This is a grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect its resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. Its majority-female members include former military officers and war veterans.
The group’s members also are active in campaigns against Israeli policy in the West Bank, and they staged protests in Iraq before the U.S.-led invasion.
In contrast with the former Bush Administration’s color-coded homeland security alerts — yellow, orange, red which they saw as being based on fear, the CODEPINK alert calls people to “wage peace.”
The Washington Post reported on Imran Khan’s convoy which called for a halt to drone strikes. 32 members of CODEPINK – given a ‘heroes welcome’ by the media – travelled in two white vans festooned with grisly posters of children said to have been killed by drone-fired missiles,to accompany the procession which led to traffic backups for miles.
“You hit people with these drones and you create instant enemies”
These were the words of CODEPINK member JoAnne Lingle, a Mennonite from Indianapolis: “It’s supposed to be increasing our national security and it’s doing the opposite.”
Her church raised money to send her to Pakistan. She persuaded the pastor to let her bring in a replica drone: “He gave a wonderful sermon on why we needed to do this as Christians,” she said.