CODEPINK Launches 24-hour Emergency Peace-In Vigil outside Berkeley City Hall

Contact: Medea Benjamin, (415) 235.6517
Rae Abileah, (415) 994.1723

February 11th, 2008


Responds to Pro-War Attack on Marine Recruiting Station Campaign


When: Monday, February 11, 7pm until 7pm on Tuesday February 12th, when the Berkeley City Council meets.

Where: Maudelle Shirek City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley. (at Allston Way, 4 blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART).

Members of the women's peace group CODEPINK launched a campaign to close the Berkeley Marine Recruiting Station. The pro-war forces, represented by the group Move America Forward, are mobilizing to descend on Berkeley on Tuesday, February 12, starting at 5am! They plan to spend the day attempting to intimidate the peace-loving City and City Council.

“This struggle is not about the Marines as individuals. It's about the occupation of Iraq. It's about recruiting our youth to be those occupying forces in Iraq. It's about the 1.2 million dead Iraqis, the 3,950 dead U.S. soldiers, the trillions of dollars of our taxpayer money,” states Medea Benjamin cofounder of CODEPINK. “It's about respecting the right of the people of Berkeley to say no to war!”

The peace group will also hold a press conference at 12pm on February 12 with members of the Berkeley City Council. Both pro- and anti-war forces will be at the City Council meeting that starts 7pm (when the peace-in vigil ends).

For more information on the Berkeley Marine Recruiting Station visit (http://www.codepinkalert.org/berkeleyrecruiting)

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CODEPINK is the national women's peace group that has most recently garnered international attention when its members confronted Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice with red painted hands to represent the Iraqi blood on the hands of the US Administration. 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. Visit www.codepinkalert.org for more information