CODEPINK Actions During the RNC

August 27, 2012

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CODEPINK Actions During the RNC

CODEPINK Women for Peace has a delegation of activists from around the country on the ground in Tampa this week protesting the Republican agenda and specifically calling out the GOP war on women's rights.  CODEPINK will demonstrate at both the RNC and DNC to hold both parties accountable for ongoing support for war and killer drones, misuse of national resources in the face of economic recession, and corporate money in politics. CODEPINK activists have already coordinated and participated in numerous actions surrounding the RNC including a protest at Raytheon in St. Petersburg, a vagina-costumed demo outside Ralph Reed's Faith & Freedom Coalition rally, the launch of “Millionaires for Mitt” outside the RNC Welcome Party at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and at the Chevron-sponsored RNC welcome party in Tampa, and more.  

Short list of events and actions that CODEPINK will participate in this week:

What: Coalition March on the RNC - Permitted Rally and March
When: 10am, Monday, August 27
Where: Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1200 N. Orange Avenue, corner of Scott and Orange
Visuals: CODEPINK contingent will carry giant vaginas, large banners, balloons

What: March for our Lives
When: 3-5:30 pm, Monday, August 27
Where: March departs from Romneyville, 1312 N Tampa St.
Details: March coordinated by the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.

What: Celebration of Resistance Concert
When: 8pm, Monday, August 27
Where: New World Brewery in Tampa, Florida, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa, Florida 33605
Details: Headlining musician is singer/songwriter David Rovics, CODEPINK will perform “Take Your Vagina to the RNC”

What: Republican Senate Leadership Committee party with Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Jeb Bush, and others  
When: Protest starts at 9:30pm, Party starts at 10pm, Monday, August 27

Where: The Cuban Club
, 2010 Republica de Cuba (14th Avenue), 
Ybor City, FL 33605

Visuals: Arrest War Criminals signage, handcuffs, arrest warrants, and large signs

What: Roving Radical Dance Party
When: 11 pm, Monday, August 27
Where: Begins at Centennial Park, 1800 East 8th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605
Visuals: Dancing vaginas, and large banners
Details: Organized by a coalition


What: The NRA and Congressional Sportsmen hold a shootout competition at the
When: 8:45am for 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 28
Where: Tampa Bay Sporting Clays 10514 Ehren Cutoff, Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Details: Vigil and die-in to mourn the loss of lives to gun violence in the US, including Florida resident Trayvon Martin, residents of Aurora, CO, members of the Sihk community in Michigan, and thousands of other innocent victims

What: Demonstration Outside StudentsFirst, Twentieth Century Fox & Walden Media
When: 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Tuesday, August 28

Where: The Straz Center
1010 MacInnes Place
, Tampa, FL 33602

12:30 PM Reception with Special Guests

2:00 PM Private Screening of Won't Back Down
Panel immediately following screening with:
Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State
Gov. Jeb Bush, Chairman of Foundation for Excellence in Education

What: Really Really Free Market
When: 12-4 pm, Tuesday, August 28
Where: Voice of Freedom Park, 2101 W. Main St., Tampa, Florida 33607

What: Demonstration outside Cocktails & Conversation with former Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, hosted by the Foreign Policy Initiative, The Tampa Club.
When: 4 p.m., Tuesday, August 28
Where: The Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd #4200, Tampa, FL 33602

What: Voter suppression rally with African-American and Hispanic groups organizing against voter record purging 
Rainbow Push, SWER, FCAN.
When: 5pm, Tuesday, August 28
Where: Centennial Park, 1800 East 8th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

What: CODEPINK and Art 2 Action Cohost "Bring Your Vagina" Open Mic
When: 10pm, Tuesday, August 28
Where: Hamburger Mary's, 1600 E. 7th Ave., 2nd Floor, Ybor City, Tampa FL
Details: A creative forum for women's issues, speaking out against war & violence, supporting marriage equality, and more during the week of Republican Convention protests in Tampa.  


What: Young Guns Network's “Women's Pavillion Tampa”, “The Best Defense? US Foreign Policy” discussion
When: 10:00-11:30 am, Wednesday, August 29th
Where: Just one block from the Tampa Bay Times Forum
 (Location TBD)
Details: CODEPINK will bring the majority women's voice to the Women's Pavilion with costumes, signs, and creative songs

What: “Fix Shit Up”
When: 10am-6pm, Wednesday, August 29th

Where: Voice of Freedom Park 
2101 W. Main St., Tampa, Florida 33607

“Fix Shit Up” is a coalition effort to voice opposition to the RNC agenda while giving back to the local community. Activists will help repair and weather houses and clean up neighborhoods. Quote from the outreach flyer: “We choose to arm ourselves, not with bricks or bombs, but with the only tools necessary to truly build: the desire, courage, and commitment to turn our dreams into reality… and maybe a few hammers, nails, and recycle bins!”

What: Demonstration outside ONE/US Global Leadership coalition event. Speakers include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), and former White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten. 

When: 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 29th  
Where: Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 1913 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602

What: How Wall Street is Burning Democracy 
Workshop with Global Exchange

When: 1-2pm, Wednesday, August 29th
Where: Cafe Hey, 1540 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL

What: Planned Parenthood Rally for Women's Rights
When: 2-3:30pm, Wednesday, August 29th
Where: Vaginas 
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 North Boulevard, Tampa

Details: CODEPINK will bring vagina costumes and banners to this rally.

What: Demonstration outside The Republican Jewish Coalition's Salute to Pro-Israel Elected Officials
When: 4 p.m., Wednesday, August 29th
Where: Crowne Plaza Tampa-Westshore, Treasure Island Ballroom.
Details: CODEPINK will protest US financial support for Israeli human rights violations and the occupation of Palestinian territory.  


What: Final Rally "Coronation of the 1%"
When: 8-10pm, Thursday, August 30th
Where: Centennial Park
Details: Organized by a coalition of groups.  CODEPINK codirector Medea Benjamin will speak at the rally.

“Women's rights are taking a serious pounding from anti-choice legislation to economic inequality to wars overseas that steal resources needed for healthcare and education,” said CODEPINK co-director Medea Benjamin. “We'll be at the RNC demanding respect, economic fairness and peace.”

“We are calling for people-powered elections that prioritize human needs over war and greed,” said CODEPINK co-director Jodie Evans.  “Given the amount of corporate money in the election, the United States isn't even attempting democracy anymore.  We will be at both the RNC and DNC to shine a light on the lies and greed that continue to strip too many Americans of their rights, property and dignity.”  

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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.