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CODEPINK activists interrupt Sarah Palin’s RNC speech at side of the stage!

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Wed, Sep 3, 2008

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     CONTACT
Jodie Evans, co-founder, 310-913-4821

ST. PAUL — Two activists of the women’s peace group CODEPINK disrupted Sarah Palin’s speech tonight at the Republican National Convention when they approached the stage where Palin was speaking, adjusted their clothes to reveal pink slips that read “Palin is not a woman’s choice,” stood there at the side of the stage for about a minute and yelled “Women say no to war!” and “Women need a vice-president for peace!” They also removed banners that read “Women need a peace vice-president.”

Co-founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, who were given their tickets to the speech by a Republican delegate who was frustrated with the Republican party and Sarah Palin, caught the attention of Palin with their banners and shouting about 15 minutes into her speech. Palin stopped talking for a moment to turn to look at them. (Read a Washington Post description of the incident here: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/03/inside_the_convention_hall.html).

After another moment, security then grabbed Benjamin and Evans and escorted them one at a time out of the St. Paul Xcel Center, where they were held until the end of the Palin’s speech and told they would be arrested if they tried to reenter. They were told they’d committed an arrestable offense but they were not charged.

“Sarah Palin is not a woman’s choice,” said Jodie Evans, co-founder, moments after being released. “That’s it.”

CODEPINK is a nonpartisan women’s peace group. They vehemently oppose Palin’s pro-war, anti-environment, anti-choice positions. More details to come. For questions, please call Jodie Evans at 310-913-4821.

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  • haha

    code pink is for women who know there place. Go palin

  • http://www.inspiritry.com Anne McCrady

    Sadly,Sarah Palin’s speech was short on visionary ideas for the Greater Good and long on passive aggressive sarcasm. It was especially disturbing to watch Bible-based Republicans cheer as she smiled while delivering her tacky jabs. So much for good Christian values. If she represents her party’s leadership, no wonder this country is in such a mess. It’s hard to believe a mother could be so hateful with her children there to hear her speech. After 8 years of Bush-Cheney-Rove-Rumsfeld, the last thing America needs is more aggression. Democrats, progressives, women, Americans–we have to take back the future; there is simply too much at stake.

  • Michelle Horsley

    I knew it was Code Pink when I saw her pause and look!! Good job, ladies. Proud to be a member of Code Pink!

  • http://www.the-two-malcontents.com/2008/09/04/communist-code-pink-medea-benjamin-and-jodie-evans-attempt-to-storm-stage-during-sarah-palin-speech/ The Two Malcontents » Communist Code Pink (Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans) attempt to storm stage during Sarah Palin speech

    [...] Pink issued a press release a short while ago bragging about their attempt to disrupt Palin’s [...]

  • http://www.bucksright.com/major-obama-fundraiser-and-donor-crashes-palin-speech-867 Major Obama Fundraiser and Donor Crashes Palin Speech | Bucks Right

    [...] Pink has, of course, issued a Press Release to confirm the identities of the “ladies” who apparently attempted to attack Governor [...]

  • Eve

    No one tried to disrupt the DNC last week. I don’t understand why the Pinkers think it’s okay to mess with the RNC. Don’t they believe in free speech? Or do they only believe in THEIR speech. I’m glad security grabbed them and threw them out, they deserved it.

  • http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=2743 This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here » Blog Archive » Governor Palin’s speech at the RNC

    [...] name is visible Code Pink’s press release says they were given tickets by a GOP delegate http://codepink4peace.org/blog/2008/09/codepink-activists-interrrupt-sarah-palins-rnc-speech-at-side… Ann Echrich is an alternate delegate and RNC contributor [...]

  • admin

    Hey Eve,

    Just to correct your misguided assumption, in fact CODEPINK was out in full force last week disrupting everything we could at the DNC. Please check your facts next time, before you post, as we’ll simply delete comments in the future that are stupid and wrong. We’ve also deleted your follow-up comment, which accused us of not believing in free speech unless it’s the freedom to kill babies, because not only was it nonsensical, but it violated our comment policy by being stupid.

    We’re working hard to protect your right to freedom of speech, Eve—six of us in total were taken away by cops for doing so last night—and will happily post a trackback to your blog, should you wish to repost your comments there, but we’re under no obligation to devote time and energy to yet more pointless neocon mudslinging.

    We hear enough of that from our televisions, radios, and newspapers—and of course out on the streets when we do our actions. It’s intended to drown out our own message, and we simply won’t stand for that. We’re CODEPINK, Eve.

