Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin arrested for asking Secretary John Kerry not to invade Syria

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Photo: Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin

At today’s Senate Foreign Relations hearing, Medea Benjamin was arrested for asking Secretary John Kerry not to invade Syria. She got up and said, “We don’t want another war! Launching cruise missiles means another war! The American people do not want this!” She was dragged out of the hearing room and is now under arrest by Capitol Hill Police. If you would like to hear more about why we say no to an unlawful invasion of Syria, you may schedule interviews with Medea upon her release by e-mailing (Photo by WSJ). Meet us at Rayburn Building in DC at 10 am to confront Secretary Kerry again as he testifies at noon, and say no to war on Syria by calling your representative today!

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Code Pink – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Code Pink: Women for Peace

November 17, 2002 (10 years ago

Anti-war, social justice

Region served
United States of America

Key people

Photo: Jodie Evans Co-founder of Code Pink

Photo: Medea Benjamin Co-founder of Code Pink

Code Pink: Women for Peace is a NGO that describes itself as a “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”. It is primarily focused on anti-war issues, but has also taken positions on gun control, social justice, Palestinian statehood, green jobs and health care issues. The organization advertises itself as women-initiated and mainly composed of women. It has regional offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, D.C., and many more chapters in the U.S. as well as several in other countries.[1][2]

With members wearing the group’s signature pink color,[3] Code Pink has conducted marches, protests, and high-visibility publicity stunts in order to promote its goals. Although women initiated and lead the group, Code Pink allows men to participate in its activities.[4]


Code Pink was founded on November 17, 2002 by Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin and other activists.[2] The group’s name is a play on the United States Department of Homeland Security’s color-coded alert system in which, for example, Code Orange and Code Red signify the highest levels of danger.[5]

In February 2003, just weeks before the invasion of Iraq, Code Pink organized its first trip to that nation, and subsequently led five delegations there. These delegations included parents who had lost their children in Iraq, and parents of active soldiers. Additionally, they brought six Iraqi women on a tour of the United States, and published a report about how the U.S. occupation affected the status of Iraqi women.[6]

On its website, Code Pink lists allegations of U.S. war crimes, and states that thousands of civilians were killed in Fallujah in 2004 due to the actions of the U.S. military.[7] Along with other groups, they gave over $600,000 worth of humanitarian aid to refugees of Fallujah in 2004.[8]


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