April 14, 2010

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Don't turn the time after Tax Day into Relax Day!

Your country needs you to start a difficult conversation right now with someone you love dearly but just can't see eye to eye with!

At CODEPINK, we are extending an olive branch to Tea Party activists. While we don't support the goals and tactics of the Tea Party, there is an area where we are seeking common ground: endless wars and militarism.

Tea baggers who are furious at government spending and soaring deficits should take a hard look at what is the biggest sinkhole of our tax dollars: military spending. Every taxpayer has already spent, on average, a staggering $7,367 for the unnecessary wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama is now asking Congress for $33 billion more to pay for another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.

We are not naïve to think that it would be easy for the Tea Party and the peace movement to work together. Our core values are different. But building peace means reaching out to the other side and trying to find common ground even with those people whose beliefs contradict so many of our own.

So this Tax Day, we ask you to reach out to your conservative family members, friends and co-workers, with this very special e-card to start a conversation about how a war economy does not leave us with enough of the pie for our families. Read Medea Benjamin's piece--her questions for tea partiers might just inspire you to start a difficult conversation of your own.

Speaking of pies…CODEPINK is calling on all bakers (or pie-friendly people) to submit recipes for our upcoming Peace Pie Cookbook! Submit your own recipe for a peace pie today.

Lets ditch the war pie for a peace pie because it is more nourishing for the economy,

Dana, Emily, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Janna, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Prerna, Rae and Whitney

Get Out the Vote for CODEPINK!

If you're a CREDO member, then you get to vote on how to distribute the 2010 donations funding to 50 progressive nonprofit organizations. This year, CODEPINK is on the ballot -- and we need your votes! The more votes we get, the more funding we'll receive. The extra support really goes a long way and helps us continue to do our vital work.

Voting is easy. Go to http://www.credomobile.com/ballot and vote for us. It's a quick and effective way to support CODEPINK -- at no extra cost to you.

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Don't relax after filing taxes. Find peaceful ground with your Tea Party family and friends http://j.mp/taxday #tcot #tlot #p2

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