CODEPINK was delighted to participate in the September Swarm demonstrations outside BlackRock offices.
In Los Angeles, the CODEPINK team held a car caravan to the BlackRock office in Santa Monica. CODEPINKers brought the message of BlackRock: Stop Making a Killing on Killing!
In San Francisco, Bay Area CODEPINKers participated in an evening light brigade shining a light on the need to defund war. Later in the month, Cynthia Papermaster led a group of CODEPINK activists, Nancy Mancias, Jackie Barshak, Lotus Fong, Grace Severtson, Mishwa, and Luck-key, in a participatory procession to BlackRock’s Financial District office along with climate change activists affiliated with the Stop the Money Pipeline movement.
We are writing to you today with exciting news. After 18 years of nonstop engagement of this wonderful organization, the two of us—Jodie and Medea— are stepping back from our role as co-directors so that three younger, brilliant and capable women can step forward.
The new co-directors will be:
Farida Alam, our multi-talented web manager (don’t forget to check out our brand new website!), art designer and logistical miracle-maker, who has been with CODEPINK for 15 years, will now also be taking on human resources and organizational planning;
Ariel Gold, who came to us 5 years ago as U.S. Middle East foreign policy expert, became co-director in 2018 and will continue in that role;
Carley Towne, a dynamo organizer and activist, will lead our Divest from War and Defund the Pentagon programs, as well as team management and community outreach.
San Luis Obispo City Council voted 5-0 to divest from the war machine! Read below to learn more about how a grassroots campaign took on the war machine in SLO–and won!
After six months of organizing, thanks to the support of passionate community members, San Luis Obispo City Council voted 5-0 to divest from the war machine. The City of SLO is now adopting a new socially responsible investment screening policy—one that will exclude industries like weapons manufacturers, fossil fuels, and private prisons!
This is a huge victory, and we should celebrate. The pressure we put on SLO City Council not only achieved tangible policy shifts, it also regenerated support for a lasting peace movement in the city.
On Saturday, September 26 2020, activists joined the national movement to stand out for the elimination of nuclear weapons and to call on Congress to divest from war and invest in human needs.
From San Francisco, CA to Taos, New Mexico, to Chicago, IL activists demonstrated to draw attention to the billions of dollars we spend on nuclear weapons in our $740 billion Pentagon budget annually. Many protested outside of their Congressional representative’s office to hold them accountable for their vote on legislation to cut the Pentagon budget by 10%. Make sure you check here to see how they voted on historic legislation to cut the Pentagon budget by 10% and hold them accountable if they voted no!
Below are highlights from actions held across the country:
September 27 – October 3, 2020
(Sunday through Saturday)
Please Register HERE
UPDATE: Our 2020 weeklong fall convergence to resist U.S. killer drones in the Nevada desert has been scheduled! We can’t wait to work together again to nonviolently oppose the barbaric and deadly drone assassination program at Creech AFB that terrorizes communities around the world.
There are a group of us who are committed to SDC Fall 2020, in spite of the pandemic. We will observe social distancing, tent camp and take other precautions to keep everyone safe. We ask that you weigh the risks carefully. The registration form articulates the measures we will follow. We ask that participants drive and not fly or use other forms of transportation to arrive to Creech. For further details please check the Housing & Transportation page on this website.