September 22, 2011

CODEPINK at the Wall Street Action

Tell Obama:
Make Jobs, Not War

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September 22, 2011


We are the 99 percent —the vast majority who will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1% who hold all the wealth. CODEPINK has been in Wall Street camping out with other activists in Liberty Plaza because we know real change begins with direct action to challenge corporate greed and endless war. Though we face serious obstacles, we are committed to disarming the military industrial complex with humor and positive energy, both at this vibrant “American Tahrir Square” to Freedom Plaza in Washington DC starting Oct 6 for the tenth anniversary of the Afghan War to denounce war and demand funding for housing, jobs, healthcare, and education.

The recent uptick in violence in Kabul provides a chilling reminder of the truth we've known all along: violence begets violence. The U.S. must stop propping up drug lords and war lords and bring our war $$ home. The international community must support real peace negotiations in Afghanistan, which includes women's equal involvement in the process. Let's stop pretending men with weapons represent the will of the people; we support real democracy.

We congratulate Obama for telling Congress it's time for the rich to pay their fair share and fund teachers and build bridges as part of the American Jobs Act, but there is trouble in the details – we can't allow cuts to Medicare, and we all know the best way to save money is to cut military spending. Now that he finally appears to hear our call for change, we must push Obama to immediately end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Help us take the message from #OccupyWallStreet to the White House – tell Obama to tax the rich and bring our war $$ home. And join us if you can!

Onward towards nonviolent paradigm shifts,
Alli, C.J., Farida, Gayle, Heather, Janet, Jean, Jodie, Kristen, Lisa, Nancy, Medea, Melanie, Nina, Rae, Sanaa, and Tighe

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