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For Immediate Release: August 25th, 2008

CODEPINK to create "Make Out Not War” giant aerial image, photographed by acclaimed aerial artist John Quigley

Jean Stevens, 508-769-2138
Jodie Evans, co-founder, 310-827-3046

CODEPINK to create "Make Out Not War” giant aerial image, photographed by acclaimed aerial artist John Quigley

WHAT: Hundreds of CODEPINK members and other peacemakers to form aerial image
WHEN:  5 to 7 p.m. Mon. Aug. 25
WHERE: Cuernavaca Park, 20th St. and Little Raven, Denver

DENVER --  An immense crowd of CODEPINK women and thousands of others will form an incredible image in Cuernavaca Park here to be captured only hundreds of feet from the air: the words “Make Out Not War” written on the ground alongside a pouting pair of lips!
    This living-art image, a visual representation of peace and justice in the heart of the Democratic National Convention, will be photographed by famed aerial artist John Quigley. It will inspire everyone participating and especially those who view it.
    “We are embodying peace in a creative and connective way,” said Dana Balicki, national campaign coordinator.  “By joining hands with thousands of others into this shape, and these words, we will show the world in breathtaking scale that we are ready for peace.”
    As the thousands of participants form the words and image, they will be entertained by acclaimed artists Betsy Rose, Rachel Bagby, Morley and more. CODEPINK will also present Pink Badge of Courage Awards to amazing women for peace.
    Hundreds of members of leading peace nonprofit group, CODEPINK, are attending the both the Democratic and Republican conventions to bring the message of peace, in creative, disarming, provocative, playful, serious, inspiring ways.  They aim to create community,  learn from each other, support the bigger community of activists and make peace attractive.  Most importantly, they also wish to empower others to be a Delegate for Peace and stand with them in unity.

For more information, contact Jean Stevens, national media coordinator, at 508-769-2138 or e-mail jean@codepinkalert.org.

About John Quigley: John Quigley, a renowkned aerial artist of California, has coordinated and photographed dozens of immense images formed by hundreds of people, to creative positive messages promoting environmental protection, peace and civil liberties. Visit his Web site for images and information: http://www.spectralq.com/.

CODEPINK, founded in 2002, is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into health care, education and other life-affirming activities. We reject the Bush administration's fear-based politics that justify violence, and instead call for policies based on compassion, kindness and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence. Codepinkalert.org.