September 20, 2007


On Sunday, mercenaries for the U.S. security company Blackwater opened fire on Iraqi civilians, killing 11 people. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was furious; he said the shooting was "the seventh of its kind" and called on Blackwater to leave the country. But the Bush administration is pressuring the Iraqis to reverse that decision.

Hearing this, CODEPINK went into action . We gathered in Washington DC  this Wednesday at the office of the private security trade group that is the face of Blackwater in the Capitol. After meeting for an hour with the Director, we marched to the State Department to demand that Secretary of State Condi Rice cancel all contracts with Blackwater.

Please join us in telling Secretary of State Rice to stop using these mercenaries in Iraq.

Blackwater soldiers get paid far more—with our tax dollars!--than real soldiers, their deaths are not included in the official casualty counts, and they are essentially accountable to no one, according to state department officials.

We can't allow U.S. mercenaries to fire on civilians with no accountability. And we can't allow the US government to dictate policy to the Iraqis.

Tell Sec. Rice to cancel the contracts with Blackwater, and follow the Iraqi government's demand that Blackwater leave Iraq.

With outrage and hope,
Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jodie, Karin, Liz, Medea, Nancy, Pamela, Patricia, Rae, Samantha, and Vanessa


 For those of you who have signed our pledge to Whip Congress into Shapethis is your action for the week.  For those who haven't signed our pledge, what are you waiting for? Each week, we share a simple action, such as the one above, to help end the war. We give you opportunities to invite your friends and family to pledge; those who inspire the most pledges each month will win an amazing week at the CODEPINK house in DC! For your own inspiration, be sure to check out the blogs from our recent DC actions, when CODEPINK women from 25 states came together to Whip Congress into Shape!

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