CODEPINK was co-founded in 2002 by Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin in response to then-President Bush’s color-coded terrorism alerts. CODEPINK began a vigil outside the White House in opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. They have been advocating since then for an end to U.S militarism and a move from a war economy to a peace economy, where tax dollars would be redirected to healthcare, education, green jobs, and other life-affirming programs.
CODEPINK is a movement to make our world more just and peaceful. During their 18 years of action, they have celebrated many successes. Most recently, they united peacemakers in over 200 cities across the world for the International Day of Action against war with Iran. After many years of work to expose AIPAC and the violence they promote against Palestinians, opposition to AIPAC has gone mainstream and now those who refused to engage are leading. And every month, an increasing number of local politicians, universities, organizations and cities choose to prioritize people and planet over war profits by divesting from war.
CODEPINK’s members can engage in several ways:
- Campaign against U.S. support for Israel’s inhumane occupation of Palestine and Saudi Arabia‘s continued war on Yemen
- Protest the rise of neoliberalism and U.S.-backed coups in Latin America through their Good Neighbor campaign
- Take action against U.S.’s crippling sanctions on Iran, Venezuela, and many other countries
- Engage locally, to ask mayors, city councils, Congressmembers, schools, churches and pension funds to divest from the war machine
- Travel with us to connect with the stories on the ground and bring them back to share in the U.S.
- Join the campaign to take on the country’s largest asset management firm BlackRock. It is the largest investor in nuclear weapons and weapon manufacturers. Send an email to BlackRock@codepink.org
If you are interested in taking action with CODEPINK, check out the many opportunities on their website. They also accept donations, and you can buy great stuff in their store.