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Code Pink Stands Up For Peace In The Middle East And Against The Pro-War Policies of AIPAC
Stand up for Peace in the Middle East and Against the Pro-War Policies of AIPAC!
On May 3-5, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will hold its annual convention in Washington DC to rally its supporters to
push the U.S. government to support the Israeli government without conditions. AIPAC is advocating an aggressive approach to Iran;
supporting Israel's continuing to siege on Gaza and its refusal to cooperate with a UN investigation into violations of international law;
and backing the Israeli government’s refusal to engage in substantive peace negotiations with the elected Palestinian leaders.
It's time to expose AIPAC’s pro-war stance and take a stand in favor of human rights and international law. Join CODEPINK and other groups in DC May 2-5 in a variety of activities planned throughout the convention. E-mail for more information.
Schedule of Events:
Sat., May 2
Noon-4: Vigil in front of the Holocaust Museum, across from the "Think About What You Saw" sign. Come any time during the four-hour period.
Flyers will be provided, along with signs for those who don't have them.
Sun., May 3
9-11 a.m.: Peace Cafe -- "Show the Youth of Gaza That a Better World is Possible." Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. (14th and V). Medea Benjamin, recently returned from leading a 60-person delegation to Gaza, will speak about CODEPINK's new campaign to pressure both the Egyptian and Israeli governments to open the Gaza border. The campaign includes an ongoing stream of delegations to both the Egyptian and Israeli border crossings, starting in late May, with camps at both borders if they are not allowed in. Medea will also talk about CODEPINK’s work with Gazan youth, including plans to build International Friendship Playgrounds in the war-torn region.
Mon., May 4
8:30-10:45 a.m.: Protest in front of the DC Convention Center (555 13th St., NW), just before and during the address to AIPAC by Israeli
President Shimon Peres.
11:30-1 p.m.: Wake Up America! A Call to Action -- a discussion of the United States' role in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and what Americans can do to change our foreign policy. Featuring Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK Women for Peace; Cindy Corrie, mother of Rachel Corrie, who was killed six years ago by Israeli bulldozers; and Daoud Nassar, owner of the Tent of Nations and visiting from Bethlehem. Busboys and Poets, 5th and K, NW.
2-5 p.m.: Celebration of the richness of Palestinian culture in Mt.Vernon Square, sponsored by the Ahimsa House (an activist collective). The tentative agenda includes both folk and modern Palestinian music, dance troupes and speakers who have witnessed first-hand the human toll of the current devastation in Gaza.
5-7 p.m.: Rally in front of the DC Convention Center (555 13th St., NW), just before and during AIPAC's gala celebration, where all the attendees and their guests will be gathering. Will feature a dramatic reading of Caryl Churchill's "Seven Jewish Children." Organized by the Coalition for Justice & Peace. Dress in black (with a little pink if you want!).
Tues., May 5
10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Congressional lobbying; meet in the Rayburn Cafeteria at 10 a.m.
Wed., May 6
7-9 p..m.: Potluck at the CODEPINK house, 712 5th St. NE. Discuss the week’s events!!!
If you can...Stick around for CODEPINK's national Mothers Day weekend campout outside the White House May 9-10, 1 p.m.-1 p.m.!!! See
D.C. Organizer & Group Housing Coordinator
CODEPINK: Women for Peace
712 5th Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement that seeks positive social change through proactive, creative protest and non-violent direct action.