March 19th 2007, 4 Year Anniversary of the Occupation in Iraq
||Pittsburgh says 4 years is TOO MANY!!|
January 27th Mass Mobilization in Washington, D.C.
"WOMEN SAY PULL OUT!!!"
||Thanks to all CODEPINK Pittsburgh members and friends of CODEPINK who made the January 27 National March a GREAT Success.|
|Mother's Day, 2007
On Sunday, May 13th, Codepink Pittsburgh Women for Peace gathered for
their fourth annual Mother's Day Peace Vigil. Many moms gathered with
their children recognizing that Mother's Day across the globe can be a
sad time for all the mother's in the US and Iraq who have lost their
children to war. This years vigil was dedicated to the 3,300 US troops
who have died, the over 600,000 Iraqis who have lost their lives in
this globally destabilizing war, and the 150,000 mentally and
physically disabled veterans returning home whoes lives will be changed
forever. Members of Codepink held candles and a large pink banner
reading "MOMS SAT NO TO WAR", as the names of the PA national guardsmen
killed in the war in Iraq were read.
|"We're Women, We're Marching, We're Not Out Shopping", November 2005
On Friday, November 25, the biggest shopping day of the year, CODEPINK Pittsburgh held their annual "Women Don't Buy The War Event" in downtown Pittsburgh. About 25 people gathered on a freezing day to protest the financial and human cost of war. CODEPINK passed out Bush Bucks, telling consumers how much each household will have to pay for the war. Large pink price tags were also distributed, highlighting the high human and financial costs from this illegal occupation. CODEPINK Pittsburgh turned black Friday PINK!!
Mass Mobilization in Washington D.C., September 2005
Welcome to Washington! CODEPINK Pittsburgh joined the sea of pink on the streets of Washington DC, September 24. Hundreds of CODEPINK
members from across the United States marched together, led into the
main rally by Joan Baez, and Cindy Sheehan. Pittsburgh sponsored 14
buses of anti war protestors.
|More from the Mall- September 24-26, 2005
Cowgirls for Peace
|Bring Them Home Now Tour, September 11, 2005
September 11, as part of the Bring Them Home Now Tour, CODEPINK
Pittsburgh joined Cindy Sheehan and others on Flagstaff Hill in Oakland
for Camp Neil, a peace picnic, and candelight vigil.
Stop the Next War NOW! CODEPINK Book Tour,
October 29-30, 2005
CODEPINK Pittsburgh was proud to host a book signing with Medea Benjamin, founder of Global Exchange and co founder of CODEPINK Women for Peace. Medea was at Barnes and Nobel Bookstore in Squirrel Hill, Saturday, October 29 from 7 to 9pm.
Medea signed copies of CODEPINK's new book STOP THE NEXT WAR NOW.
October 30 - Medea Benjamin also spoke at the University of Pittsburgh campus.
George, Meet With Cindy! August, 2005
In support of Cindy Sheehan, CODEPINK
Pittsburgh Women for Peace held two demonstrations in downtown
Pittsburgh at the Federal Building, Thursday August 11, and Friday
August 12. Many anti war activists have joined this brave lady to help
raise awareness about the atrocities of the occupation of Iraq, and the
deaths of over 1800 US military, and countless Iraqis. CODEPINK
Pittsburgh wanted to bring Cindy's voice here to our own city. Diane
Davis Santoriello and her husband Neal attended both demonstrations in
support of military families across the US who have lost loved ones.
The Santoriello's son, Neal, Jr., was killed August 13, 2004 in Iraq.
Holding a photo of her son, Diane said sadly, "my son died for this
unjust and senseless war." CODEPINK unfurled a large banner reading "George Talk To Cindy"
|2 Year Anniversary of the Occupation of Iraq, March 18-19, 2005
Over 3,000 people took to the streets of Pittsburgh March 19, marking two years since the US led invasion of Iraq. CODEPINK Pittsburgh, and The Pittsburgh Organizing Group kicked off the weekend with a banner drop, in which pink banners reading WOMEN SAY PULL OUT,
were dropped over major highway overpasses in Pittsburgh. Some of the
banners stayed in place for twelve to fourteen hours, reminding
Pittsburgh motorists the war continues, and we demand a timeline for
troop withdraw from Iraq.
Friday evening, March 18, CODEPINK women joined other local activists in an all night peace vigil, commemorating those that have lost their lives in the war.
|A large pink
block of women marched on March 19 along the two mile route joining
Squirrel Hill with Oakland. Wearing pink slips and chanting "Pull Out Bush, We Wish Your Daddy Had", "BLOOD FOR OIL, YOU KNOW THERE'S A LINK", "We're Women, We're Marching, We're Not Out Shopping!" CODEPINK Pittsburgh let their presence known.
|Women Say Pull Out! Valentine's Day Event with Diva's, February 12, 2005
Diva's, a sassy consignment boutique on Pittsburgh's Southside, and
CODEPINK Pittsburgh, a sassy women's peace and social justice group,
teamed up to create a very pink pre-Valentine's Day MAKE LOVE NOT WAR
event. Diva's store window was decked out top
to bottom in pink, featuring clothes and accessories in all shades of
pink, anti-war Valentine's Day flyers, beautiful photo prints, by
Philomena O'Dea, featuring CODEPINK Pittsburgh women at peace rallies,
and large block letters spelling out WOMEN AGAINST WAR. Bright pink
balloons fluttered in the wind. Inside and out, handmade jewelry,
scarves, and decorated tee shirts were on sale to benefit CODEPINK.
Women decked out in pink slips stood outside on the curb holding
posters, talking with people walking by and passing out flyers up and
down Carson Street. The Radical Cheerleaders added spice to the event
with several rousing cheers, performed under a large pink banner
declaring, WOMEN SAY PULL OUT, hung from a billboard across the street.
|Women Don't Buy the War Rally, November 2004
Black Friday, November 24, Codepink Pittsburgh Women for Peace held
their third annual Women Don't Buy The War rally in downtown
Pittsburgh. As busy consumers rushed by, Codepink members held signs
reading Shop Less Live More, and unfurled a large banner reading Don't
Buy The War. Large pink price tags were passed out which detailed the
financial and human cost of war, and how much money we would have for
programs here at home if we were not spending so much on the military.
The event was in coordination with national Buy Nothing Day, sponsored
by Adbusters Magazine, and was covered on local radio and tv stations.Read Pittsburgh City Article with local CODEPINK woman Francine Porter
All photography above was provided by the most wonderful peace photographer in the universe - Philomena O'Dea, who CODEPINK Pittsburgh is continually grateful to for her endless support and efforts to our local peace movement.
Photos also contributed by Edith Wilson and Marie Skoczylas
CODEPINK Pittsburgh displayed its creative approach to raising awareness about the atrocities of war, and its commitment to the vision of a better world supported by the solidarity of resistance and the continued united struggle for peace.
In the next several months, CODEPINK Pittsburgh will turn its attention to focusing on highlighting the local costs of the war, and it's impact on our local communities. Cuts in social programs, education, healthcare, nutrition, housing and transit, while federal dollars are diverted away from our Pittsburgh communities, will be the major focus of our future actions. In the month of May, CODEPINK Pittsburgh, in collaboration with The Palestinian Solidarity Committee, and The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, will present WOMEN SAY NO TO WAR Film Festival at Tazza D'Oro Coffeeshop in Highland Park. Every Tuesday evening in May, compelling films seen through a woman's perspective depicting the devastation's of war, struggles for peace, and impact of globalization will be shown.