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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 3, 2003
1:15 PM
CONTACT:  CodePink
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, March 8;
including authors Alice Walker and Maxine Hong Kingston, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, comedian Janeane Garofalo.
 
WASHINGTON - 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 peace.

"This could 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 Global Institute.

"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.

"We're determined 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!"

Other women's 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 Ballroom.

Women have 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 house.

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