White House Protest Corps


From Medea Benjamin: Two Excellent Events in DC Fri and Sat

From Medea Benjamin:

It would be great if you could help us get out the word for these events–and join us! Please note the two different Busboy locations. Thanks so much, Medea

Friday, 8:30pm BP Oil Spill – Report Back and Discussion with Diane Wilson and Medea Benjamin

8:30 pm  Busboys and Poets, 14th and V St, NW (Langston Room) – Join Diane Wilson and Medea Benjamin (Global Exchange/CodePink) as the! y bring a first hand account of the damage that the BP Oil Spill is causing in the Gulf. Diane Wilson is a fourth generation shrimper from the Texas Gulf and a founder of CODEPINK. Medea Benjamin recently returned from a visit to the Gulf. Both have been involved in actions to protest BP. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!


Saturday: 5PM , Report back from Free Gaza Flotilla
Busboys and Poets, 5th and K NW (Cullen Room) – R: Hear eyewitness reports from activists who accompanied the Free Gaza Flotilla, which was boarded by Israeli troops, in the early hours of May 31. Speakers include: Col. Ann Wright, former Ambassador  Ed Peck, Ramzi Kysia, and others associated with the Free Gaza movement. Background of the Free Gaza movement, efforts to provide needed humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, and next steps. Please join us and support these human rights activists! FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

Gael Murphy
CODEPINK
www.gazafreedommarch.org

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DC: Eating Away at Medicare

Vigil to save Medicare and Social Security
Sign up for your district’s vigil here

Dear Eric,

The Brown Bag Lunch Vigils ’ (BBLV) original aim was to get out a simple message: “Healthcare NOT Warfare.” In the months since our first BBLVs, the essence has necessarily broadened, as the attacks on progressive values and the principles of democracy, equality, and fairness have escalated dramatically.

Whether the “haves” have been emboldened by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision or that this is simply one more step in the master plan to create an even greater gap between the rich and the rest of us, the machine is moving forward to make significant cuts in Medicare and Social Security to—wait for it—“ restore fiscal balance.”

As progressives, we know that the better way toward fiscal stability is to stop spending money on unwinnable, expansionist-driven wars. But in the Bizarro-world bubble of Washington, President Obama, Congress—Republicans and Democrats—and the media (who chant corporatist propaganda to the masses 24/7) are expending a lot of energy—and money—on convincing Americans that cutting great, gaping holes into our social safety net will be good for the country.

July 30, 2010, will be the 45th anniversary of Medicare’s being signed into law, but without our action, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as we know them may not survive that long.

The June BBLVs’ theme therefore is “Hands off Medicare and Social Security .” It’s a sideways homage to the Tea Partiers of last summer’s town halls who demanded “Hands off my Medicare!” Though their reasoning was flawed, their message is essential now.

Let’s tell our communities and our representatives that cuts to Medicare and Social Security won’t balance the budget, but ending the wars assuredly will. We’ll see you at the Brown Bag Lunch Vigils.

For peace, justice, and fairness,

The BBLV Team

Brown Bag Lunch Vigil Partners

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CODEPINK Brings Public Outrage to BP in Houston
May 21, 2010, 2:27 pm
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CODEPINK Brings Public Outrage to BP in Houston

Contact: Susan Roth, 301-530-3539, prsue@rothpr.com
Dana Balicki, 202-422-8624, dana@codepink.org
May 20th, 2010

Exposes the Naked Truth Behind “Drill Baby Drill”
WHERE: BP Headquarters 501 Westlake Park Blvd., Houston

WHEN: May 24, 2010 at 11:30am

WHAT:
Undressed, dripping with oil and dragging nets full of dead fish, CODEPINK activists will expose the atrocities of BP’s latest and greatest drilling disaster on the Gulf Coast.  A women-led, women-initiated action to ask the country–what is more indecent, our bodies or the horrific effects of our nation’s obsession with oil?

