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4:30 p.m. Monday February 4, 2008
University of Arizona Bookstore
Take Mountain South off of Speedway
and park in the 2nd St. Parking Garage.
Ann's Arizona Book Tour Schedule - if you can't read, click below.
Impromptu Peace Demonstration and Shoe Collection
Zanne Sam from Bay Area CODEPINK was in in town with her CODEPINK TRUCK tonight as she drives across country to promote local action and encourage folks to come to D.C. for the March on Washington on January 27 and the CODEPINK actions that will continue there throughout February.
I'm putting together a VERY SHORT NOTICE action.
5 - 6 p.m. CORNER OF GRANT & CAMPBELL
This will be a generalized BRING THE TROOPS HOME, IMPEACH, NO ESCALATION, BRING BACK HABEAS CORPUS type action with one small change...
Bring pairs of shoes to donate! Childrens, Teens, Men & Women's shoes are all needed.
We will be collecting these shoes for Sam to take to Washington for the Walk in Their Shoes action where thousands of pairs of shoes with the attached names of Iraqi Dead will be displayed.
Even if you can't stay for the entire protest, PLEASE come by and drop off shoes you no longer need.
Please DO NOT PARK in Bookmans, Coffee Exchange or other private property. There is plenty of street parking in the neighborhoods near this intersection.Mother's Day 2006 Stuff
We are trying to get a few folks to D.C.
And OF COURSE
LOCAL Mother's Day Action(s) will also occur.
Places to be determined.
Join our Yahoo Group (see the link in the column to the right)
to find out how to participate in the planning for this event.
And in Washington D.C.:
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress
From: Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation of 1870.
EMAN AHMAD KHAMASto speak in Tucson
April 11th, 2006
If you are interested in hosting a brief event at which Eman can give a short presentation during the afternoon of April 11th please get in touch with us through the contact info given in the Press Release Below.
Eman Ahmed Khamas (standing)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 27, 2006
Nancy Hill, 520-370-2567
As Violence Escalates in Iraq, Iraqi Woman Makes Rare Trip to the US to Speak Out for Peace
Eman Ahmed Khamas Will Speak in Tucson on April 11 about daily life in Iraq and the possibility of an impending civil war.
WHEN: April 11, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, Arizona
WHAT: On April 11, 2006 in Tucson, Arizona Eman Ahmed Khamas will speak first-hand about the situation in Iraq, especially the escalation of violence that�s occurred since the bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra. Khamas arrived in the United States on March 5th with a delegation of Iraqi women who want to tell their stories to the American public and urge US and UN officials to create a peace plan to end the escalating cycle of violence.
Khamas is a journalist, translator and human rights activist who lives in Baghdad with her husband and two daughters. She is a member of the Women�s Will organization, which focuses on defining and defending women's rights outside of political party interests and opposing incarceration of women as hostages. Khamas regularly publishes articles on women�s conditions in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion, and has documented human rights violations committed by US and Iraqi forces. She is also involved in mobilizing emergency relief (medicines, food and clothing) for victims of the war, especially women and children living in refugee camps.
The Iraqi women�s delegation that Khamas is part of is promoting a Women�s Call for Peace that�s been signed by 100,000 women around the globe. The call urges a shift in strategy in Iraq, from a military model to a conflict resolution model. It requests the withdrawal of all foreign troops and foreign fighters from Iraq, negotiations to reincorporate disenfranchised Iraqis, full representation of women in the peacemaking process, and a commitment to women's equality in the post-war Iraq. The full text is available at www.womensaynotowar.org.
The Iraq war has cost the lives of tens of thousands of Iraqis (estimates range from 28,535 to over 100,000) and over 2,300 US troops. In this month of the three-year anniversary of the war, the country remains wracked by violence and threatened with the prospect of civil war, Iraqi civilians are suffering from a lack of basic services, including electricity and clean water, and women�s rights are being eroded.
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Thursday, April 6
CODEPINK Fund Raiser
6 - 9 p.m.
Bentley's House of Coffee & Tea
1730 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson
Stop by for a few minutes for a quick cuppa joe or stay longer and enjoy a meal while you find out more about CODEPINK, buy that bumpersticker or car magnet you've been meaning to purchase, and listen to a bit of peace poetry.
Want to read your peace poetry? Bring it along.
OUR PROGRESSIVE FAST (details below)
Began on MARCH 8th
When The WOMEN SAY NO TO WAR! Signatures
And Will Continue
Through The Actions and Events
In Response To
The 3rd Anniversary Of The War On Iraq.
