Thursday, November 1, 2007

What to do when you're banned from Capitol Hill

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
--Gandhi

George Bush, speaking at the Heritage Foundation today, complained about CODEPINK while we protested outside, calling him a war criminal. The day after Halloween, one of our supporters wore a rubber George Bush-as-vampire mask, fangs dripping blood, and a long black cape.

“When it comes to funding our troops, some in Washington should spend more time responding to the warnings of terrorists like Osama bin Laden and the requests of our commanders on the ground, and less time responding to the demands of MoveOn.org bloggers and CODEPINK protesters,” Bush said. If he had a brain, he'd realize how satisfying that is to us.

We had a megaphone and sang and yelled at Bush until the Heritage Foundation put on blasting marching music to drown us out. We marched around for a bit, the Dracula Bush goosestepping, but then moved on around the block down to the entrance Bush actually used after battalions of police and secret service cleared the path. A woman across the street offered us the use of her lawn, but the Secret Service was clearing out the whole block, and after some debate, we were forced to move back. We left two banners, and the Heritage Foundation folks stole them and hung one of them upside down from a tenth floor balcony. We got them back, probably after the Heritage folks remembered forking over $200 to replace a camera they broke in an earlier protest when CODEPINK took the stage away from panelists on Iran.

As Bush drove by in a caravan of black limousines, we gave him a chorus of War Criminal! War Criminal! War Criminal! He smiled and waved to us from the darkened window of his limo.


Since almost everyone in the CODEPINK D.C. House is banned temporarily from Capitol Hill due to earlier arrests, particularly after Des' confrontation with Condoleezza Rice, we've had to find other places to go. Tuesday it was to the Phoenix Hotel for our unveiling of Blackwater's new Department of Corporate Integrity, described in an earlier blog.

Wednesday we were at the FCC's public hearing on localization, a hearing announced just five days ahead, with one of the two women invited speakers called just the day before. Liz got us a speaking spot by getting in line at 4:30 a.m., and partied in the line with a team of satirical “FCC cheer leaders.”

We wrote a song the night before for the hearing, and sang it outside on line. To the tune of “There's no business like show business”:

There's no airways like my airways and I want to get more
People think that their new should be local
I don't think they need to have a choice
Problem is that they are way too vocal
They will be better off with just one voice.

There's no airways like my airways and I want to get more
The FCC is always there to help me.
They let me have Fox News and New York Post.
I give money to George Bush and Hillary
But I'm so rich that I don't have to boast.

There's no airways like my airways and I want to get more.
Tom Dick and Harry want to have a show
But I'm the man who has got the dough
For those who think there should be voices from below,
They won't miss what they don't know.

Sam took the spotlight with her “media whore” costume, black with lace and fishnet hose, corporate logos inked on her bare skin, and a “faux” on her cleavage. Police tried to remove her for “inappropriate dress,” but the convergence of the rest of CODEPINK and media persuaded the police to give it up and allow her to stay, so she took a front row seat.

Medea made a sign in her notebook, “Why are there only 2 women on a panel of 14?” and Leslie got it on their in-house screens until a copy made her put it down.

Sam took our speaking spot, explaining her “media whore” outfit as a comment on the fact that the media played a major role in getting the U.S. into the Iraq War and they're doing it again, uncritically reporting Bush's lies about Iran and his drumbeat for war in a shameless reprise of the build-up to the Iraq War. What democracy needs and what we're not getting from the media is diverse voices and critical examination of politicians' claims. Sam ended her testimony saying that it was time to stop prostituting our airwaves.

Sam's got a lot of emails complaining that none of the blogs who've mentioned her performance included a photo, so here it is.

Oops. Sorry. We're having technological difficulties with the photos. You'll just have to go on imagining Sam in a sexy French maid's outfit.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

remember, destrying property according to your moral values in not violence, it's direct action

they should have kept your banner and never paid for the camera

treat you the way you treat others

ps: hope you choke on the bread you steal from the homeless

tw3k said...

I have no idea what anonymous is talking about.



Keep up the great work for all of us not in deecee!

