Frequently Asked Questions

Afghanistan-Specific Questions
Did CODEPINK change our organizational position on US troops out of Afghanistan?

NO. This is a mischaracterization that has been repeated and needs to be refuted.
Don't let our movement get fragemented by lies.

Did Jodie Evans spend over $30,000 of CODEPINK donations to get a brief meeting with President Obama in San Francisco on October 15?

No. A donor called Jodie Evans and said, "Because you risked your life to bring back signatures from women in Afghanistan who don't want more troops in their country, I want to make sure Obama sees them. I have purchased a ticket for dinner with Obama and I want to take you as my date.” Jodie was thrilled and accepted gratefully. Because of this opportunity, Jodie was able to meet with President Obama, deliver the petition signatures, and speak to him about the need to have Afghan women at the peacemaking table. See the video coverage here.

Read this new piece "CodePink Founder Jodie Evans Challenges Obama Up Close and Personal on His Afghanistan Policy", by Don Hazen, AlterNet.

Additionally, CODEPINK of course did not fork over $30k to the Democratic Party fundraiser--we are a non-profit and that would be illegal.
And when it comes to the amount of money that this supporter chose to pay for the ticket, it's chump change compared to what Halliburton, Bechtel, Blackwater, Chevron, Exxon, CACI, Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics flaunts to access Congress and the Pentagon. Peace is priceless!

General Questions
CODEPINK is a women-led and women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement dedicated to stopping the war in Iraq, preventing future wars and redirecting our country's resources into life-affirming activities: education, health care, veteran's benefits and social services. We began in the onset to war in Iraq in 2002, as President Bush was telling us all to be afraid: CODE ORANGE! Duct tape your windows shut! CODE YELLOW! Saran-wrap everything in your freezer! We decided we needed to open a space for women to respond with love, humor and spirit: we decided that America needed CODEPINK. We have given "PINK slips" to poor leaders, PINK badges of courage to good ones--we hold vigils and marches, we are a consistent pink presence in the halls of Congress. We now have 150 local chapters and an e-mailing list of over 150,000 people who receive our weekly alerts. We published an inspiring collection of essays from peacemakers around the world, called STOP THE NEXT WAR NOW, have traveled to Iraq, Iran, Palestine/Israel, New Orleans and more. Help us stop the war: Join CODEPINK today!
Am I a CODEPINK Member?
Without the regular trappings of dues, official induction or secret handshakes to learn, many people wonder how they know when they are members of CODEPINK. Just using the word member implies that there is an established organization and accepted code of behavior to which you have to pledge in order to be included as one of the privileged few. CODEPINK doesn't have members. We don't require official affiliation to speak, act, or protest with CODEPINK.

People* committed to creative protest against militarism and injustice are CODEPINK.

People who want to influence a shift in the focus of world society and governments from militarism to life-affirming endeavors are CODEPINK.

People who are not ashamed to wear a big pink button, and thereby encourage conversation are CODEPINK.

People who are not afraid to be unreasonable or to be called un-patriotic in the name of peace and social justice are CODEPINK.

People who realize that you must be the change you want to see in this world are CODEPINK.

*People includes all people regardless of their gender. Though initiated by women and composed primarily of women, CODEPINK does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sex, ethnicity, age, religion, or social-economic status. (This answer written by CODEPINKOrlando.)

I'm a man. Can I still be in CODEPINK?
Yes! There are many men in CODEPINK who are supportive and respectful of women taking on leadership roles.
What is CODEPINK doing now? How do I find out when big national actions are planned?
To find out what we are up to every week, you can sign up for our e-alerts by clicking here.
If I sign up to be on the CODEPINK list, will my information be given out to other organizations, the FBI, or Walmart?
If I make a donation to CODEPINK, how is my money used?
Your money will fund our programs, and every little bit helps! The bulk of our funding comes from individual donors, like YOU. We are a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution will help us get the anti-war message out by unfurling pink slips, organizing marches to end the war in DC, collecting humanitarian aid for innocent civilians in Iraq, rebuilding New Orleans, and working for peace.
There isn't a CODEPINK chapter in my area, and I'd like to start one. How do I do that?
Sign up to be a local coordinator online in the local groups section of our website- specifically the Local Group Start-Up Kit. To find out more about starting a local group, contact Rae, our local groups coordinator, at locals[@]
What does "Stop the Next War Now" mean?
CODEPINK started with the intention of stopping the invasion of Iraq before it started, but during our visit to Iraq, it became clear that the war was imminent. Now, we are dedicated to creating a movement that is capable of stopping the next war, whether it is in Syria, Iran, North Korea or anywhere else. We need to educate ourselves, expose the truth to the public and create a culture of peace and compassion before we are saddled with another expensive, unjust war.
Will CODEPINK endorse my action / group / event / general strike / dance marathon?
Please email info[@] with questions regarding sponsorship and endorsement.
Can Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, or Gael Murphy (the three CODEPINK cofounders) come and speak at my event / school? How do I get a CODEPINK speaker for my event or action?
To find out how to arrange a CODEPINK speaking engagement, please contact: nancy[@] (for Medea Benjamin) dana[@] (for Jodie Evans) or email info[@] with a general inquiry.
Is CODEPINK a feminist organization?
CODEPINK is a women-led organization that seeks to empower women politically, creating space for women to speak out for justice and peace in their communities, the media and the halls of Congress. Women are not better or purer or more innately nurturing than men, but the men have busied themselves making war, so we are taking the lead for peace.
Does CODEPINK support our troops in the military?

"'Support the troops' has become empty rhetoric. We want new recruits to be told the truth and our military to be brought home and no longer be an occupying force. We feel that wanting the opposite seems to be less supportive for troops." ~ Jen Hogg IVAW

Real support for the troops means bringing them home, taking care of them when they get here, and making sure they do not have to be in harm's way unnecessarily.  CODEPINK partners with Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace in our collective work to end the long occupation in Iraq. Additionally we support the work of the Service Women's Action Network, which develops the leadership of female veterans, mentors young women considering military service, and provides and promotes services that are healing to women after their military service experience and especially those who have been raped and traumatized during their service in the military.  We support those brave soldiers who refuse to fight in Iraq and become war resisters or conscientious objectors, and have cosponsored numerous actions with Courage to Resist and the Canadian War Resisters network. 

We also call attention to the very serious lack of benefits for our military veterans. Numerous CODEPINKers currently work on the G.I. Rights hotline giving much-needed information and support to active duty troops and their families. Our members have donated phone cards to veterans and visited them at the VA on a regular basis.  CODEPINK also founded the Walter Reed Vigil, to call attention to the lack of funding for veterans health needs. 

Our online store offers “Pro Soldier, Pro Peace” pins so that the message of supporting our troops in a positive and life-affirming manner can spread.  Many of our activists and local organizers are military moms and family members, all trying to get their families home safely. In 2005, CODEPINK organized a trip to Iraq with military family members to better understand the effects of this illegal war upon our troops abroad.

While we support our soldiers, we also look forward to a day when the primary way to serve our country is not through violence and killing; when organizations such as AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps take equal priority with the military in advertising and funding.  We especially support our National Guard being able to do what they signed up to do--protect us here at home in the case of natural disasters and emergencies, as opposed to fighting and dying abroad in an illegal war.  At CODEPINK, we believe the best way we can do this is by speaking out, often in coalition with IVAW, Vets for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, and other organizations. 

More FAQs coming soon!

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