    Thanks for reading, though, as Medea and Jodie appreciate the support!

  • Elizabeth

    She’s not my cup of tea, either.

    But I don’t think it’s much to be proud of to try to shout someone down.

    And you know, until the cameras were on you, I had no idea you were there. So I really admire her for being so unflustered.

    I wish you guys would do something useful instead of being quite so dramatic and narcissistic. Good luck.

  • Rob

    And this isn’t something you would delete:

    “Woo-hoo! WAY TO GO, CODE PINK! Show that fucking breeder bitch and her retard baby that if she doesn’t drop out of this race she’s in for a thumping! Back to Alaska, you small-town loser!”

    Great.

  • Jean

    @ Michelle: where did you see that video clip of Palin pausing to look? I’m trying to find it…

  • admin

    Hey Elizabeth,

    If CP had actually succeeded in shouting Palin out and closing down the speech, I think you might have had a point. But this was a very small interruption in a very big machine. I’m not totally disagreeing with you, but I would urge you to think about who’s getting their message out and how, and the giant support thrown behind certain voices.

  • Jody

    I knew it had to be Code Pinkers hollerin at Palin’s speech!! I was so proud! We are all supporting you and getting the word out on what is happening at in the Twin Cities.

  • Katie

    I believe that you Code Pink women truly believe in your mission. However, as a military wife who has been through several deployments your ignorance astounds me. You are ready to put down any women who supports the war, yet you say you are for women’s rights. What about Sarah Palin’s right to free speech? Did you not impede that right when you interrupted her at the convention? I would like to see what you would say if the shoe was on the other foot. How many times are you interrupted during one of your speeches?

    You talk a lot, but do not want to listen to what anyone else has to say. Why should anyone listen to you?

  • Gerry Bley

    Go Code Pink! I love you audacious wonderful, right women. You are so important to the peace movement. Palin is a real scary person in high politaical position.

  • Maurice

    Hey Youngstown Democrat, nice post. See what type of loser you really are by bashing her about her retarded baby. Free speach is fine and profanity is the linguistic crutch of the illiterate M@#$F#$@, but why bash a little baby? As for the admin here, good to see you let stuff like that on your sight, makes me question if you would be a good group to support. As for Palin, man is she HOT!

  • Rich

    Code Pink is “non-partisan”? Give me a break.

  • Elizabeth

    Admin, thanks for the response, I appreciate your time and thoughtfulness. But I admit the more I read your supporters’ comments, the more horrified I am. (“Breeder” “Retard baby” — seriously, you want to shut Palin up, but that stuff you’re going to support?)

    I’ve opposed this war from the beginning, and I’m not voting for Palin. But I do listen to what other people have to say. I consider it a major obligation of democracy. I don’t appreciate someone’s trying to silence her as though I’m too stupid to form my own opinions if I listen.

    I just wish you folks focused more on your right to speak, instead of infringing that same right in others. I don’t think you’ll have much popular support as long as you gloat about shutting other people up instead of getting your own message out.

    And please don’t tell me how powerful those groups are. You’re Google-able this morning.

    Don’t you have something better to say than, “Wheee … made ya look?”

  • Rich

    # admin Says:
    September 4th, 2008 at 5:47 am

    “as we’ll simply delete comments in the future that are stupid and wrong. We’ve also deleted your follow-up comments….”

    “We’re working hard to protect your right to freedom of speech”

    Yes you certainly are. Keep up the good work.

  • Sarah

    I appreciate Codepink by putting their freedom on the line for us women. Youngstown Dem, your comment is disgusting and wrong, but Maurice, they have the first amendment on their side to post such a comment, and you are sexist in stating that Palin is hot. Is this why Repubs are so satisfied, because she is “hot?” I find it disturbing that no one mentions that she is anti-woman, she wanted Alaska to succeed from the union (how patriotic is that?), and she hasn’t the experience to run a country if McCain should die. I personally have been disturbed by her lack of education compared to Obama. All that I witnessed from her speech last night were baseless attacks and uncalled for smears. Obama has never insulted her family as she claims and no one should for that matter. Republicans have done nothing but put out false claims on Obama as far as being a non-citizen and a Muslim, so why can’t Repubs take the heat when they have BS thrown at them? Anyhow, we need to encourage rhetoric on the issues, not family and personalities…….

