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Tuesday, January 20, 2009


The Nation sez: Code Pink is the most valuable progressive organization of the Bush Era. 

During the course of the soon-to-be-former Bush-Cheney interregnum, millions of Americans resisted the worst excesses of a lawless and irresponsible administration that led this country into wars of whim, sanctioned torture and extraordinary rendition, embarked upon a spying regimen that made a mockery of the right to privacy and destroyed the system of checks and balances that was supposed to protect the republic from monarchical abuse.
At almost every stop on the contemporary underground railroad of righteous rebellion against wrongheaded governance, I found myself in the company of Media Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Gael Murphy and all the other remarkable women who make Code Pink the most valuable progressive organization of the Bush-Cheney years.
The group is busy in Washington this week, distributing pink ribbons for inauguration goers to tie around their fingers, as part of an ambitious "Let's Remind Obama of His Promises for Peace" campaign...

Those of us who watched Code Pink evolve into the Most Valuable Progressive organization of the Bush years would expect no less of this amazing group in the Obama years.

I might be a bit biased, but I agree wholeheartedly with the award! 

And the Ribbons for Peace campaign has been a smashing success--the team I was with in McPherson Square pretty much ran out of ribbons (and Make Out, Not War stickers), and nobody refused our offers of the symbols.  It's very accessible for people and after all these years of war, they understand we all need to invest our time and energy in driving our nation and her policies.

There are Most Valuable Players in sports, but through the whole thing it's a team effort.  Not just Obama, not just Code Pink...everybody must be engaged.


January 20, 2009 in Pax Americana | Permalink


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You and The Nation are right on all counts.

Keep up the good work.

Posted by: mto3 | Jan 20, 2009 2:20:43 PM

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