Sunday, January 22, 2006

2006 and Staying in the "Pink"

Hello Central Coast,

CodePink, SLO Chapter is pleased as punch to be part of the Central Coast Blogspot. We hope to make this a place for updates and ways people can contact us with ideas or feedback about our activities. To date, over 300 citizens have joined our efforts and our mailing list. That's all is it takes. There are no membership dues or requirements. Just keep in touch and come out when you feel the desire. The best part of CodePink is that we support each other during these dark, dwindling days of the American empire. Let's be clear: we do this because we love our country - and we care about ALL people. Collectively, we have very different philosophies about how to address the world's problems. While our primary focus is ending the war in Iraq, there are other areas where we are participating in the community and beyond. For example, we are putting the finishing touches on our essay contest for high school seniors. First prize $350 - titled: "What can you say YES to when you say No to War?". We assisted a family from New Orleans; we donated funds to the Prado Day Center, we send regular shipments to soldiers in Iraq and we serve dinner at the Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter.

Our national leadership describes it this way:
"A women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities. CodePink rejects the Bush administration's fear-based politics that justify violence, and instead calls for policies based on compassion, kindness and a commitment to international law. Wth an emphasis on joy and humor, CodePink women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and commitment to non-violence".

For a quick review, here are upcoming actions,(and opportunities for you to join our sub-committees):

January 31st - Disgrace of the Union Address - 4-7 pm at the SLO County Building, Monterey Street in SLO. A peaceful protest against the President and the Vice President of the United States - George Bush and Dick Cheney for their illegally outrageous behavior.

February 11th - Change the Status Quo - Cal Poly Chumash Auditorium is the location for this neat event hosted by the Cal Poly Women's Center. There are numerous workshops offered, including ours on grassroots activism.

March 8th - Call to Peace on International Women's Day - around the world on this day, hundreds of thousands of women and men will come together to say "NO MORE WAR!". Time and time again, we have seen that violence does not bring answers, security or peaceful ways of living for our planet and its children. On the contrary, we are perpetuating a system that does not serve us as humans or even begin to address the problems in our world. It just makes things worse. Stop by the Democratic table at Farmer's Market in the next few weeks to sign the international call to stop war.

March 18th - The third anniversary of the U.S. attack and invasion of Iraq. Plans still in the works. Something to mark the enormous loss of potential and possibility in the form of lives and money. Action to be determined yet.

April 1st - Hot Pink HiJinx is our inaugural dance party / fundraiser. More details to come about this social event where we have all sorts of tom foolery planned. It will be at the Oddfellows Hall in SLO - stay tuned for more info...

Monthly Meetings:
General Meeting - 2nd Monday every month at the EcoSLO office on Marsh & Nipomo Streets in SLO, 7:00 pm. We realize that everyone is busy and so if you can't make the general meetings, have your name added to list by emailing us at: ososousaville@aol.com

Alternatives to Military Futures - On-going work to counter the aggressive military recruitment occurring at the local high schools. The goal is to empower students with options and information to finance their college careers and help them make "informed choices" when they choose to join up. This takes a lot of effort and we believe working with youth for their future and the future of our country is extremely valuable. You can help by assisting during campus career days, among other activities.

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