  • Cindy P

    I’m voting for McCain so I guess that cancels out one code stink vote.

  • Demandrea

    Youngstown Democrat–
    Dude, your post should be removed. The dig about the baby is wrong no matter how evil his mother may be…I think you might be an infilrator as no real Democrat would say something so idiotic.

  • admin

    Hey Elizabeth,

    Actually, what CODEPINK is saying is pretty serious—it’s just that the media only picks up on “wheee—made ya look!”. If you check the website, codepinkalert.org you can get a more complete picture of the organizations’ platform and positions—as well as all the actions that don’t make the nightly news (nor get on the radar of the conservative blogging community so hot to bash us here.) Palin’s a pro-NRA, pro-war, anti-reproductive rights, Republican VP candidate. And everyone’s just blnded by her hotness and plethora of children. It’s hard to fit that deeper criticism on a pink slip.

    And, for the record, no one wants to shut Palin up. These people are supposed to represent the American people: we want them to listen. What CODEPINK is calling for is some mediation of her crazy violent message by outspoken voices with differing beliefs. 99.99% percent of the news media that picked up Palin’s speech made no mention of the CODEPINK disruption at all. So whether or not Benjamin and Evans’ actions were even effective in that regard is up for debate. Luckily, there are a few people heard it and, maybe, are wondering a bit about Palin’s platform.

    And as far as the breeder/retard comments, I do believe that’s self-evidently pointlessly cruel, however supportive it may have been intended to be. But it does rather prove that neither the Republican nor Democratic parties are immune from ridiculousness.

    Finally, we do have a very clear comment policy stated at the top of this blog. Read it. If you have a problem with it, start your own blog about it.

  • QueenB

    Tell me how can She be so selfish?? She wants to do something for her self instead of taking care of her special needed child, just bc she wants to be VP. I think her baby needs her more that Washington!!! Am sorry that’s a selfish act, when her kid grows up, he’s gone be like oh you didn’t take care of me bc you rather do something for yourself, bc she is really not helping this country.

  • Nikki

    T never heard of codepink until today. I went on several of your sites and realized 90% of your members remind me of “has been throwbacks” from the 60′s. But it did make me prouder of our country and military. That they fight for groups like yours to give you the right to act like complete pinheads. Change your name: CODEPIN HEADS It would describe your group clearer and I would not have wasted my time looking you up!
    And by the way. God Bless Brian Buesing (KIA March 23,2003) who gave his life so “we the people” have the rights to act like pinheads. And GOD BLESS THE USA! Nikki/Florida

  • Maurice

    I am sorry Sarah if you think my comment was sexist. Just like you might find someone hot or not, my statement was an opinion. An opinion a few people I know, including my wife (who would do her), think. That opinion has absolutely nothing to do with politics or whether she is a good person or evil, as many of the codepink people seem to think. Would me wanting to have a threesome with my wife and her be sexist?

  • thePeopleSLaughter

    Palin did not wear a “pants suit” when she gave her convention speech. This could provide an exploit to deter H. Clinton supports targeted by Patin.

    “Palin has no pants.”

  • Elizabeth

    Thanks again for the reply. I have taken a look at your website, although I admit it presented a dilema for me. I found it because of the interruption last night. I don’t want to fuel your behavior because I think it’s wrong.

    It’s hard to respect a group who’ll put out a press release praising themselves for rudely interrupting another speaker. The ole “Yeah, but we have to be bad ’cause they’re badder” argument seems very weak in the face of distinguished history of people like Dr. King who argued the exact opposite: dignity in the face of undignified behavior; non-agression in the face of violence.

    You’ve been in keeping with your position on blog comments — that is not to interrupt free speech on your forum as you seek to interrupt it in other forums. I do have a blog, and a strict policy of not allowing bigoted or hateful comments. I simply delete them because it is my blog and I will not provide a platform for hatred.

    I do think your group’s stated positions are right and much in need. I won’t support you at this time because I think your tactics are deplorable and threaten to lower the peace movement to one that only abides its own voice while it seeks to silence others. That is not peace as I understand it.

    I wish you all the best, though, and hope groups like yours are successful at making Americans reconsider the choice to make war. Thank you again so much for the thoughtful reply.

  • Dana

    Here is video footage of the Palin speech with guest appearances by CODEPINK http://wcco.com/video/?cid=74

  • Recent Army Vet

    People seem to think deleting trolls of a blog is trampling on free speech but not Felonious arrets in St Paul? If you really care a bout free speech you would be wildly angry about the tactics used in St Paul to silence people, not a CodePink blog.

