so get up and speak out act up do something everyday IT MATTERS your VOICE CAN MAKE A diferrence if you find and use it often
LIZ arizona the PEACE TEAM IN DC
We also held up a sign for each one of the reasons we will not be silent: GITMO, TORTURE, WARRANTLESS WIRETAPPING, RENDITION, CIA TAPES, VOTER SUPPRESSION, and WATERBOARDING.
This was the first time Mukasey has appeared before the Senate as Attorney General, and it was the first Senate hearing Code Pink had attended this session.We were very present but not very pink (more orange). The signs said it all, but we could not hold our frustration to ourselves. We made two comments after Senator Leahy announced the end of the session and before the gavel.
One person addressed Mukasey by saying something like , "Attorney General Mukasey, as a naturalized citizen of the United States I found your tortured responses to senators' questions offensive to our democracy." Liz politely asked, "Could we have a little justice in the Justice Department?" We heard later that we were visible and audible on the C-Span coverage.
Although it is widely known that the Cuban exile community of 'ore provides unwavering support for Posada Carriles, we hoped that the Versailles restaurant would offer us an opportunity to speak to Cuban-Americans about the danger this man presents and to enlist their help in exposing him for what he is.
The local media have been quite intrigued with the prospect of peace activists in pink arriving to their city to pressure the FBI into putting Posada Carriles on the Most Wanted Criminals digital billboards.
After being invited to a Spanish language tv talk show, believing it to be just an interview about this campaign,in fact it was Arrebatados,
a right-wing shouting match in which the two of us were pitted opposite three Cuban exiles who came with sheets and sheets of information on Medea and CODEPINK while we had no clue who the people were verbally attacking us. One of these "guests"accused us of being provocateurs and terrorists. This same individual when questioned admitted to planning and participating in violent tactics if nonviolent ones do not bring about the desired end. Off air he told Medea that "you might well get your head bashed in like a coconut." After leaving this show we thought better of going into Versailles and instead decided on holding a press conference across the street.
In preparation for our press conference on Calle Ocho across from the Cuban exile haven Versailles Cafe, an iconic restaurant in the heart of Little Havana, Medea, Ann, Nancy, Liz, Tighe and myself woke early to the lapping of the warm waters against Ray's boat and the swishing of Caribbean breezes over palm fronds.
The day before, after much discussion with local friends and connections, we decided that the pink police outfits could create unneccessary hostility and thought it best to be rather gaudy than gruff and put the power of PINK to disarm the "patriotas".
So taking advice from Tighe's buddy, Ray, we went to the Red, White and Blue, a superb second-hand clothing store in search of pink dresses.