March with the CODEPINK Contingent
as Tucson Joins in Planetwide Protest on Saturday March 18th
March & Rally for Peace
Join us on the 3rd anniversary of Bush's criminal war on Iraq.
Say NO to war!
Saturday, March 18th
10:00 AM - Rally - Catalina Park (4th Ave one block south of Speedway.
11:00 AM -March Against War east on Speedway
12 Noon to 1:00 pm - Demonstrate & rally
at the military recruiters offices on Speedway east of Campbell.
Bring signs - bring flags, bring cameras, bring your family and friends, bring musical instruments, and bring your vocal cords.
End the war on Iraq.
Bring the troops home.
Spend our tax money on education, health care, cleaning the environment,
and other social needs instead of war and death.
NO WAR FOR OIL AND EMPIRE!
TUCSON PEACE ACTION COALITION, and local chapters of: Veterans for Peace, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Jobs with Justice, Casa Maria/Catholic Worker, Codepink, Sunnyside High School MEChA, Foothills United Methodist Church peacemakers, Progressive Democrats of America, Arizona Peace Council, Turnwind, Salt of the Earth Labor College, Alliance of Retired Americans, Refuse and Resist, Troops Out Now Coalition, Students for Choice, Communist Party USA, Green Party, Jeff Latas for Congress, Voices of Opposition, World Can't wait, UA Writing Reading Club, Arizona Progressive Council, Tucson Peace Center
PROGRESSIVE FAST FOR PEACE
March 8 through 18, 2006
The following women are fasting and want to put their names forward as they physically dedicate themselves to peace.
Progressive Fast for Peace
Wednesday, March 8th
Nancy Hill, Tucson
Fasting Midnight to Midnight
I will be fasting for those 24th hours, and meditating throughout the day, as a woman, mother, wife, daughter, and sister in solidarity with all the women, the world over who have been, or had all or part of their families, injured or destroyed by this war. I do this from the sincere belief that directed individual thought and action does bring about change. Namaste.
Thursday, March 9
Jill, recently returned from a trip to Nigeria, believes with her heart and soul that women working together around the world can bring peace to our planet. She will be fasting for this peace effort.
Sunday, March 12
I join with you and all women on our swirling blue planet to exalt peace, love, compassion, and hope. I will fast Sunday, March 12, in dedicated consciousness for Code Pink Tucson and in celebration of Peace. My love to all others on this path of Peace, Unity, Forgiveness, and Exaltation!
Sunday, March 12th
I would like to fast for the immediate withdrawl of all US troops from Iraq, for the help of the UN to bring a beginning of stability to the suffering people of this tragically devastated country.
Tuesday, March 14
Molly McKasson will also be fasting on this day.
Read her statement above -- from Sunday , March 12th.
Thursday, March 16
I am fasting today to express my solidarity with people, especially women and children, who suffer the ravages of war. I especially condemn the atrocities committed by the US as part of this country's invasion of Iraq. Since I cannot stand vigil for No More Deaths, I also send my intentions to those victims of US policies who die in our desert. This is our backyard.
Friday, March 17
I will be fasting in support of Fernando Suarez del Solar. His son Jesus Alberto Suarez del Solar died in Iraq. His father is walking on a 241 mile quest for Peace from Tijuana to La Paz California. see web site www.guerreroazteca.org for more information. Let the loud voice of the chicana be heard!! No to War, Bring home our sons and daughters!
Saturday, March 18
Laurie from Tucson writes:
I am bringing together a small group of women in an activity at my home in the spirit of the fast discussed below. At 4 pm, we will have a fire and a circle of conversation, poetry, song in commemoration of women and children who have died in Iraq since the beginning of the war.
8 a.m. the 18th until 8 a.m. the 19th.
Saturday, March 18
My 18-year-old son enlisted in the US Army under a "deferred enrollment" program, allowing him six months to prepare before he had to report for duty. During that period of time, the situation in Iraq escalated, and he joined my husband and I in a local peace march that spring. March 18, 2003, the day Bush declared war in Iraq, was his day to report, and it was a grim ride to Phoenix, where my husband and I dropped him off. He signed up for three years of active duty, so will have completed that term on this day -- unfortunately, his unit just left for Iraq in January for a six-month tour. He is stationed in Tikrit, his spirits are good, he says he would probably do the same thing if he had to do it over again as he is earning money for college and he will be ready to attend when he gets out. Of course I am praying for that to become a reality for him and the many other young people who enrolled for that purpose. I am visualizing guardian angels over his base and over the country of Iraq.
In the tradition of the strong, courageous women activists of the past, pinkly inclined women (and men) of the Tucson area will be engaging in Progressive Fast for Peace.