    That being said, supporting womens rights DOES NOT mean supporting Palin, read the Steinem LA Times peice.

    To Nikki and Katie: As a (recent) veteran I can tell you first hand little of what our military does is to protect the rights we have in the Constitution. If it was they would be out in St Paul stopping the Police, Secret Service and Homeland Security from making a mockery of our Constitution. Not only that but the American public does not honor the service and loss of life of our Service members. You may not like what CodePink says, but at least they know what the hell is going on and know that you are sacrifing and your loved ones are sacrifing, some in the utmost way. Most Americans could care less.

  • LeeAnne

    I have always wondered what “CodePink” was all about so I thought I would take a objective look, you know just browes around read some of the posts, blogs and such, damn I’m glad I did, what a joke you people are. All of you. I don’t like war either but I also don’t like hearing about Muslim men pouring acid on their women because they don’t approve of their ways, or fathers, brothers killing their own daughters and sisters for the sake of “Honor”. Here in our United States its happened, You people would have us all setting on our hands and turning a blind eye on the wrongs of the world even when they bring them HERE to our homeland. Do you people believe in partical birth abortions? Thats what I have a problem with, not abortion itself before the start of the 4th month but going to point of giving birth to a living child that through artifical means has been forciably removed from the supposed safty of its mothers womb. So I’ll be damned if I want people like you speaking for me. A bunch of tunnel vision witch hunters running amok. Your supporters tend to be violent and intrusive. Totally without class or crediabilty. It’s no wonder that the majority of people think this “CodePink” is a joke. I don’t think its a joke at all, I think your all dangerous not only to the public but to yourselves. Your point, if you truly have one is lost because of the trashy classless way you operate.

    Oh and Youngstown Democrat I don’t know if your male or female and not that it matters because you type your sicko crap behind a pin name you frickin coward, but if you are a woman your womb is suffering from “PinkoPoisonitis” and if your a man then your suffering from “Pinkoballessitis” or it could be “Lead-me-around-by-the-nose-because-i-cannot-think-for-myselfitis” and I’m sorry to say your in the last stages, theres no cure my friend. I wish I could be there when your silly ass emplodes. At a safe distance of course cause of all the vile nasty, hate filled pus that just may fly. Eeeewwww nasty nasty just like your gutter mouth. I bet you do your momma proud!

    Oh and talking about flip-flopping, I see that freedom of speech is only tolerated here ONLY if it falls in-line with the warpped views of the “Admin” and the fricked up people you attract. So I am all ready for my post to be deleted, “Sigh” but thats ok, cause I”ll live to post another day……at least I have added my real name to this post and pssst youngstown that means I have the female version of BALLS.

  • admin

    Hi LeAnne,

    Thanks for coming to PINKtank! We hope you bookmark our site, and visit us every day!

    We also appreciate you bringing up the important issue of “partical birth abortions.” As a women-lead organization devoted to peace, we’re actually not sure how they fit into our platform, nor for that matter what they might be.

    Your concerns about our health are much appreciated, however.

  • http://www.beyond495.com/2008/rnc-roundup-its-ladies-night/ Beyond 495 » RNC Roundup – It’s Ladies Night

    [...] was the gals at Code Pink who disrupted Gov. Palin’s speech. Go get ‘em [...]

  • http://dncrnc.wordpress.com/2008/09/04/code-pink-says-women-say-no-to-war-palin-is-not-a-womans-choice-women-need-a-peace-vice-president/ Code Pink says: “Women say no to war. Palin is not a woman’s choice. Women need a peace vice president.” « DNC – RNC – Troops Out Now

    [...] Evans “dressed up” last night — temporarily covered up her pink outfit with black, put her trademark red hair in a bun on the top of her head, and went off to the event accompanied by another cofounder of the group, Medea Benjamin. (The day before, Benjamin had interrupted Phyllis Schafly appearance at a pro-life event hilariously called Life of the Party, and the mid-50s albeit not terribly tall blonde woman was referred to as “young,” by the press.) The two entered the hall shortly before Palin’s speech began, stripped off their outer layers, and revealed their message: [...]

  • http://www.SarahPalinISNTHillaryClinton.com SPiHC

    Sarah Palin isn’t Hillary Clinton.

    When it comes to the issues that matter most to women in this election, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton are on opposite ends of the spectrum.