The protesters will mourn the deaths of the 11 workers and devastation of wildlife and livelihoods all along the Gulf Coast. They will call for BP to be held accountable, for an end to offshore drilling and for a total restructuring of our energy towards renewable sources.
WHY: “At the BP headquarters we will put our bodies on the line to hold BP accountable for the rape and plunder of our planet,” says Diane Wilson, a fourth generation fisherwoman from the Gulf who will join Monday’s action. “We call for stripping BP of its corporate charter and seizing its assets to pay the victims, clean up the Gulf and try to restore the devastated wildlife.”  We will also demand:
-there be no new permits on offshore drilling;
-instead, redirect that energy and financing into renewable fuels;
-expose the true costs of oil and the obvious disaster about to hit the coast in waves of oil, killing our fish and livelihoods;
-ensure that BP is held accountable for its rape, murder and profit on our backs.
Please call Susan Roth or email prsue@rothpr.com for more information.


Nakba on the Potomac: Washington DC Nakba Remembrance
May 16, 2010, 8:10 am
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Sunday, 16 May 2010 02:27

nakba remembrance in washington dc

Gael wrote:

Washington D.C. – Interfaith and peace organizations are sponsoring a commemoration on the Potomac River on May 15 from 4-5:30 p.m.

The event marks the 62nd anniversary of the “Nakba”; expulsion of
800,000 plus Palestinians from their homes and lands, and the
destruction of more than 500 villages to make way for the state of
Israel. The 1948 massive forced exile from historic Palestine is
referred to in Arabic as the Nakba, “Catastrophe.” More than 6.5
million Palestinian refugees still live in exile, many in deteriorating refugee camps, prevented by Israel from exercising their right to return to lands their families owned for generations.

sister ship to the "Rachel Corrie"
The event will begin at Georgetown Harbor on a boat that will sail the
Potomac for 50 minutes in an act of acknowledgement of the Nakba,
determination to persist and peaceful resistance in pursuit of peace.
The boat is symbolically tied to the “Rachel Corrie”, a boat filled
with humanitarian supplies that will attempt to break the siege of
Gaza on May 24, 2010 in commemoration of the Nakba. The boat is named for the 23 year old American student for peace who died as she stood between the destruction of a Palestinian home and the Israeli bulldozer that ran over and killed her.

we are all Palestinians. We are all Rachel Corrie.
The silhouette of a girl, Meiroon, is present on the boat sailing the
Potomac. Meiroon sails with braids “Blowin in the Wind” and her sail
forms Palestine. She is named after the town of Meiroon destroyed in
the Nakba of 48. Families will participate in a peaceful
commemoration and sing 60’s peace classics.

The commemoration will end with a gathering at 3000 K Street where Nakba survivors and their children will offer testimony. A full color 100 sq. foot mobile theater will display a video of the Nakba.

500 Palestinian villages obliterated in execution of Plan Dalet

Second and third generation Palestinian Americans will MC the commemoration. The commemoration will culminate with the reading of 500 names of villages and towns destroyed in the Nakba of 48. Witnesses will be on hand to offer testimony and will be available for interviews. An old diary recounting “Nakba”, Palestinian money, a metal key from a home destroyed in the Nakba, a Palestinian passport and two tattered deeds from villages destroyed in the Nakba will be on hand for the media’s
review.

ilan pappe's "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine"
The event is endorsed by The Washington Peace Center, Washington
Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, Codepink Women for Peace,
Gaza Free Gaza Movement, Gaza Freedom March and US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

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Washington Commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba

LIST OF WITNESSES – EYEWITNESS TO ETHNIC CLEANSING

The speakers who will tell their stories at the Nakba commemoration on Saturday, May 15th. All speakers are eyewitnesses or their
descendants. These are the people of the Nakba, the violent
dispossession of people who had lived in historic Palestine for
generations…centuries.

Philip Farah was four years old when his Christian family, originally
from Gaza, was driven out of the Holy Land in February 1948. His
father, Gregory, kept a diary, from that day to the day he died. The
decades old diary will be on hand at the commemoration for the media’s perusal. Following is one of his entries:

2/12 – “I pray the Lord that peace may abide in this Holy Land. It is
so critical and dangerous here, but I pray the Lord for peace…..No
more safe to go to Bethlehem; buses are shot at daily from the Jewish colony, Ramat Rahel.”

