lives were lost and shattered in that Safeway parking lot in Arizona, and pay tribute to our belief in democracy.
Cut it out! We can't afford these wars!
Please contact your House representative today by signing the letter below!
Ask your Member of Congress to cut the deficit by ending the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq and making cuts to the bloated Pentagon budget to bring our war $$ home!
Enter your Zip Code to view the letter below:
Stop Carrying Ahava!
At the Russell Tribunal on Palestine London Session in November, 2010, Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories was found to be complicit with Israel’s violations of international law. Ahava is an occupation profiteer and as such is the subject of an international boycott campaign. We are calling on Ulta, a national beauty store with shops in 39 states, to stop selling Ahava cosmetics.
Sign this petition to tell Ulta to stop selling AHAVA products!
Move Bush's Memoir to the Crime Section of Bookstores!
Photo Contest Winners Announced!
War criminal George W. Bush's new memoir, Decision Points, is scheduled to hit the shelves of bookstores across the country last month.
We think Bush's book belongs in the Crime section and we mobilized hundreds of activists to move it there. Participants moved the books in their local bookstores and then sent us their pics to enter our photo contest.
Be sure to leave our "The Real Decision Points" bookmark inside a few copies of the book at your bookstore! Just download, print, cut and go!
Check out one of our winner's photos by clicking on the photo slideshow to the right! The winning photos show Bush's book in the baloney and toilet paper sections of the grocery store.
The contest isn't over! Stay tuned because next month, we'll be moving Donald Rumsfeld's new book "Known and Unknown" and coordinating our
action on Facebook here: http://on.fb.me/gOEUsi
NO more money, NO more surges, NO more lives for war
On July 1st, the House of Representatives voted, indirectly through a sneaky measure called "the self-executing rule", for yet another $33 billion for the escalation of war in Afghanistan, now the longest continual war in US history. That's the bad news. The good news is that Congress has been hearing so much from "we the people" including codepinkers across the nation that the Democratic leadership that Speaker Nancy Pelosi resorted to this dodge so that members of Congress would not have their names on a direct vote for war funding, something the US taxpayers know they cannot afford. Now is the time to call and visit your senators and members of Congress and say: we're watching carefully, we do not like this, and do not vote for war again.
Send a letter to your Senator using our tool below and tell them you want a new policy based on development and conflict resolution, not war.
NO more money, NO more surges, NO more lives for war
The war funding supplemental bill could be voted on as early as tomorrow--and the issue is not who is conducting the war, but the war itself. Unfortunately, Congress is poised to throw another $33 billion of our tax dollars at this old, worn militaristic disaster.
Send a letter to your representative using our tool below and tell them you want a new policy based on development and conflict resolution, not war (and tell them to join the Out of Afghanistan Caucus.) To the right is a letter by 30 Congressional representatives to Speaker Pelosi about not voting for war until crucial questions are answered. You can see if your member has signed here and tell your member to join with these representatives to stand up for what's right.
What's Your Pledge for a Greener More Peaceful Planet?
Last weekend CODEPINK called for a day of action to Protest BP--our locals creatively rallied at a BP-owned station in LA, organized the Mermaid Survivor of the BP Oilspill Contingent in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, protested at a BP station in Detroit, and many more. In the wake of these powerful actions, we buried the hummer, the symbol of the American hubris, in Detroit "Motor City" on the eve of the US Social Forum, a dynamic world-wide gathering of more than 25,000 activists committed to social change.
Say NO to Drilling and NO more giveaways to Big Oil!
It’s time for Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi, as leaders in the House and Senate, to do their jobs and punish polluters, say no to drilling and no more giveaways to big oil! Send them (and their legislative aides) a note below—the time to push is now!
- Send the Truth to Congress!
Protecting BP is Simply Wrong!
Please sign the letter below!
A Senate bill, the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act, would have spiked the maximum liability for oil companies from a pitiful $75 million to $10 billion—making sure that BP paid for this man-made catastrophe. Remember, this company reported a profit of $5.5 billion in just the last three months! But unbelievably, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) opposed the bill and blocked it from even coming to a vote. Please contact this lady’s office and tell her to stop protecting BP and instead protect the fishermen, the coastal residents and the wildlife.