Your work is appreciated.

anthro-geek said...

We gave a loud cheer when tonight on "Countdown" they played President Bush's comments on Codepink. Hurrah! They have noticed us.

There is a lot more work to do, but it was very satisfying. We won't let them scare us into being quiet.

Well done everyone!

Anonymous said...

geek, the dem leadership hates code pinko to begin with, as does most of the public

bush just hung you clowns around the necks of reid, pelosi and the others, which means they're going to go out of their way to further distance themselves from pinkos

Anonymous said...

tw3k, peace protesters like code pink aren't peacefully.

direct action is BS term meaning "we can tear up your stuff and feel good about it, we're rightous"

the theory is that as long as you don't physically hurt anyone, it's not violence

but have you ever had your house robbed? what do people say? that they feel "violated". so code pink is OK with the pyschological violence, the essesntial element of terrorism, in as a protest tactic

the weekend that the young lady was hit with a brick in georgetown by the SDS protesters, look at this blogspot and see that they housed SDS protesters

one would hope that code pink would counsel that Bricks Are Not The Answer, but i wouldn't put my life on it

their leader medea benjamin lived in cuba when castro invaded third world countries, Angola, Ethipoia and Afghanistan with a first world army and airforce, slaughtering poor people of color in the name of communism

i'd love to go to a pot luch and hear medea speak about the protests she held in cuba during castro's genocide against people of color in Angola, Ethipoia and Afghanistan

tw3k said...

anon, I dunno the back story and CP can be kind of annoying when trying to watch hearing on cspan but that reminder condi got about the blood on her hands was well deserved.

These people are exercising their free speech, right to assemble and acting as witnesses to the egregious policies this administration is pushing on the people through lies and deceit. For that I appreciate CPs' work.

Anonymous said...

You ladies are wasting your time.... Haven't achieved shiiiiiittttttt!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, the above post was wrong. You have achieved getting your members criminal records and time in the iron bungalow! Keep that up!

Eileen Coles said...

And we've gone and made you use up a lot of your own time typing, Anonymous Coward, because you're all pissed off that someone caused a few neurons to fire in that cinderblock you call a head.

I realize that thinking is a painful process for you, and you really get angry when people put you into situations where you have to do it, but that's not our fault or our problem.

Neither you nor Bush would have to work so hard to disparage Code Pink's message if it wasn't just, right, and effective. 76% of this country does not approve of the job Bush is doing. 89% disapprove of the job Congress is doing. That's just the way it is, toots. Code Pink represents the majority. Deal with it.

Anonymous said...

WTG, CodePinkers, perhaps the rest of the sheep are not following you, as you make too much sense for them but if I could possibly be there to help support your cause I would.

Anonymous said...

You Code Pinkos squeal like pigs when the capitol police tap you. Are you not relegated to stupid stunts and petty fires in the ladies rest rooms?

Anonymous said...

hey coles, just remember, your leader Medea was in cuba while castro sent his army with equipped with superpower designed weapons to the third world countries of angola, etheopia and afghanistan to slaughter poor people of color in order to spread communism.

hell of a liberation movement that was.

so tell me about the protests against that illegal and immoral war of castro's that medea held in cuba while that was happeneing

you are too stupid a cow to have a direct answeer to that

coles, you are not only a traitor to your country and those who now serve it, you are a traitor to mankind

Anonymous said...

Do they NOT realize how childish, ignorant, hateful and spiteful they look when they post here? These marginal white supremists are so sad. Do you hear them crying out for anyone? Do you hear any love for mankind? Do you hear a call for peace? I do! And the majority does. Please pray for these lost souls and keep up the good work pinks!

Anonymous said...

Anon, do us a favor and squeal like a pig like your Code Pink friends do when the capitol police touch them with their pinky's! Talk about immature behavior, I wonder just who is starting fires in the bathrooms at the Senate office building. Could it possibly be Code Pink? If the capitol police were smart, they would ban you from D.C. before you idiots start playing with bombs instead of matches!

gael@codepinkalert.org said...