    Theres been a concerted effort in the McCain campaign to distract voters from the issues. Sarah Palin didn’t mention her radical right wing social stances once in her speech last night.

    Learn the differences, and vote smart.

    http://www.SarahPalinISNTHillaryClinton.com

  • http://www.trendite.net/2008/09/04/code-pink-co-founders-medea-benjamin-and-jodie-evans-almost-on-stage-with-banners-during-sarah-palins-speech-at-the-rnc/ Code Pink Co-founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans Almost On Stage With Banners During Sarah Palin’s Speech At The RNC — Trendite

    [...] Last night during Sarah Palin’s speech at the RNC convention, the co-founders of Code Pink Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans got within a close distance of Sarah Palin on one end of the stage. They revealed pink banners that said “Palin is not a woman’s choice” and shouted “Women say no to war!” and “Women need a vice-president for peace!” Sarah Palin briefly stopped her speech to take a look at the protesters before they were taken away by the Secret Service. To read more on this incident, go here. [...]

  • http://www.screwliberals.com Jenn

    “Sarah Palin is not a woman’s choice,”

    Really, last time I checked I was a woman, and I LOVE her!

  • Maria

    High five, Elizabeth.

    Sorry CP, I just don’t like your noise. As you said, maybe a few people are reconsidering Palin due to your shouting, though really your behavior and presence are much more memorable. And that first impression did not lead me to believe you are peaceful beings.

  • A. Hickman

    Youngstown Democrat— Sarah Palin has more class in her little finger than your entire body. How immature and uncouth your comments are.
    Hopefully you don’t really reflect Code Pinks thinking.

  • Victoria

    “What about Sarah Palin’s right to free speech? Did you not impede that right when you interrupted her at the convention? I would like to see what you would say if the shoe was on the other foot. How many times are you interrupted during one of your speeches?”

    Katie, here’s my response for your consideration:
    This is not apples and apples: this politician had security guards protecting her ‘free speech’ while it was also being broadcast internationally; powerful politicians tend to have their speech protected in this way. When groups like Code Pink try ‘free speech’ out in a place that has rules about that speech established and enforced, they are removed. So maybe the power imbalance that protects politians like Palin and ignores or supresses groups like Code Pink is just tough cookies, but this is not a very strong argument to make your case with. Interrupting might seem crass and disrespectful to you, but sometimes strongly-worded letters and blogs just don’t work, surprising as that seems. A movement has to make itself visible and create momentum by getting coverage at high-profile events. And as a protest attendee who has seen what happens when you merely assemble lawfully, I must add sometimes sneaking around the rule and being ‘rude’ is a lot safer than traditional protest, which can get you smashed up by cops or arrested.

    Just my two cents. Thanks.

  • ArmySgtMom

    BRAVO CODEPINK!

    Keep up the good work. I am horrified by Sarah Palin and the Republicans! Her speech was so full of out right lies, I was in shock. How can anyone from ANY party spew so many untruths? And expect to get away with it? Oh, wait it’s so they can then blame the Democrats for “picking on poor Sarah”. Bullshit! Remember she’s a “pitbull with lipstick”. I’d say the gloves are OFF… Sarah, You can’t have it both ways in a “man’s” world.

    They are arresting journalists outside the RNC in St Paul they need our help! Available full time on DISH Network ch. 9415
    http://www.freespeech.org

    Bless you all at CODEPINK!

  • Really???

    Hey CODEPINK admin, as per your earlier post, ” we’ll simply delete comments in the future that are stupid and wrong. ” . . . did you NOT notice the comment left by Youngstown Democrat? Or does it just not qualify in your estmation as “stupid and wrong”.

    Puhlease.

  • mgodwyn

    Given most of my dispensable cash to the Obama campaign, but would like to help. I am in Massachusetts. Please let me know if/how I can participate. With you in sisterhood and peace, Mary

  • Mark

    Inside pepsi arena and invesco field was baracks time. Inside Xcel Arena is McCain’s time. let them speak and communicate their message, how right or wrong it may be. Protest later, they have the right to speak, as do you, so take the protest outside.

  • Kate

    I’ve never seen a more hateful group in my life….speaking of “stupid comments”, you’re saying that Sarah “Palin is not a woman’s choice?” I find that statement highly offensive, just like your website is offensive and bordering on crazy. I am a woman, so please, don’t speak for all women, as you don’t even have a clue as to what you are talking about. I am positive there are many millions of women out there who agree.