Protecting BP is Simply Wrong!
Please sign the letter below!
A Senate bill, the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act, would have spiked the maximum liability for oil companies from a pitiful $75 million to $10 billion—making sure that BP paid for this man-made catastrophe. Remember, this company reported a profit of $5.5 billion in just the last three months! But unbelievably, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) opposed the bill and blocked it from even coming to a vote. Please contact her and Senator Inhoff and tell them to stop protecting BP and instead protect the fishermen, the coastal residents and the wildlife.
Let's NOT Waste $33 Billion Dollars on More War!
Please contact your House and Senate members today by signing the letter below!
Ask them to co-sponsor the McGovern/Feingold bill (HR 5015, S.3197) requiring the President to provide a plan and timetable for "the safe, orderly and expeditious redeployment of US troops from Afghanistan and request them to vote NO on spending $33 billion dollars more on war.
Let's NOT Waste $33 Billion Dollars on More War!
Please contact your House and Senate members today by signing the letter below!
Ask your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the McGovern/Feingold bill (HR 5015, S.3197) requiring the President to provide a plan and timetable for "the safe, orderly and expeditious redeployment of US troops from Afghanistan and request them to vote NO on spending $33 billion dollars more on war.
Enter your Zip Code to view the letter below:
Nordstrom: Live up to your socially responsible business promises!
Our latest Stolen Beauty target is Nordstrom, a chain of department stores that touts itself as a socially responsible business.
Join us in telling Nordstrom to stop selling AHAVA products -- sign your letter below now!
Say NO to Northrop Grumman & Corporate Welfare
Ever since Northrop Grumman--the third largest Federal contractor in 2009 with over $17 billion in mostly defense and aerospace contracts--announced its intention to move to the Washington DC area, politicians in DC, Maryland, and Virginia have eagerly courted them.
As an incentive, the DC City Council is legislating $25 million in subsidies and grants to the mammoth war profiteer. The legislation was originally sponsored by seven of the City Council’s 13 members and supported by Mayor Adrian Fenty, and a vote is scheduled in early April.
What does Washington DC get in return? Northrop has promised 250 jobs but the defense contractor is already cutting jobs in other locations. Also, most of the jobs in DC would be filled by employees relocating from Los Angeles. There is currently no stated positive fiscal benefit to the District of Columbia from this corporate welfare.
$25 million is money better invested in creating jobs, improving infrastructure and public services for the District of Columbia. Mobilize against this tax giveaway. Stand up to Northrop Grumman and tell the DC City Council that this community is not for sale.
Over 1000 Dead--
For those who know or have lost a loved one serving in Afghanistan or Iraq, this week’s milestone of the 1,000th US death in Operation Enduring Freedom struck deep.
As we proceed with our current military offensive in Helmand Province-the very one touted by McChrystal, our President, Pentagon officials and the media as the first step toward “victory” in Afghanistan- 1,000 troops and thousands of Afghan civilians have died in Operation Enduring Freedom, including 39 civilians just last weekend from another disastrous NATO airstrike. Won't you join us in writing to NATO Command and General Stanley McChrystal to tell them that this is an unacceptable toll?
Use our tool below to let General McChrystal know that we cannot continue to sacrifice military servicemembers or terrorize and dehumanize the Afghan people!
*Note a formal letter salutation will be automatically added to your email*
THANK YOU TO ALL THE SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE ALREADY SIGNED THIS LETTER!
Have a Heart!
Join the Stolen Beauty AHAVA boycott campaign in contacting Ricky’s NYC, a family-owned chain store in New York City, to tell them, ‘Stop carrying AHAVA cosmetics! AHAVA means love in Hebrew, but there is nothing loving about the company’s practices.’
Your email can make a difference. This past summer we delivered Stolen Beauty AHAVA boycott letters to store managers at fourteen of Ricky's outlets in the city. We followed up with letters and phone calls to the corporate headquarters and Mr. Costello's office. We also staged several in-store protests. In late August, Mr. Costello's assistant told us they had every intention of continuing to stock and sell AHAVA products. Let's see if we can't encourage a change of heart. Keep the snowball rolling and join us in sending a message to Ricky's NYC president, Dominick Costello.
