About CODEPINK Golden Gate Chapter.

CODEPINK Golden Gate Chapter serves the SF Bay Area and beyond. We work to end war, stop the military drones, free Chelsea Manning, prosecute war criminals and support war resisters everywhere.

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Fukushima Is Here: Now What? A Town Hall Forum

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On Oct. 17, 2013, the BFUU Social Justice Committee, Fukushima Response, Fukushima Response Bay Area, No Nukes Action Committee, CODEPINK Women for Peace Golden Gate Chapter, and EON, the Ecological Options Network, presented a forum on the ongoing disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, its effect on the West Coast, and ways to make a difference.  EON videotaped the event and made high quality videos for those unable to attend. Cynthia Papermaster of CODEPINK Golden Gate and the BFUU Social Justice Committee was the primary organizer.  The Fellowship Hall was packed during this event.

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Golden Gate Women on Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Guantanamo Detainees

Starving for Justice: Berkeley Women on Day 32 and of Hunger Strike to Demand that President Obama Stop the Force Feeding and Release Innocent Guantanamo Prisoners

Berkeley, CA – Two Berkeley women are on open-ended fasts in solidarity with hunger striking Guantanamo detainees. They are calling on the President to immediately free the 86 men who are cleared for release and to stop the force feeding of 40 men. Cynthia Papermaster and Cynthia Johnson, both of Berkeley, are fasting to dramatize the demand that the President begin transferring men from the prison facility. They join American hunger strikers Elliot Adams, and Tarak Kauff, US military veterans who have been fasting for 52 days and 42 days respectively. 

“Can President Obama take action? Yes! While Congress has imposed unprecedented restrictions on detainee transfers, President Obama still has the power to transfer men right now. He should use the certification/waiver process created by Congress to transfer detainees,” said Cynthia Papermaster, who is on Day 32 of her open-ended fast.

“As far back as 2008, President Obama pledged that he would close Guantanamo Bay Prison,” continued Papermaster. “why not release the 86 cleared prisoners? Over 100 prisoners are on a hunger strike at Gitmo. More than 40 are being force fed, a practice that the American Medical Association, the United Nations, and New England Journal of Medicine, and Senator Diane Feinstein call aggravated assault and torture. We are making enemies and suffering from the shame of these policies as we continue to violate international law and human rights. These men are human beings, many are innocent. Obama needs to free them immediately, stop the force feeding, and charge and try the remaining men.”

Retired Colonel Ann Wright who supports the hunger strikers said “The situation is critical. It’s time for our President to stop blaming Congress and immediately transfer the Guantanamo prisoners who have already been cleared for release, and provide a fair trial to the rest of the men still being held. The hypocrisy of this blatant violation of American values is hurting our reputation throughout the world.”

Cynthia Johnson said “To quote George Orwell, ‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.’ I want to tell the truth about the inhumane, unconstitutional, immoral treatment of Guantanamo detainees. I’m fasting to say “let these innocent men go now. Let them return to their families, to their lives. Don’t hold them one more day.”

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Codepink Will Occupy the Bohemian Grove July 14!

What better way to spend Bastille Day than to Occupy the Bohemian Grove, site of the annual gathering of rich and powerful– men only! — who cavort and confer on how they will continue to plunder and plague our earth with military and corporate greed and destruction?

“The Bohemian Grove is an American version of race, gender and class elitism. It is the human process of building insider ties, consensual understandings, and lasting connections in the service of class solidarity. Ties reinforced at the Grove manifest themselves in global trade meetings, party politics, campaign financing, and top-down democracy. In a sense, they live in a self-made Bastille surrounded by power, prestige and privilege, and united in their fear of grassroots democracy,” Peter Phillips

Codepink will participate in “Occupy the Bohemian Grove” this year on July 14 (with optional overnight camping) along with Kris Welch of KPFA, Cindy Sheehan, Bohemian Grove Action Network, Occupy Santa Rosa, Project Censored, Move to Amend, ANSWER Coalition, Round Valley Indians for Justice, more.

Planning Meeting for Codepink “Occupy Bohemian Grove”
Sunday, June 24, 4 PM; 6 PM potluck following meeting
RSVP: cynthia_papermaster@yahoo.com

Codepink will have a speaker on drone warfare at the rally on July 14, and we’ll do a skit on drones as well. Your participation is wholeheartedly invited, so please come to our planning meeting on June 24 and/or let me know if you’re interested in participating.

There will be a group of mothers from Japan at the July 14 event as well, making this an incredible opportunity to connect with these brave women speaking out against the radiation catastrophe of Fukushima (see link to video below).

While the Bohemian Grove is less than two hours from the Bay Area, making this a nice day trip, it would be great for a group of us to camp overnight, and arrangements are being made for 8 of us to stay in a local campground.
If you’d like to camp with us, please reply to secure a spot.

Here is the general website for the Bohemian Grove action:
http://occupybohemiangrove.org/

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CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH PEACE HEROINE AWARDS

Berkeley, CA. The first annual Peace Heroine Awards for women peace and social activists over age 70 will be awarded at noon on Mar. 9 at the Marine Recruiting Station, Shattuck Sq. Berkeley. As Pamela Sihvola said when nominating Gene Bernardi, these women “personify peace and social justice.” The 41 award winners include veteran members of EBCOSSI (East Bay Coalition to Support Self-Rule for Iraqis), Grandmothers Against the War, Women for Peace, Veterans for Peace, the Committee to Minimize Toxic Waste, Gray Panthers, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, California Alliance for Retired Americans, CODEPINK, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Women in Black, Cop Watch, US Labor Against the War, the women’s movement, the single payer health care movement, and many more.

On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, this is a fitting tribute to local women who deserve recognition,” said Cynthia Papermaster of CODEPINK.

Peace Heroine Sheila Goldmacher said, “I have been a political activist all my life starting at 18 when I worked in Adlai Stevenson’s campaign for the presidency. My last demo was at the B of A this past week on Telegraph and Durant…Very satisfying.”

2011 Peace Heroines include Gene Bernardi, whose victories include ending above-ground nuclear testing and winning a class action lawsuit against the Forest Service for sex discrimination, Rita Moran, Berkeley Peace and Social Justice Commissioner, Ann Fagan Ginger, executive director emeritus of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, nonagenarians Doris Lester, Madeline Duckles and Eva Bustein, videographers Margot Smith and Francesca Roveda, Leeza Vinogradov, co-coordinator of CODEPINK’s East Bay Chapter, and Mary Prophet, co chair of the CA Teacher’s Assoc. Peace and Justice Caucus.

2011 Peace Heroines: Rita Moran, Dolores Helman, Doris Lester, Sheila Goldmacher, Jaye Scott, Jane Miller, Jeanne Dritz, Jane Welford, Leeza Vinogradov, Ann Fagan Ginger, June Brumer, Madeline Duckles, Jean Lieber, Martha Lehrman, Coreen Thornton, Lenore Velfort, Juliette Bidou, Avis Worthington, Eva Blustein, Ruthie McQuire, Gene Bernardi, Frances Rachel, Margot Smith, Christa Von Blackensee, Helen Isaacson, Miriam Blumberg, June Spiro, Myrna Schnur, Norma Harrison, Ying Lee, Grace Severtson , Francesca Roveda, Nancy Hanawi, Lorene Lamb, Judy Nakadegawa, Soula Culver, Laura Santina, Mary Prophet, Tobey Wiebe, Evelyn Belson, Juanita Neilands, Addiei Bianchi and Florence Hicks.

CODEPINK Women for Peace is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. The Golden Gate Chapter serves the SF Bay Area.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Bradley Manning!

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