Anonymous said..."I wonder just who is starting fires in the bathrooms at the Senate office building. Could it possibly be Code Pink?..." In fact, Anonymous twice referred to the fires set in Congressional office buildings in this blog. Makes me wonder if anonymous had something to do with setting those fires in order to sting CODEPINK. I think we should send Anonymous' IP address to Capitol Police so they can check it out.

Anonymous said...

hey murph, you guys are that desperate. lots of parallels between code pink and the weathermen who turned to violence

weathermen had a row house, check
code pink has a row house, check

weatherman felt that they were losing, check
code pink feels that they are losing, check

weathermen turned to bombs, check
code pink turned to fire?, somebody should check code pink out

Anonymous said...

Gael, do you squeal like a pig when you get arrested or do you just screech like an aging hippie flower child whack job?

Eileen Coles said...

Hey anonymous coward, I really do not give a sideways episode of coital bliss about Medea being in Cuba. I'm not a communist and Code Pink is not a communist organization. As for traitors, this is all I have to say to you on that subject.

Pinky Pinkster said...

Why would Anonymous think that Code Pink thinks it's losing? I'd say that Code Pink thinks it is winning. I think we're at the "then they fight you" part of Gandhi's famous quote. Code Pink has been mentioned prominently in the media lately, with negative comments by the administration. I think we're just short of "then you win."

Anonymous said...

We need to get rid of the corporate capitalist pigs in order to have peace.... Peace out !!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The Liars March for Tyranny and Oppression: Commie Claws are Coming to Town

Kerri Houston

The media is already characterizing the protesters as “anti-war activists” and their organization as “peace groups.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. They are communists. They are not in favor of peace; indeed, they are hell bent on inciting a communist revolution here in the United States.

Because there aren’t enough of them to occupy an entire city block, they snatch the well meaning into their grasping clutches by misrepresenting their true agenda and hoodwinking college students, grandparents, and soccer Moms with a social conscience into participating in their rallies. Afterall, a rally with only 10 people is, well, a meeting held outside.

So far the media either has not discovered the true nature of protest organizers, or it is generally unwilling to report it.

Communism is a failed political ideology spawning government sponsored terrorism responsible for the murder of over 100 million souls and the unimaginable misery of hundreds of millions more during the 20th century. Its political leaders have sanctioned genocide, giving us the killing fields of Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and the intentional starvation of 10 million Ukrainian peasants in 1933 by Josef Stalin. Millions of innocent Chinese were starved by their communist government resulting in reports of horrifying stories of villagers sacrificing children as a food source.

Modern communists recognize that most people find murderous thuggery distasteful. They wisely do not want to be associated with the brutal realities of past and present communist dictatorships of Stalin, Castro to Kim Jong Il. They have therefore hidden their real agenda behind ideals of which we all approve, such as “peace” and “justice.”

United for Peace and Justice is the chief sponsor of the Inaugural protests and it is run by Leslie Cagan, a longtime communist activist and devotee of Fidel Castro who was active in the American Communist Party commencing in the Vietnam War era. She was also a member of the Communist Party USA’s Committee for Correspondence. Her goals are the promotion of communism and the destruction of the current U.S. system of democracy.

UPF was deliberately formed as a false public and “moderate” voice to shield the American Marxist movement. Their water was originally carried by A.N.S.W.E.R., a communist front “anti-war” organization that was the brainchild of the Stalinist Workers World Party, but when A.N.S.W.E.R. showed its true colors at one too many anti-war rallies, the organized Left became nervous, prompting the formation of United for Peace and Justice with Ms. Cagan in charge.

Formal members of the Peace and Justice Coalition include state chapters of A.N.S.W.E.R., Committees for Correspondence, Communist Party USA, Communist Party of Vietnam, Ruckus Society, Not In Our Name (NION), September Eleventh Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow, MoveOn, the Communist Parties of Maryland, New York and Indiana, The Exploding Goldfish, Tennessee Guerrilla Women, Code Pink and the Marxist Feminist Lesbian Jamaican Radical Poets.

