For Immediate Release: June 20th, 2010
Contact:  Medea Benjamin, Rae Abileah, 415-994-1723

HUMMER to be buried at Joyful Ceremony in Motor City

Women’s peace group CODEPINK puts gaz-guzzling hulk to rest

When: Monday, June 21, installation happening 11am-4pm, ceremony 4- 6 pm
Where: Heidelberg Project, corner of Heidelberg and Ellery Streets, Detroit

One month after the last Hummer rolled off the production line, the women's peace group CODEPINK will give the Hummer a proper burial. The art installation will include a real Hummer buried in the ground at the world-famous Heidelberg Project. The Hummer will be painted pink (to symbolize peace), and overflowing with plants, flowers and butterflies to symbolize a more sustainable, green future.

A team will be building and decorating the Hummer between 11 am - 4 pm, and 4-6 pm we'll hold a ceremonial memorial.

CODEPINK has had a decade-long campaign encouraging people to reject the Hummer and is ready to celebrate its demise. “The Hummer was the symbol of a macho, gaz-guzzling, war-glorifying era that is thankfully coming to an end,” says CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “We are anxious to put the Hummer to rest and help generate a new era of renewable energy and green jobs.”

“My generation has been asked to kill and die for oil in Iraq--soldiers dying in their Humvees so Americans can go joy-riding in their Hummers,” says CODEPINK organizer Rae Abileah. “We say ‘No more wars for oil, we want a green, peaceful future.'”

Read more here about why CODEPINK is burying the Hummer.