Members of Congress Inducted into the Hall of Shame
CODEPINK, anti-war groups tell Congress to ‘shape up or we will vote you out’
CODEPINK Women for Peace will lead a coalition of anti-war
groups on a tour through the halls of Congress on Monday afternoon targeting
members who are staunch supporters of the Iraq war, encourage military strike
against Iran, violate civil liberties, and those who receive oil and defense
monies, andl induct various Members of Congress into the People’s Hall of
Shame. The delegation of about 50 women and men from around the country will
visit their representatives (House and Senate side) to shame them for
misrepresenting the will of the American people. A special visit is planned to
Ike Skelton’s office who just last week used profanities when referring to the
CODEPINK women present at the Petraeus hearing.
WHEN: Monday, September 17th, start at noon, rally at 1:30pm.
Press availability at both times and locations
WHERE: Lunch meeting at Rayburn Office Building Cafeteria at 12pm
Rally at entrance of the Rayburn Office Building on Independence Ave at 1:30pm
WHO: CODEPINK Women for Peace leading a delegation of approximately 50
women and men, members of ANSWER and other peace groups
VISUALS: Some out-of-touch Members of Congress will be given EXIT
STRATEGY certificates with a ‘how to’ for exiting the Hall of Shame as well as
some suggestions on getting out of Iraq; pink costumes, singing. Great photo
The guided tour will include office visits to Republicans and Democrats. Some
reps on the list are: Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who supports proposals to
exempt the CIA from any ban on torture, Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn) who has
called for military action on Iran’s nuclear facilities and has repeatedly
threatened Iran as response to alleged involvement in attacks on Americans in
Iraq and other Members of Congress.
"Many people in Congress have become totally disconnected from the people.
We see this in their support for the war in Iraq and a new war in Iran, and for
taking away our precious civil liberties," says CODEPINK cofounder Medea
Benjamin. "We'll be inducting these out-of-touch reps into the People's
Hall of Shame and telling them to 'shape up or we'll vote them out. We here in
Washington, D.C. must take the halls of Congress back for the People!” says
Desiree Fairooz, CODEPINK DC Coordinator.
CODEPINK is the national women's peace group that has most recently garnered
international attention when its members "disrupted" General
Petraeus' report on Iraq. Started in the lead-up to the Iraq war, CODEPINK has
inspired thousands of women throughout the United States and the world to make
the color pink synonymous with political rabble rousing.