A progressive fast is a coordinated fasting that takes place over a specific time period with different individuals fasting at any given time, and hopefully with at least one individual fasting at all times. The progressive fast for peace being coordinated by CODEPINK Tucson will occur between March 8th and 18th, International Women�s Day and the 3rd Anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.
People wishing to participate should send an email at pinktucson (at) cox.net to sign up for a 24 hour �shift.� Please let us know who you are, why you are fasting, and when you will fast. Also, please let us know if you do NOT want your name listed on the site as a participant.
Traditional reasons for fasting include cleansing and healing. Some participants in this fast will symbolically and spiritually link their personal action to the cleansing and healing that our country needs to do in order to end this war and heal the wounds it has inflicted. Others will fast to draw attention to the hungers, both physical and spiritual, that the war has inflicted. Of course the spirit of our suffragette foremothers, those iron jawed angels, and the courage they showed during their hunger strikes will be in our minds as we experience the extremely minor inconvenience of our one day fasting.
Some will fast purely as a bold statement against the continuance of the presence of our troops in Iraq. The reasons will all be heartfelt and as unique as every individual who has been lost to this horrific and unjust war.
There are many types of fasting and ways to fast. We recommend you read the Wikipedia article on the subject of fasting. Most people who are not experienced with fasting should speak with their physicain if they have any questions or concerns. Nearly all short-term fasts include liquids.
Bush is in Arizona, again!
Bush only touched down here in Tucson today so as to be able to have WE THE PEOPLE PAY FOR HIS TRIP to Phoenix to appear at the Kyl Fundraiser tonight. The RNC should have paid for this. The Fundraiser was planned long before the closed Military base "appearance." He is robbing us blind! He is bankrupting our nation! He is selling our Children's futures to the highest bidder and having us pay for it. The $1,000 a plate dinner with a $25,000 option that gets the contributor up close and personal with Bush should have paid for this entire trip not the taxpayers.
Pink Fairy Godmother Readying "Balls."
to Help the Pink Fairy God Mother
Give the Democrats
Some Cojones --or Ovaries!
Bring Your Pink Tutu!
The Democratic National Committee
meets in Phoenix, AZ
Thurs. to Sat., Dec. 1st - 3rd
at the Wyndham Hotel.
(We�ll be in the San Carlos Hotel.)
Pictures from the Protest in response to the Bush Visit to Phoenix on Monday, August 29, 2005 at the El Mirage Resort west of Phoenix. The theme: What Noble Cause?
What Noble Cause?
Dubya shuttling from canned media event with small, hand-picked audience back to vacation-land.
The vehicle behind the president's car carrying ever ready machine gun crews -- note open doors and windows.
Tucson CODEPINK acitivst wrapped in Peace Flag
Selby shares home baked goodies with compatriots.
Seeking shade while waiting.
Of course the only media who covered the protest were radio and indy media. Here Caryn of CODEPINK Phoenix speaks with local radio show host.
Of course Chicken George was there to greet the chicken hawk president.
Moms of active duty soldiers in Iraq show that you can be patriotic and pro-peace. Pictured here is Sherry of CODEPINK Phoenix who recently returned from Camp Casey in Crawford.
A peaceful definition for pro-life.
CODEPINK Hospitality Tent where free cold water and sunscreen were distributed and where hats, umbrellas, and other necessities could be borrowed and a seat in the shade for those in need could be had.
Co-Founder of CODEPINK
signed copies of
STOP THE NEXT WAR NOW
an independent bookstore
Saturday, May 21st, 2005
Edited by Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, founders of CODEPINK
Forward by Alice Walker
Introduction by Arundhati Roy
Released May 1, 2005
More than 70 visionary experts and activists contribute to this new collection of essays addressing how the global peace movement can successfully stop the next war. This book offers a time-sensitive, poignant, and practical examination of the increasing world threat of more war and violence, while providing dynamic tools for change...ranging from personal and daily decisions, to methods of rallying the millions who support nonviolence to effectively take action. Contributors include the expertise of policy makers and the insights of those experiencing the effects of war first hand: Congresswoman Barbara Lee on taking risks for peace, Playwright Eve Ensler on the pain of war and need to amplify women?s voices, Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai on preventing resource wars, Journalist Helen Thomas on the responsibility of the media, Author Terry Tempest Williams on engaging our hearts for democracy, Analyst Phyllis Bennis on the global peace movement, Activist Leslie Cagan on the importance of organizing, Writer Barbara Ehrenreich on feminism as a counter terrorism strategy, Nobel prize winner Jody Williams on international treaties, Radio host Amy Goodman on the power of dissent, Dr. Helen Caldicott with a prescription for survival in the nuclear age, Columnist Arianna Huffington on overcoming oil addiction, Conscientious objector Camilo Mejia on dissent in the military, Author Naomi Klein on holding corporations accountable, Pakistan?s Benazir Bhutto on ending poverty, Writer Sharon Salzberg on spiritual strength and courage, Muralist Juana Alicia on painting for peace.
