Chapter Coordinator Holly Harwood email@example.com
Cynthia Papermaster firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter Coordinator Holly Harwood email@example.com
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.
CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupation, to challenge militarism globally, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects the government’s fear-based politics that justify violence, and instead calls for policies based on compassion, kindness and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence. Find out more here.
August 19: Codepink and Allies tell Barbara Boxer: “Stop Funding War on Gaza, End Blockade of Gaza and $8.5 million for Weapons to Israel”
Codepink delivers letter to Barbara Boxer’s office asking to stop funding Israel’s war on Palestine
Welcome and brief introduction to Codepink Women for Peace; updates on Codepink campaigns and upcoming actions (Occupy Anniversary, Climate Action, Gaza, Drones, Urban Shield, John Yoo, Guantanamo and Torture, Audit the Pentagon); facilitated discussion to share concerns/ideas; 9/20 SF Occupy Anniversary skit rehersal, refreshments. Everyone welcome. Codepink is a women-led peace and justice group; men are welcome in support roles. Decisions are made by consensus.
SF Occupy 3rd Anniversary
Saturday, September 20, 4-8 pm, Chelsea Manning Plaza, SF
Gathering to Share Occupy experiences and issues; make demands for human needs over corporate greed; participate in Codepink skit on Criminal Bankers and Goldman Sachs, 4:30 pm, food, comradeship, your ideas welcome!
Climate Action Rally
Sunday, September 21, Lake Merritt
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.”
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
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: