A Message from CodePink|
2004-07-22, 6:19 p.m.
Dear CODEPINK Activist,
Request for entries in our upcoming book How to Stop the Next War Now! But first two important updates…
We are delighted to learn that Cynthia McKinney won the Democratic primary yesterday in Georgia and is now poised to take back the very Congressional seat she lost in 2002. Back then, conservative groups targeted her for her questions about 9/11, her opposition to the war in Iraq and her criticism of Israel. But yesterday she was vindicated by the citizen’s votes. As she said today in her victory speech, “I learned a valuable lesson during these past two years: The American people appreciate being told the truth!” Among those truths, she said, is the need to “get our troops out of harm's way and bring them home.”
You can see Cynthia McKinney in person at CODEPINK’s Women Against War event in New York City on August 28!
Another courageous woman who was NOT treated so fairly this week is Linda Ronstadt, who was booted out of the Las Vegas hotel where she was performing after she praised Michael Moore and Fahrenheit 9ll. But like Cynthia McKinney, Linda is standing firm and vows to keep speaking her mind. For her courage and truth-telling in the face of adversity, CODEPINK sends a big “Thank you” to Linda and is awarding her a Pink Badge of Courage.
Now the book. We wrote to you last month about our upcoming book How to Stop the Next War Now! and asked for your input. We were so delighted with the hundreds of ideas and suggestions that came pouring in from women and men all over the world—poems, artwork, essays, suggestions of people to interview, offers to help transcribe interviews. It made us realize what an amazing community of supporters we have. Many thanks to all of you who responded.
Now we invite you to submit your own thoughts about what needs to be done, and to pass the request to others. We are looking for a paragraph (about 200 words) on what is the most important thing we could be doing to stop the next war. (The book will come out AFTER the election, so keep that in mind.) You can be serious or humorous (in fact, we’d love some humor), you can think short-term or long-term, you can focus on actions by individuals or groups or governments, you can tell an anecdote to illustrate your point. You might focus on transforming the media or holding our leaders accountable or getting rid of all nukes (including our own), or strengthening the UN or getting off our oil addiction or humanizing the “other,” or abolishing war toys—or something totally different!
We will select the 10 best entries and include them in the book. The deadline is the end of August, but the sooner the better!
So join other contributors—including Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Eve Ensler, Amy Goodman, Janeane Garofalo, Helen Thomas, Cynthia McKinney, Anita Roddick, and Arianna Huffington—by sending us your thoughts, your insights, your dreams. Contact us at [email protected]
Let’s make this book a collective vision of the world we’d like to live in, and how we can get there!
Andrea, Bonnie, Claire, Gael, Jodie, Lora, Medea, Tiffany
PS. We recently received this note from our dear Iraqi colleague Yanar Mohammad:
Dear Code Pink friends,
The donations from Code Pink supporters for our shelters for Iraqi women have started to come in, and we are very grateful for your support. We continue to be outspoken about the total fiasco of the US occupation, the farce of this so-called transition, and the need to achieve true sovereignty and women's rights. An outspoken women's organization like ours rarely finds groups who are willing to support us, and for that we are very grateful to Code Pink.
In solidarity for a better future for all,
"Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation." - Martin Luther King, Jr.