    Oh, and have a nice day!

  • Nikki

    To recent army vet, I want to commend you and thank you for your services for our country. Brian was my step son and we come from a long list of service men dating back from the Korean War and yes our military men and women are NOT as respected as they should be, but please enlighten me, what is code pink protesting about at the convention centers, when neither obama nor mccain have been elected as our president? How can I take any group of women serious when they disrobe in front of national television to protest and the best is the “missile dicks” as they call themselves are dressed in red, white, and blue and look like they are wearing strap on dildo’s so you tell me why i am supposed to respect and agree with whatever it is they are protesting. Shouldn’t we let the American’s people have the right to listen to their candidates without interruptions from a bunch of has been throwbacks from the 60′s and let us decide who we feel is best for our president and then if they disagree then they can protest. Please, you are in the military so i know that you have honor and respect for others, like they should for us.

    And Katie thank you for your husbands dedication and services to our country and there are a lot of American’s that honor and still respect our troops.

    Nikki/Florida

  • Satanay

    Bravo ladies!!! Thank you for reminding me how f-ing awesome it is to be an American. And why is everyone so sensitive about these BRAVE LADIES interuppting the speeches? Isn’t the disruption the chosen expression of protest? I thought it was quite impactful. Also, I totally agree that the comment left by “Youngstown Democrat” should be deleted. Definitely qualifies as stupid (and offensive). Anyway, great job ladies!

    Peace out to all (even you deaf, dumb and BLIND repubs).

  • Mary

    Are lesbians the only members of code pink?

  • Jessica Neelyrn

    Just remember that our country is free because of war. We would have not gained independence from England if not for war. So stop whining about “peace”. Peace is obtained through strength. I’m so tired of whiners like code pink not only giving women such as myself a bad name, but the color pink also. Pink is a wonderful color which you are tainting.

  • Tenzing

    Thanks to all in Code Pink for these actions at both the DNC and RNC. And re: those who would criticize CP for “disrupting” speeches–IMO any nonviolent disruption of the war machine for even one moment is better than no disruption at all. Go get ‘em.

    –a Vietnam War vet who sometimes wears the pink, and proudly :)

  • http://uncourageous.com noah marchal

    This comment is addressed to the women who disrupted John Mccain’s acceptance speech at the republican national convention. Their actions were immediately moving and I wish I could thank them personally. I appreciate everything that they did and they are an inspiration for others.

  • Raquel

    Dearest Admin,

    So your response to comments you disagree with is that you will call them stupid and delete them. However, an obviously inflammatory comment which you call “ridiculous”, you leave on your board for all the world to see. To explain this action you reference your readers to a comment policy which simply says that until free speech is truly restored to this country than you will moderate posts?

    So ultimately, if someone posts something that is contradictory to your methodology than it gets deleted. If someone posts a direct attack on an infant with special needs it is allowed to stay as supported by your comment policy to moderate exactly these types of posts?

    Thank you CODEPINK, as a woman with a mind of my own, I find myself thankful today for the excellent job you do of demonstrating everything that is the worst of feminism. Your hypocrisy and obviously biased views are often overshadowed by your powerful exhibitions of what it means to be a woman… which is apparently hijinks and shennanigans that are more akin with high school students than socially conscious adults. Therefore I end the paragraph where I began it, thanking you for being such a clear contrast to me.

    Feels great to be a woman who stopped wearing pink shortly after grade school.

    Toodles.

  • ap

    ROB – you are a SICK, sick man. I can’t even believe what you wrote.

  • Jeremy

    What exactly did you guys accomplish last night? Besides looking like a couple of idiots dressed in pink, did you guys accomplish something? Was your goal to go in and yell something stupid and get thrown out?

    I’m sure there is a better way to get your message out. You embarrassed yourselves last night. Any shred of respect you had for your cause got thrown out last night.

  • Sherry R

    I am SURE this will not make it to the site, but… I am totally appalled and disgusted at Youngstown Democrat comments about Gov. Palin’s “retard baby”. & then to read on how the admin deleted someone else’s comment because she didn’t agree with her point of view? You should all be totally ashamed of yourselves! I’ll NEVER visit this site again. You’re a DISGRACE to women!

  • Erin

    I knew it was Code Pink when I saw the Pink shirts and I was really proud that you are standing up for free speech and not letting the police silence you. After reading this blog I have to admit I am second guessing myself, deleting comments that are “offensive” but leaving up that ridiculous comment attacking a baby is not at all what I stand for ot why I joined Code Pink.