3/29 – “A cloudy day. Critical situation ….and all the people
leaving the country. Turkey hatched today (17 chi chicks). I was busy
looking after them.”

*more dated entries are noted below.

Afaf Zalatimo from the old Jerusalem Zalatimo family will give first
hand testimony of her experiences and those of her family during the
Nakba.

Mohammad Oweiss from the suburbs of Acre will give an account of the expulsion of his family during the Nakba and their subsequent years of despair and hardship in the refugee camps of Lebanon.

The notable Dajani family, still prominent in Palestinian circles, was
eminent custodians of holy places in Jerusalem, where they have lived for centuries. Dr. Taher Dajani, who now lives in Virginia, is author of From Palestine to America. At age ten, he fled with his family from Jaffa in 1948.

Fadya Kerdasi and her large family were driven from the city of Haifa, leaving all their earthly possessions behind, as they had been told they would be able to return in two weeks. They never returned. They fled on foot to Syria, where they lived in a wretched refugee camp near Aleppo. Many of their fellow walkers died of thirst and hunger on the trek. The remainder of her family still lives in Syria.

More excerpts from the Diary of Philip Farah

4/20 – “People leaving Jerusalem. It is getting worse daily. It is too
late for us to go to Gaza. There is no benzine, no kerosene, people
are really suffering.”

4/24 – “Terror and war all over the country. Haifa was beaten by the
Jews. People are leaving the country and leaving their houses and
effects.”

4/29 – Took the Holy Communion…Oh my God, may by thy Grace and Mercy we be able to receive it every year on this same day. All government officials were paid three months with letter of termination.”

5/2 – “Easter. Such woes and Troubles. We were obliged to leave the
house suddenly under volleys of fire. Slept all in the Old City, while
Georgina and her sister slept somewhere; God knows where.”

5/15 – “This is “15”, the infamous day. Bombs, fire, and mines all
day. Oh God have mercy upon us, miserable sinners. Little Samir is
still ill and weak. May God heal him. Martha is not well….Cast care
aside; lean on your guide.”

Other Nakba related materials available to the media

A Palestinian passport; taken to refugee camps throughout the years
and now in the safekeeping of the son. Land deeds belonging to Palestinians dispossessed in the Nakba of 1948. Palestinian money still in the pockets of Palestinians that were placed in refugee camps resulting from Nakba 48; today in the hands of the sons.
Diary with dated entries during the time of the Nakba, 1948. Now in
the safekeeping of the son.
Key: many Palestinians left with keys to their homes fully intending
to return home. These keys can be found hanging on walls of homes in Palestinian refugee camps today.

For More Information on the Nakba:

www.IfAmericansKnew.org

www.PalestineRemembered.com

www.FreeGazaMovement.com

www.GazaFreedomMarch.org


Gael Murphy
CODEPINK
www.gazafreedommarch.org



CODEPINK Takes on Greedy War Profiteer Northrup-Grumman
March 20, 2010, 3:16 am
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To: Members in CODEPINK: Women for Peace

Your Taxpayer Dollars Are Funding War Contractor: Northrop Grumman. Take Action

On the 7th anniversary of the war against Iraq, CODEPINK is urging supporters to take action against local corporate giveaways to defense contractor, Northrop Grumman. In a bid to get the war-profiteer to relocate to DC, the City Council is considering $25 million in subsidies and grants to the mammoth defense contractor that accrues no benefits for the people in the District of Columbia.

We know that $25 million is money better invested in creating jobs, improving infrastructure and public services. You have the chance to mobilize against this corporate giveaway now and put an end to this corporate welfare.

Sign the letter to DC Council members asking them to stop bidding for Northrop Grumman. http://j.mp/NoNorthrop

Follow up with phone calls: 202-724-8000 EXT. 8058

Serving up heaping portions of luscious peace,
Dana, Emily, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Janna, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Prerna, Rae and Whitney