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Official release: CODEPINK activists and other peace organizations meet with Iranian president in New York

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Wed, Sep 24, 2008

Iran, National press release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Leading CODEPINK activists and other peace organizations meet with Iranian president in New York

NEW YORK — Calling it a “major step forward” in relations between Iran and the United States, leading activists Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans of CODEPINK Women for Peace — along with more than 150 other U.S. peace group representatives — met Wednesday afternoon with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here following his appearance at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

At the meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, coordinated by interfaith peace group the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the peace activists talked to Ahmadinejad about their desire to strengthen people-to-people ties between the two countries. They presented several proposals for the Iranian government to consider and copies of a petition signed by 50 U.S. mayors all over the country calling for diplomatic engagement with Iran, not military action. The petition, promoted by CODEPINK, illustrates how local U.S. leaders are anxious to move national resources away from military intervention and into reinvestment in infrastructure, schools and health care. CODEPINK proposed taking a delegation of U.S. Mayors to Iran to create “sister cities.”

“U.S. government officials are quick to stir up hostilities with Iran, but the American people are tired of war,” said Benjamin, co-founder of the nonpartisan women’s peace group CODEPINK. “The peace movement represents the sentiment of the majority of Americans  who want our two countries to find ways to work together and improve relations. We are modeling the behavior we want to see our government adopt.”

The CODEPINK women proposed inviting American and Iranian artists to build a “peace park” in Tehran, a memorial dedicated to people-to-people commitment to peace and diplomacy between our two countries.

They also proposed a plan to invest funds in an Iranian business, one that produces green and sustainable products, such as bicycles. This grassroots investment would be the opposite of efforts by the Bush administration and Congress to tighten sanctions, a move which CODEPINK thinks would only hurt ordinary, everyday Iranians. Such a symbolic CODEPINK investment in a green, sustainable business would challenge U.S. regulations blocking trade with Iran and would show how diplomacy and trade are preferable to war and sanctions.

The meeting, which took place in a cordial and positive atmosphere, was considered a great breakthrough.
“It’s rare for a head of state to take time during an official U.N. visit to meet with the peace community, especially in a situation where the host government—represented by the Bush administration—is so hostile,” said Evans, co-founder of CODEPINK. “The fact that the meeting took place and was so positive is, in itself, a major step forward.”

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  • admin

    The Nation published this piece on the meeting- “Ahmadinejad Sees (Code) Pink” http://www.thenation.com/doc/20081013/huff-hannon

    Favorite quote from Jackie Cabasso, director of the Western States Legal Foundation and a steering committee member of United for Peace and Justice, “We need to remember this was still a fairly imbalanced conversation, with a government on one side and civil society on the other. Our job, after all, is to challenge governments.”

  • barack obama

    Iran openly sponsors Hamas and Hezbollah which fire rockets into Israel – when they are not busy killing their own neighbors in Gaza and Lebanon. This is peace? Neville Chamberlain met with Hitler on a mission of Peace in 1939. Remember how that worked out?

  • admin

    Dear Barack (so interesting you have time to comment on our blog during your busy campaign schedule!)

    The meeting was an invitation for members of the peace movement to ask the President of Iran questions about his policies. There were no declarations made by the peace groups present that were in support of any of Ahmadinejad’s policies or past actions.

    There were many thoughtful, smart questions raised during the meeting about regional political issues, Iran’s position on Israel, nuclear disarmament among others.

    Thanks for your concern.

  • http://mcnorman.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/obamayouve-gotta-have-friends/ Obama…you’ve gotta have friends! « Mcnorman’s Weblog

    [...] Editor’s Note; Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink and major Obama bundler, was among a large contingent of peace activists who met with Ahmadinejad on Wednesday, September 24, following his appearance before the U.N. General Assembly (Code Pink press release). [...]

  • http://www.maryamnamazie.com Maryam Namazie

    In the Thursday 07 October 2008 TV International programme, Maryam Namazie speaks to Fariborz Pooya on the shameful meeting of CODEPINK and US peace groups with Ahmadinejad; the production of a special car for women in Iran (since all they really need to do is shop and drive their children around!?); and the controversy around the Jewel of Medina and children’s status under Islamic rule. To see it, http://www.newchannel.tv/englishTV/TVInternational.html.

  • http://usconstellation.blogspot.com/ Greg Walters

    What questions where asked and what where his answers?

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    Thank you very much for the great information.
    Thanks

  • william prinkey

    I would like to read the questions and answers. I applaud the effort by Code Pink.

  • http://www.peoplespresscollective.org/2008/09/top-obama-bundler-code-pink-co-founder-meets-with-ahmadinejad/ Peoples Press Collective » Top Obama Bundler & Code Pink Co-Founder Meets With Ahmadinejad

    [...] Code Pink released a statement on the meeting with the regime leader: NEW YORK — Calling it a “major step forward” in relations between Iran and the United States, leading activists Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans of CODEPINK Women for Peace — along with more than 150 other U.S. peace group representatives — met Wednesday afternoon with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here following his appearance at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. [...]

  • cubrikaska

    Bravo, me parece, es la frase admirable

  • http://kodoom.com Dr. Ray

    We have published two Persian articles about Code Pink on Kodoom.com, world’s largest Iran-related events and news. Any one interested in English translations please contact us:

    http://politics.kodoom.com/f/AAAFcg
    http://www.kodoom.com/views/f/AAAEXw

    Regards,
    http://www.kodoom.com/en/

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  • http://www.soulcast.com/post/show/502921/Fleshlight Jefferson Lemert

    What I don’t get (other than how we can have such an idiot for a president) is why would the Muslims even want this??? They have to know that it will only breed more anger towards them. The good news is this may be the straw that breaks the camels back to bring the U.S.A. back to a true United Country. I do feel so sorry for the poor souls that lost loved ones in 911, what a total slap in their face. I’m sorry.

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    Awesome post john, it’s been a long-time since I’ve been on here. I see that nobody has lost their passion. Good to be back.

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