Levin, Don't Leave Us Out in the Cold!
Won’t you write to Senator Carl Levin, Chair of the Armed Forces Committee, and ask him to save our communities by freezing the Pentagon budget? Use our simple, effective tool below to send an email—which you can personalize, if you wish—to tell Senator Levin not to let the American people get snowed by out of control Defense spending!
When Obama mentioned his proposed “spending freeze” during the State of the Union, it gave us the chills. Not because we are against fiscal responsibility, but because freezing domestic spending isn’t going to cure the deficit and we all know there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell if defense spending remains unchecked! We are concerned that this focus on fire power will leave the American people out in the cold.
Losing Hope, Taking Action
Madame Mubarak, Let the Gaza Freedom March Enter Gaza!
Baskets delivered to the women of Gaza on International Women's Day
The Egyptian government announced Monday that the border between Gaza and Egypt will be closed, just in time for 1,346 men, women, and children from 42 countries—the Gaza Freedom March—to arrive in Cairo.
It’s too late to turn back now. We will proceed, and are asking Egypt to permit the march to go on.
This has happened with each delegation we have taken but with the right pressure we have succeeded in crossing the border each time. Our first attempt was made possible thanks to First Lady Suzanne Mubarak. For International Women’s Day we were taking in thousands of pink baskets of aid for the women in Gaza. As we made our way to the border we passed truck after truck brimming with rotting material aid that the Egyptians had not allowed into Gaza. But our outreach to Madame Mubarak proved fruitful as we were met by the Egyptian Red Crescent, which she chairs and proceeded into Gaza with no problems.
When we arrive in Cairo on Sunday, December 27, the one-year anniversary of the Israeli invasion of Gaza, we will call on Mrs. Mubarak to once more open her heart to the suffering across her border. We have been writing letters and making calls to her office for months now, and we hope that she will intercede on our behalf to make sure we can bring our humanitarian aid—children’s medicines, clothing and school supplies—to the families in Gaza who are suffering.
As we pack the peace flags sent from around the country to wave in support of the people of Gaza, toys for the children, and material aid. Thousands of us want to spend our holiday actually pursuing peace on Earth, and goodwill toward men and women.
You can apply pressure from home by emailing Mrs. Mubarak a letter similar to ours below. Thank you.
Contact the Egyptian government for the Gaza Freedom March
Using the pretext of escalating tensions on the Gaza-Egypt border, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry informed us December 20th that the Rafah border will be closed over the coming weeks, into January. We responded that there is always tension at the border because of the siege, that we do not feel threatened, and that if there are any risks, they are risks we are willing to take.
Please contact Egyptian embassies and missions all over the world with a clear message: Let the international delegation enter Gaza, let the Gaza Freedom March proceed!
Use our tool below to send an email directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo, Egypt. You can use our suggested text and/or add your own message.
**Additionally, you can call Hisham Seif-Eldin, Director Palestinian Affairs in Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cairo, Egypt (tel 25741344 fax 25749682) and/or the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C. at 202-895-5400
or find your local consulate here and appeal to them on behalf of the Gaza Freedom Marchers: http://www.mfa.gov.eg/MFA_Portal/en-GB/mfa_websits/
Tell Obama No Surge!
Send your own letter to President Obama to urge him to say No to Escalation in Afghanistan.
President Obama is currently poised to send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan and the Pentagon is gearing up to ask for another $50 billion in funding for the wars (on top of the $130 billion they have already received.) We can’t afford to let this happen—the human and financial costs are both way too high. We need to use our voices to end this quagmire today.
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Invite Obama to Meet with the Peace Movement!
Barack Obama was elected in large part because of his promise to end the Iraq War and we want to hold him to that pledge. You can send Obama and his team a letter asking him to sit down with leaders of the peace and anti-war movement to talk about bringing home our troops. Read CODEPINK's “Let’s Talk” invitation to the President below, add in your own words, sign your name and zip code, and send your letter. Your letter will be automatically sent to Obama via the www.whitehouse.gov website through a few clicks on our website--now there's action magic! Let’s model how we arrive at peace by starting here at home and using our words, not weapons.