Death Toll in Iraq: 4257+
"... we have been in Iraq longer than we were in all of World War II. That's right. We were able to defeat all of Nazi Germany, Mussolini, and the entire Japanese empire in LESS time than it's taken the world's only superpower to secure the road from the airport to downtown Baghdad... That's because no amount of troops or choppers or democracy shot out of the barrel of a gun is ever going to "win" the war in Iraq. It is a lost war, lost because it never had a right to be won, lost because it was started by men who have never been to war, men who hide behind others sent to fight and die. " Michael Moore
This Memorial Day, as we mourn those who have been killed during wartime, we are inspired to work even harder to bring our troops home and stop the next war now. May the words of Gilda Carbonaro whose only child, Alessandro, died from injuries received in Iraq, move you to take action this Memorial Day weekend: “It still seems unreal that Alex did not return from Iraq, that his bright future was cut short, that his young bride was left a widow. A silent scream wants to break out of my chest as I contemplate his stark absence and think of the young men and women who will die today and tomorrow to fill the other graves that have been prepared at Arlington. We do not honor our loved ones by accepting the continued loss of life in a reckless, irresponsible war that has no military solution. We do not honor the troops by standing by indifferently as members of the Congress give their sneering Commander-in-Chief a blank check to continue a war based on a tidal wave of lies and hubris. We honor the fallen by beginning an immediate redeployment from Iraq and by showing our determination to stop a new war with Iran. We honor the fallen by making sure that those who return from Iraq and Afghanistan receive all the help they need for their education, and their physical and mental health. We honor the fallen by taking action, by making peace.”
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Mother's Day CODEPINK
What a lovely Mother's Day for Peace. What an amazing difference a few years makes. Today the majority of the people in the United States, and nearly all of the people in Iraq, oppose the war and want the American troops out of Iraq. The only group holding firm in favor of continuing the war appear to be the bungling Bush administration and his motley band of war profiteers. We pray that our elected officials will bring our son's and daughter's home now.
Arise All Women
Julia Ward Howe, the founder of Mother's Day wrote in 1870: Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water or of tears! Say firmly: "We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, For caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice." Blood does not wipe our dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace... Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God - In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality, may be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient and the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.
What's a Mother Worth?
This Mother's Day let's give mothers what they really need: a more secure old age. If you're a woman, or a man who cares about his mother, sister, or daughter, there's something you need to know. In the United States women over the age of 65 are twice as poor as men in the same age group. There's a reason poverty so disproportionately hits women. Most of these elderly poor women were, or still are, caregivers -- and according to most economists, the people who do the caring work in households, whether female or male, are "economically inactive." Of course, anyone who has a mother knows that most caregivers work from dawn to dusk. And we also know that without their work of caring for children, the sick, the elderly, and maintaining a clean home environment there would be no workforce, no economy, nothing. Yet current economic indicators and policies fail to include this work as "productive work."
A Mother's Story—Cindy Sheehan
"Mr. President, my name is Cindy Sheehan. On April fourth 2004 my son was killed in Iraq. ...He died in his best friends arms." We know that George Bush has ruined the holidays of so many people. He has made life miserable for everybody in this country. He has stolen our children's future. "Mr. President, I want to tell you face to face how much this hurts."
A Mother's Story—Tina Pearson
"Bring the troups home. They don't need better body armor. They don't need more supplies. They don't need more water. They need to come home!"
A Mother's Story—Shelly Burgoyne
Mother's continue to speak truth to power. Both she and her husband served in Iraq. "I oppose the escalation of the war in Iraq."
A Mother's Story—Rose Forrest
A Mother's thoughts on redeployment and family.
A Mother's Story—Pam Osborn
Mother's continue to speak truth to power on the troup surge deployment involving her son.
A Mother's Story—Susan Sykes Berry
A mother-in-law speaks about her grandchild and the missing daddy.
A Mother's Story—Karen Meredith
"I'm so proud that you chose to serve your country, and in the same through I am so unbearably offended and angry that this administration used your good will, your patriotism and your values to send you to fight their illegal immoral war."
A Wife's Story—Lindsey Baird
Thoughts on being a miltary wife. "I think that it is terrible that this war is causing our soldiers strife not only in their military life, but strife in their personal life, and in their civilian life when they get out."
WWJD—Dear Mother, Our Love is With You
Yes Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.
A collection of Right Wing letters to Ava Lowery, a 16 year old peace activist and Youtube video producer from Alabama.
I am an American
A lot of people have given American's a bum rap for being stupid and knowing nothing about the world, but the reality couldn't be further from the truth as I discovered on the streets asking U.S. citizensd about the world their country runs.
TBA sat 6:03 pm
Northwest Michigan CODEpink group -- Ladies, please join us for a cocktail, a soft drink, and appetizers as we make peace plans to demonstrate our commitment to peace making—including an end to the illegal wars the U.S. are currently engaged in around the world. If you have not received an invitation to our next meeting, join us now (CLICK HERE).
Iraq Veteran Speaks Out [MOVIE — 22 Minutes]
Today's news is most often generated by "official government sources". When we are given the opportunity, it is important for us to listen to the first hand accounts from the people who are working for the United States military and experiencing the war first hand.
The People Have Spoken
Now it is time for Congress to listen. Please sign and support the Code Pink Mandate for Peace.
List of Michigan casualties in Iraq
Members of the U.S. armed forces with known Michigan ties who died in 2006 while supporting Bush's illegal and immoral military attack upon Iraq.
STOP a Nuclear Attack on Iran
Here we are in the midst of a disastrous war in Iraq, and the Bush administration is now talking about attacking Iran! Any such "preventive military strike" is illegal under international law, but to hear Bush threatening a nuclear strike is not only illegal but threatens to destroy 30 years of efforts toward non-proliferation and disarmament, and could even trigger a global war. It's time to declare a hot pink alert! We weren't able to stop the last war, but we must stop the next one…NOW! The United Nations, which is the mandated to uphold international law, must speak out against the Bush Administration's plans. Let's send a collective letter to Secretary General Kofi Annan imploring him to denounce this threat and call for a diplomatic solution. Click here to sign on and or send your own, and to pass it to friends and family around the world. Let's let the Bush administration and Kofi Annan know that the world is demanding an end to this madness!