CODEPINK women across America to mark Iraq War's sixth anniversary

March 16th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     March 17, 2009    CONTACT
Jean Stevens, CODEPINK national media coordinator, 508-769-2138
Rae Abileah, CODEPINK local groups coordinator, 415-994-1723

CODEPINK women across America to mark Iraq War's sixth anniversary
Call for immediate withdrawal from Iraq, aid to Afghanistan, end to war economy


WHAT: CODEPINK events nationwide organized around sixth anniversary of Iraq War, occupation of Afghanistan
WHEN: March 18 to March 28
WHERE: Cities and towns across America

NATIONWIDE -- To recognize and mourn six tragic years of war in Iraq, CODEPINK women across America on its anniversary this year will host rallies, film screenings, marches and conferences, connecting the failing U.S. economy with continued military spending.

This March 18 to 28, most will call on Pres. Obama to keep his campaign promise to withdraw all troops from Iraq by early 2010, urge him to stop any military efforts in Afghanistan and rely on diplomacy first and last. They will also call for investigation and prosecution of U.S. officials, proper care for American veterans and refugees.

"After six devastating years of war, thousands of people from San Francisco to Central Florida are planning inspiring marches, vigils, film screenings and more to continue the call for end to war, proper care for veterans, and a reinvestment in America," said Rae Abileah, CODEPINK's local groups' coordinator. "In every pocket of the country this month, they'll tell Obama they want U.S.-Middle East foreign relations to be replaced with diplomacy and peaceful solutions."

Born in the lead up to the Iraq War in 2003, CODEPINK Women for Peace has become a vibrant, creative voice in the peace movement, an outlet especially for women in the United States and worldwide. The consistent hard work of thousands in more than 200 chapters worldwide has helped to turn public opinion against the atrocities of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza.

Nearly two dozen sixth anniversary events are planned thus far nationwide, and more are currently being finalized. For updated information, please visit the CODEPINK website here or call Jean Stevens, national media coordinator, at 508-769-2138.

Tempe, AZ: March 19
    •    5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Vigil, talk with Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under Pres. Clinton, and social @ Arizona State University.
Contact: Liz Hourican at endthewarcoalition@cox.net

Bay Area, CA: March 19-21
    •    Week of actions include United for Peace and Justice vigils at BART stations.
    •    11 a.m. March 21 Rally/march  from Justin Herman Plaza (Embarcadero) to Civic Center Plaza.
Led by the ANSWER coalition. Contact: rae@codepinkalert.org.  For more information, visit here.

Washington, DC: March 21

    •    12 p.m March on the Pentagon to say “Bring the Troops Home NOW!” begins @ 23rd & Constitution.
More than 1,300 organizations and individuals have endorsed. Contact: Blaine Clarke, blaine@codepinkalert.org.

Largo, Fl.: March 19
    •    7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All day rally calling for immediate withdrawal of troops, closing of bases @ Clock Tower, City Park.
Hosted by Florida Peace Action Network. Contact" Heidi Ferrara, heidi@riseuptampabay.com.

Melbourne, Fl.: March 28
•    2 p.m. Mass march from @ Front Street Park (2205 Front Street) to Melbourne City Hall.
Hosted by Patriots for Peace, Humanists for Peace, and Central Florida Veterans for Peace. Contact: Jeff Nall, sabletide@yahoo.com    .  

Fort Myers, Fl.: March 19
    •    12 p.m. "Eyes Wide Open!"  shoe display of fallen Iraqi civilians and US Troops @ Centennial Park, downtown Fort Myers at the river.
Sponsored by Environmental and Peace Education Center, AFSC, Military Families Speak Out, CODEPINK SW FL. Contact: Holley Rauen, hrauen@comcast.net.

Tampa, Fl.: March 19

    •    4:30 to 6 p.m. Protest of six years of illegal occupation, call for jobs and education @ Federal Courthouse, 801 N Florida Ave, Tampa.
Sponsored by CODEPINK Tampa Bay, Citizens for Sanity. Contact: Heidi Ferrara, heidi@riseuptampabay.com.

Wichita, KS: March 20
    •    5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Speak out against the wars -- Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine -- @ East 2nd and Mead at the Warren Old Town Square.
   Sponsored by Peace and Social Justice Center, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and others. Contact: Peace Center, staff@wichitapeace.org.

Muskegon, MI: March 21
    •    12:30 to 6 p.m. Day of workshops and round-table discussions surrounding veterans' concerns @ Bethany Christian Reformed Church, 1105 Terrace St.
Sponsored by CODEPINK, Community of Veterans, Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs and more. Contact Terrie Hampel at terrieham@hotmail.com.

Columbia, MO: March 21
    •    1 p.m. Rally to end the wars @ Courthouse Square, 814 E Walnut.
    Sponsored by Columbia Peace Coalition, St. Louis Instead of War Coalition. Contact Mid Missouri Peaceworks at mail@midmopeaceworks.org

Kansas City, MO: March 22
   •    2 p.m. Screening of "War Made Easy" film, narrated by Sean Penn, @ organizer's home.
For location and more information, contact coordinator Deanna Kline at klinedeanna@rocketmail.com.

New York, NY:
•     12 p.m. March 18 CODEPINK, Granny Peace Brigade mark Time Square's Military Island a "crime scene" @ 44th St. and Broadway recruitment center.
•     6 p.m. Documentary "Operation Lysistrata" screening with panel discussion @ Int'l Youth Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Ave.
    Sponsored by CODEPINK NYC, Peace Action New York and others. Contact: Nancy Kricorian, nancy@codepinkalert.org.

Philadelphia, PA: March 19
    •    12 p.m. Rally on March 19 at Philadelphia City Hall, Market & Broad Sts.
Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community, Delaware River Area CODEPINK and more. Contact: Domenic Roberti, droberti@sju.edu.