Community Earth Day
A Pink World is a Sustainable World!
Thanks to all those folks who stopped by the Pink Booth in Himmel Park on Saturday April 23. It was a great day of music, family activities, and just a generally great (although blustery) day in the park with other people who care about our community and planet.Also a huge thank you to all the great folks at the Center for Biological Diversity who made it a wonderful first that we hope will be the start of a tradition of community Earth Day celebrations.
SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY!
TWO CODEPINK EVENTS COUNTERPOINT BUSH VISIT TO TUCSON
In order to call attention to the significant majority of women (and brave men who are not afraid of the vital energy of these women) who recognize that the policies of the Bush administration are destroying women's rights and the economic safeguards and social programs that protect the most vulnerable in our society for decades as well as hastening devastating climatic change on the planet that gives us life, CODEPINK Tucson facilitated two events on March 21, 2005 in Tucson, Arizona. These were only two of many protests staged to counter the spin of the Bush Propaganda Machine as it descended on Tucson to sell the destruction of Social Security.
Between 6 and 10 a.m. women (and men) in Tucson stood together on major street corners with signs and banners during the Monday morning drive to work to call attention to perspectives on significant issues of the day that are not represented in corporate media coverage. This action took place on street corners and overpasses chosen by individual participants throughout Tucson.
Goddess flashing peace sign.
The second event facilitated by CODEPINK Tucson Women was an invocation of the Divine Feminine by women wearing masks created by artist Lauren Raine that depict female deities from cultural pantheons around the Earth. The women left from The Muse, 516 N. 5th Street, at 9 a.m. and proceeded down 6th Street to Stone then on to Congress Street over the pedestrian walkway downtown to then turned on to Granada and circled the TCC with creative peace of women's energy. The women wore masks representing, Kali, Spider Women, Green Tara, Gaia, Lilith, and Isis and were lead by the Virgin of Guadalupe. They carried a banner that read, The Great Mother says, No!
Two women from the Great Mother procession later dropped a banner over the retaining wall near the drive at the west side of the TCC that read, Bring The Troops Home Now. This banner provided a back drop to over 1000 protesters who greeted the Bush motorcade with hoots, boos, and gestures.
You can see photos from the actions on Saturday March the 19th and Monday the 21st at http://macfocal.com/tucson_protests.html.
Masks made by Lauren may be viewed at Rainwalker Studio
Future likely actions... although we had to cancel our Fossil Fools Day actions there will be more events in the near future.
Just join our Yahoo Group
by Clicking on JOIN CODEPINK TUCSON
Under PINK LINKS
in the Column to the Left.
If you have gotten this far on the page... you are already a CodePINKer as you are thinking PINK... and CODEPINK is an attitude not an organization. Much stuff is going on -- banner drops -- occasional Friday evening gatherings -- and some "pink slip" deliveries as well as just generally using women';s approaches to building local and global peace through traditional women's methodologies. So come to an action, event, or meeting and network with other women interested in building a better world by waging peace.
Questions. Email us. Be sure to check
our calendar at the left for specifics.
Just a few of the things we were up
to between September and December of 2004: Want to attend an Activist Training Boot(ie) Camp that combines music, poetry,
performance art, and kick-butt women in pink working for peace? OF COURSE YOU DO! Please register now to be a part of our:
Want to attend an Activist Training Boot(ie) Camp that combines music, poetry, performance art, and kick-butt women in pink working for peace?
OF COURSE YOU DO!
Please register now to be a part of our:Activist Training Boot Camp:
It will be a full day of context, connections, and creativity.
We�re delighted to open our event with keynote speaker Elaine Higginbotham.
Elaine, known to some as "Ellie May" is a KXCI & Access Tucson media personality and Vice President of WomanKraft Art Center. She is a spirited activist and her topic will be "Transforming Righteous Anger Into Peaceable Solutions.�
The event will include:
Music of the Revolution:
Art of the Revolution:
Culture As A Part of the Revolution:
Nuts & Bolts:
NOTE---Please callit is probably to late to send anything through the mail.
*The tone of the whole day will be positive, creative, and playful!
This should be a wonderful day and a great opportunity to meet and share time with other cool women waging peace!
Please come and share the fun!
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