MARCH 3, 2003
Andrea Buffa (510) 325-3653
Kristi Laughlin (510) 847-2399
Michele Tingling-Clemmons (202) 397-2277
Thousands of Women to Hold Anti-War March
and Rally in Washington, D.C. on International Women's Day,
including authors Alice Walker and Maxine Hong
Kingston, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, comedian Janeane
- March 3 - As the United Nations debates a second resolution
on Iraq, thousands of women from throughout the United States
will descend on Washington, DC on March 8, International Women's
Day, to say no to war. They will rally at 11 AM at Malcolm X Park
(16th Street, NW between W and Euclid) and march through the streets
of the Nation's capitol at 1 PM to encircle the White House for
be the week that determines whether there will be war or peace,"
said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink for Peace, the women's
anti-war group that has held a daily vigil in front of the White
House since November 2002. "We know that war will be devastating
for Iraqi women and children and will make our families less safe
here at home. Thatıs why we're determined to stop this war."
The rally will
feature authors Alice Walker and Maxine Hong Kingston, Nobel Peace
Laureate Jody Williams, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, musician Michelle
Shocked, activist author Dr. Helen Caldicott, feminist theologian
Hyun Kyung, Pacifica Radio host Amy Goodman, and peace activists
Rania Masri, Starhawk, and Granny D, among others.
It is the culmination
of a week of women's anti-war events called "Celebrating Women
as Global Peacemakers" being sponsored by peace groups and women's
groups, including Global Exchange, CodePink for Peace, National
Organization for Women, Women's International League for Peace
& Freedom, United for Peace & Justice, Unreasonable Women, Peace
Action, D.C. Asians for Peace and Justice, Arab American Anti-Discrimination
Committee, Gray Panthers of Metro D.C., and the Sisterhood Is
"When the world
is on the brink of being consumed by global testosterone poisoning,
it's time for the women to rise up in a pre-emptive strike for
peace," said Jodie Evans, also a founder of CodePink.
to stop this war because it is women and children, workers and
the poor who will bear the brunt of it here at home," said Michele
Tingling-Clemmons, local organizer for International Women's Day.
"Already our quality of life is being bulldozed to pay for this
unjust war, and we are coming together to say No War Against Iraq
in Our Names!"
anti-war events leading up to the March 8 rally include a day
of lobbying Congress and the Administration on Thursday, March
6; a teach-in called "For a Just Peace and Real Security, Listen
to Women for a Change" on Friday, March 7 at the Shiloh Baptist
Church, featuring poet and social justice activist Sonia Sanchez,
and a concert at the Lisner Auditorium at 8 PM on Friday night,
featuring Michelle Shocked, Elayne Boosler, Ulali, and others.
On Sunday, March 9, the women's events will conclude with a spiritual
program at 10 AM at the George Washington University Marvin Center
played a key role in the burgeoning U.S. anti-war movement. The
CodePink Women's Peace Vigil has been a constant anti-war presence
in front of the White House since mid-November, and CodePink recently
sponsored the first all-women's peace delegation to Iraq. They
have also been responsible for some of the most high-profile anti-war
actions in Washington, DC, such as an anti-war Christmas caroling
event in front of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's house and
a wake up call to Democrats in front of Senator Tom Daschle's
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