    Code Pink is supposed to be women for Peace, and as a woman for peace I am perfectly comfortable attacking policies, but I will not attack families.

  • http://none LG

    As a military wife. I support your message 100%! Just wanted to let you know that.

  • http://www.whatsdrivingyoucrazy.com/blog/2008/09/05/anti-war-demonstrators-say-they-disrupted-speeches-with-inside-help/ Anti-War Demonstrators say they disrupted speeches with inside help

    [...] Source: codepink4peace.org [...]

  • meghann

    Youngstown…. Now why are we trying to make ourselves look bad…. that was a very tasteless comment…

    jeez!

    BUT ANYWAYS! YAY code pink!!! soo proud of you girls! keeop up the good work….

  • Mary Thompson

    As a woman, CodePink doesn’t represent me in any way, shape or form. Go Sarah Palin!!!

  • Sara

    Wow. There are a lot of angry people on this website. I just don’t understand it. Everyone has a right to their say, but I agree that CodePINK has the right to delete comments that they believe are hurtful or purely insulting (which, in my opinion, includes the whole “breeder bitch” thing). As a teacher of college students, I’m embarrassed that we can’t have civilized discussions about what is best for women without throwing around stuff about who’s hot, threesomes, and retarded babies. I am pro-choice, but I don’t consider that to be my strongest opposition to Sarah Palin. What about the desire to teach creationism in the classroom, the lifetime membership to the NRA, removing polar bears from the endangered species list, or the desire to drill for oil in Alaska? These are women’s issues too. Sarah Palin is not a bitch, or a breeder, or a set of boobs– she’s a woman with the right to her opinion. And American women have the right to vote for her if she represents their views. She doesn’t represent mine, and I don’t intend to vote for her, but that’s because she goes against everything I believe in. I understand that choosing her as a running mate was exciting for a lot of conservative women, but I’m insulted at the suggestion that because I once supported Hillary Clinton, I would support Sarah Palin. The two couldn’t have less in common. Can we please bring this back to what’s really at stake here, and stop trashing on people?

  • JK

    Whether I agree with them or not, I do applaud Code Pink for being passionate and vocal about what they believe in.

    However, it’s really a shame that Code Pink spends so much time focusing on the unnecessary deaths in violence due to war, when in fact, the number (1.4 million / year) of babies murdered in this country each year far eclipses that.

    Deaths due to war is wrong. But there are far more deaths to the innocent in this country each day. The day I see Code Pink supporting life by protesting the pro-death abortion clinics, they will have earned my respect.

  • M

    “Sarah Palin isn’t Hillary Clinton”

    Thank god for that.

  • http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=2850 This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here » Blog Archive » Update on Code Pink’s RNC Insurgency

    [...] Code Pink’s press release says they were given tickets by a GOP delegate; Co-founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, who were given their tickets to the speech by a Republican delegate who was frustrated with the Republican party and Sarah Palin, caught the attention of Palin with their banners and shouting about 15 minutes into her speech. Palin stopped talking for a moment to turn to look at them. (Read a Washington Post description of the incident). Ann Echrich is an alternate delegate and RNC contributor [...]

  • A Democrat

    CODEPINK believes wholeheartedly in democracy, but until we’ve (re)instated one here in this country—where all citizens, regardless of race, creed, color, religious or personal beliefs feel comfortable sharing their views without fear of retribution—we’re moderating your comments. We encourage jokes, ideas, healthy debate, engaged and well-meaning criticism, and of course any questions not already covered on our FAQ page.

    Above is the policy _I_ found. While I have been proud of the actions of Code Pink at various times. I find the site administrator’s messages to posters with differing view to sound very close-minded and defensive. I find nowhere in your policy mentioning “stupid” posts (This is an entirely subjective criterion, anyway.), and I certainly believe that the post by Youngstown Democrat does not fit the bill of “well-meaning criticism”.

    I guess I’d just have to say that I am disappointed by the way this forum is moderated. However, it is Code Pink’s forum. Enjoy…

  • http://forums.hippymom.com/politics/46576-i-found-what-bleep-happened-rnc.html#post469938 I found what the *bleep* happened at RNC – Fearless women, freaky fun – its Hippymom!

    [...] The two entered the hall shortly before Palin’s speech began, stripped off their outer layers, and revealed their message: Women say no to war. Palin is not a woman’s choice. Women need a peace vice president. Palin — [...]

