Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Code Pink Women for Peace

Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Code Pink Women for Peace

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TO: The Readers of WSQ

FROM: Nancy Kricorian, Coordinator, CodePink Women for Peace, New York City Chapter

RE: The War In Iraq

Dear Women,

CodePink Women for Peace is a women-initiated, grassroots peace and social justice movement that started at a peace vigil outside the White House in November 2002. The Department of Homeland security says "Code Yellow for Elevated Risk ot Terrorist Attack," and we say, "CodePink for Peace."

You might have seen us around. We dress in pink and we make a ruckus. We were at the 2004 Republican National Convention standing on chairs shouting OUT OF IRAQ NOW during President's Bush's acceptance speech. We were also at John Bolton's nomination hearing shouting, "Bolton NO, United Nations YES." We were outside Patrick Fitzgerald's hearings on Plamegatc dressed in large condoms that said, "Fire the Leaker," with Karl Rove's face on the small condoms we handed to passersby. We were with Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, Texas, as she camped out near Bush's ranch. And we were with Cindy again in front of the White House in September 2005 as she-and we-got arrested.

The strange thing in this country is that, tor a "nation at war"-as Bush calls us every time someone questions his dubious attempts to strip us of our civil liberties and his even more dubious attempts to make torture legal-you could go through a whole day and maybe not once think about the war in Iraq. Don't think about what your government is doing around the world that might make people hate you. Don't wonder about what your tax dollars are doing in far-off countries while poverty is on the rise across the United States. Do what your president tells you: Be patriotic and go shopping. …

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