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Report: July 4th CODEPINK Bannering to DEMILITARIZE at Home & Abroad!

Report Back: East Bay, July 4th 2020 Bannering.
By Eleanor Levine & Toby Blomé
 
Drawing attention to the connection between the need for demilitarization both at “Home and Abroad,” we displayed  DEFUND the POLICE and DEFUND the PENTAGON banners in both directions to motorists in Berkeley, CA, on the I-80 pedestrian overpass.  One side was accompanied with a large DEMILITARIZE banner, helping to tie the urgent needs together.  Money for Human Needs Now!  At 10 am when we arrived, 10 supporters were waiting to help banner. It was truly amazing! We stayed for over two hours enjoying the glorious weather-perfect morning while “communicating” with passersby and motorists.  Eleanor and Toby, holding the fort for the 2nd hour, passed the time playing crossword puzzles and Swedish folk music on nyckelharpa, respectively.  Hopefully we’ll be back soon….JOIN US!  Bring your instruments!

4th of July Liberation from Police and War!

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This July 4, we’re not celebrating. We know that no one is free and liberated until we all are — and war oppresses everyone. Instead of celebrating, we’re taking to the streets in car caravans across the country to demand liberation from police and war. We have caravans in cities from Washington D.C. to Taos, to San Francisco. Sign up here to engage locally to call for independence from cops and war

For true liberation, we need to defund the police and defund war. Did you know that the Pentagon has so much money they’ve sent $7.4 billion in “surplus” military weapons to local police departments since the 1990’s?

We spend over 55% of our discretionary budget on the Pentagon every year and almost half of that money goes into the pockets of private weapons manufacturers while the American people remain without sufficient health care or other necessities.

Even if you can’t join a car caravan this weekend, you can join us in demanding liberation from police and war by contacting your Representative and Senators and ask them to support a 10% cut to the Pentagon budget   

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To Address the War Economy, We Have to Start in our Own Communities

CODEPINK has endorsed the Poor People’s Campaign’s Moral Budget to emphasize a simple framework: We need to divest $350 billion from the Pentagon budget and instead invest it in social programs like Universal healthcare, education, and a Green New Deal. We also need to enact these priorities in our local communities, taking action to #DivestFromWar locally. 

This week Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Pramilla Jayapal have introduced a historic bill to cut the Pentagon budget by a whopping $350 billion—the exact amount called for by the Poor People’s Campaign.

Will you help them make history and ask your representative to support Barbara Lee and over 20 organizations who have endorsed the bill to cut Pentagon spending and invest in social programs?

Not only do we have to advocate to cut the Pentagon budget so we can invest in programs that will benefit people, we also have to work to organize people to take on the war machine in their local communities.

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Memorial Day Peace Caravan/Demonstrators Drive to Donate to Homeless in San Jose

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by Ruth Robertson
Tuesday May 26th, 2020 9:10 AM

Photos by Simona Martin, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

On May 25, a Peace Caravan of activists drove in decorated cars through the streets of San Jose to demand human rights to health, housing, education, a living wage and all the components of a dignified life. The colorful caravan of about a dozen cars ended their protest at a homeless encampment where they made a donation and received thanks from Scott Wagers who serves and ministers to the city’s unhoused.

Participants in a Peace Caravan on Memorial Day say the holiday was established as a day to honor American service members who died in wars. But, they said on May 25th, glorification of war has never seemed more wrong than now, during this pandemic.

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CODEPINK Memorial Day PEACE Car-avan & Rally

CODEPINK Memorial Day PEACE Car-avan & Rally

Report back by Eleanor & Toby     

Photos by Leon Kunstenaar, unless otherwise stated.

A Pinked-Up 15 car CODEPINK car-avan marked Memorial Day 2020 with  “HONOR the DEAD, END WAR” messaging, traversing through the streets of  Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge, along the windy streets of the Presidio (a former army base), past its veteran’s cemetery, exiting at Lombard Street to our final destination, California Senator Diane Feinstein’s Pacific Heights mansion. The Gandhi Mobile played the “caboose,” and Eleanor played the U.S. Bride Wedded to War!  We were joined by another dozen people for a rally, challenging Feinstein to support Americans and all other people around the world by ending war, cutting the military budget, and ending sanctions. We implored her to direct resources from the Pentagon to support legislation funding jobs, housing, food access, education, health care, and the growth of a sustainable green society. Read letter to Feinstein and House Speaker Pelosi below.  View more photos HERE by Indybay photographer Leon Kunstenaar. A colorful altar memorialized those killed by recent US Wars and the  costs of endless war. The senator was publicly “Pink-slipped again (for the umpteenth time), with a Giant Pink Slip, for her decades-long failed leadership on U.S. foreign policy. 

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The national CodePink organization organizes for justice for Iraqis and to hold war criminals accountable. CodePink actively opposes the U.S. war in Afghanistan, torture, the detention center at Guantanamo, weaponized and spy drones, the prosecution of whistleblowers, U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and repressive regimes.

Rooted in a network of local organizers, CodePink's tactics include satire, street theatre, creative visuals, civil resistance, and directly challenging powerful decision-makers in government and corporations. And, of course, wearing pink!