  • mewyatt

    Youngstown’s post was clearly a plant meant to cast aspersions on the site and/or divert from the important topics at hand. With this intent it reached for some of the worst possible comments. It should be deleted/ignored.

    Aside from this – I turned on my TV 2 nights ago and then immediately turned my back as I returned momentarily to my computer. I realized shortly that I felt extremely uneasy and troubled. I realized that I was suddenly conjuring up images of the Coliseum where gladiators and Christians fought beasts for favor and their lives respectively. I turned to see what in the world had made me summon up these thoughts, feelings and visuals. I was surprised and then sadly cognizant of the fact that this was the Republican National Convention on TV. The vituperative nature of the spectacle came as a shock even though I’ve felt for quite some time that “Republicans” are not the moral compass they would have us believe. Nor do I believe that they are all this way but this – this display of viciousness seemed beyond what they would stoop to.

    I’m embarassed for the real Christians who may call themselves
    Republicans – but after seeing this ugliness, I think it could be appropriate to use ‘Republican’ and ‘Christian’ as a slur to refer
    to meanness and tunnel-visioned maliciousness.

  • http://www.williamsstudiogallery.com William Crain

    i was most fortunate to meet Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin at the Mercury Cafe in Denver (thank you Susan Harman) i told them i was proud of them and supported their efforts … just like i supported Jane Fonda’s efforts to stop the bombing of the dams above Hanoi…where Operations like Rolling Thunder perpetrated by the likes of Crash McMurder were about to drop their deadly bombs onto the dams and unleash floods that would kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. ON a country who did not declare war on the USA, the ubiquitous invader… Jodi and Medea follow in her footsteps and should be enshrined in a museum of Peace Activists.
    i deplor the language of some on this thread and suspect REpublican TRolls are in the compound. Those comments should be purged.
    BTW the Mercury Cafe is really not to be missed if you are in Denver. They are an Organic, Home Grown, Fair Trade restauant as well as CP HdQtrs… and the Elk Bean and Cheese enchilada is to die for!
    Wm Crain
    Viet Nam Combat Inf disabled drafted Veteran WIA ’67-’68

  • Sarah G

    To Jessica Neelyrn – your comment about needing to have a war to get peace made me smile. It is true that the US goes to war A LOT for “freedom” – usually this means forcing people from other nations to accept the US vision of freedom whether they like it or not – but you should remember, Jessica, that many countries have achieved their freedom just fine, thank you, without going to war themselves or needing your help to do it. Peace is obtained through strength, yes – but not always through aggression. Read your history.

    Canada is a great example of this. We managed to get our independence from England through negotiation and treaty. And when the US attacked Canada in 1812 to try to annex our country and steal our territory, we kicked your butts quite soundly. The War of 1812 is perhaps not taught in US schools, whether that is because the US lost or because teachers are too busy teaching creationism, I can only speculate. Come to think about it, I believe we burned down the White House on that occasion…. but I digress.

    And to Sara – I totally agree with your comments about Palin’s politics. She is objectionable on so many levels – her anti-choice stand is only one. It would be nice to hear some intelligent debate on the issues instead of personal comments about her appearance, children, etc, whether positive or negative. The fact that she is a woman and mother is NOT what is important. The fact that she is a right-wing nut job like so many in the Republican party IS.

    And women’s rights are human rights, by the way. Congrats to CodePink for getting the message out.

  • virginia wylde

    I’ve gotta love these girls in PINK.
    Thanks for being our voice.

    peace.

  • Diane

    I looked on google but could not find any pictures of raising a ruckus at the DNC, only the RNC.

    You say you are non partisan. Why then do you chant “Bust McCain” but “Move Obama” ??
    The partisan message is clear, however you justify it.

  • admin

    Dear Diane,
    Try looking at CODEPINK’s website (specifically the pressroom) if you are indeed searching for information on pink presence at the DNC. About 18 stories down is where the DNC coverage starts- take a look and read all about the DNC coverage of CODEPINK (http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?list=type&type=378)

    Additionally, when googling ‘CODEPINK DNC’ we found quite a few articles about the pink presence in Denver…there was a little bit of sifting to be done (such is the nature of google), but it was there.

  • admin

    Comments on this post are now closed. We made an initial error in judgment by posting a comment that was inappropriate- we have modified our comment policy and have decided to snip this comment thread as the submitted comments are now mostly repetitive and pointless. Thanks for your understanding!

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