One of the leaders of A.N.S.W.E.R. is President Johnson’s former Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, an outspoken communist activist who has volunteered for the Saddam Hussein defense team. He founded an organization that supported former murderer Slobodan Milosevic and current murderer Kim Jong Il. He is a director of the post-Trotsky Workers World Party and claims that Osama bin Laden is a victim of U.S. terrorism. He believes that our government deliberately set out to make Islam its enemy so that we had a reason to build more things that go boom.

Brian Becker, another protest organizer and member of UPJ’s partner A.N.S.W.E.R was recently found in North Korea proudly denouncing the U.S. for “war crimes” against that country’s citizens while accusing our soldiers of committing mass murders. He is also a member of Clark’s organization and the anti-Semitic Workers World Party, which incidentally, is on the FBI’s terrorist watch list.

Code Pink, another “anti-war” organization hiding its ideology, is run by communist associate Medea Benjamin. Code Pink has primarily chosen women to lie to, taking advantage of the genuine concern that some homemakers and grandmas have about the Iraq war and using them to add voices at local protests.

Benjamin’s main claim to fame is organizing the violent 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle in which she used the Marxist World Worker’s party to help supply bodies. The ensuing riots injured innocent bystanders, caused millions of dollars of property damage for business owners and taxpayers, and left many out of a job. A long time friend of Cagan and Central American communists, Ms. Benjamin was instrumental in the founding of Peace and Justice.

Ms. Benjamin also has formed a group in Baghdad called Occupation Watch dedicated to demoralizing U.S. troops by encouraging them to abandon the Iraqi people and obtain discharges under false pretenses. She was also behind placing in Baghdad the pre-war “human shields” whose dedication to the cause was quickly revealed when they headed for high ground just prior to shock and awe.

UPJ’s partner Not in Our Name is a group with connections to the Revolutionary Communist Party and the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party. Communist activist Clark Kissinger was an instrumental member of the 1960’s violent Students for a Democratic Society and the Black Panthers and founded an organization dedicated to halting U.S. security interests during the cold war. He is a co-director of NION.

Parents, if your well-intentioned college student is participating in a “peace” protest on Inaugural Day, these are his or her partners.

They are not patriotic Americans who love peace and hate war. They are unpatriotic Americans who love communism and hate us. Human freedom is their enemy, and they have snared thousands of uninformed protesters into their web.

They are brilliantly deceptive as they cleverly incorporate their communist beliefs into activism that they cover in a mainstream cloaking device. But if they are so dedicated and proud of their beliefs, why do they strive to hide them?

Communism was, and continues to be, a plague on mankind. It has caused incalculable economic and ecological destruction as well as extinguishing the human spirit of millions of our global neighbors, past and present.

As today’s communist movement ironically uses the freedom of speech stripped from those under communist rule to ruthlessly and deliberately promote their agenda, we must never forget those who have suffered under its hands.

In our own act of irony, let’s commit a positive act of compassion by taking an active step to honor communism’s victims. Thank them for reminding us of the tyranny that is communism and go to www.VictimsofCommunism.org to donate some of your ill-gotten gains of evil capitalism for a monument to be built in Washington that reminds us of a brand of human suffering we must never allow again.

That’ll really hack them off.

Anonymous said...

THIS TALK OF POLITICS SUX, LET'S TALK ABOUT MY BALLS!

Anonymous said...

I told you ladies long before the Rice incident and several months ago that things were going to start changing for you and that your "friends" were at that time plotting against you. Turned out, I was right. Let's see, less access, can't get into Canada, more arrests... Just wait until you see what they have planned for you next. Just a preview, invitations may not be as magical as they once were and your ability to use camera phones anywhere may be a little impaired. But, that is just the fun little stuff. The more serious stuff is in the works and I can't give you a preview on that!

MAJIC

Anonymous said...

SNIPPET OF RECENT TELEPHONE CALL

DEMOCRATIC SENATOR: These Code Pink ass holes are becoming a problem. Could you please -u--- their -----c--??

When this all happens, I will come back and fill in the blanks for you. You will begin to experience this sometime in the late spring, but it is being put into the works right now by your "friends."

MAJIC

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