For immediate release; February 24, 2019; Portland, Oregon
Contacts: In Washington, DC, Lily Tajaddini, 240-498-4218, lily[at]codepink.org
In Tehran, Medea Benjamin +001-415-235-6517, medea.benjamin[at]gmail.com
A CODEPINK delegation of 30 Americans will be traveling to Iran from February 25-March 6 to express their deep concern to the Iranian people about the effect of the Trump administration’s brutal sanctions, abrogation of the Nuclear Agreement and building a case for war. The delegation is composed of lawyers, journalists, physicians, activists, artists, and other professionals who hope to help move our two nations from a place of hostility and military threats to a place of mutual respect and peace. Delegates will be meeting Iranian academics, students, artists, religious leaders and parliamentarians.
The group will be traveling to Iran just at the time when the Trump administration has been ramping up its opposition to the Iranian government. It organized an anti-Iran gathering in Poland on February 13-14, chastised the Europeans for not joining US-imposed sanctions, and increased its support for fringe opposition groups such as the MEK and royalists.
“Americans should challenge policies of our country that are wrong and harm others,” said retired US Army Colonel and former US diplomat Ann Wright. “The Trump administration’s abrogation of the nuclear agreement and the increased sanctions on Iran are harmful and dangerous, which is why our people-to-people delegation is so important.”
“We are anxious to see firsthand how the sweeping US sanctions are affecting ordinary Iranians so we can come back and convey their stories,” said CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “Of course there are tensions between the governments. That makes it more important that we come as good listeners and with the clear message that we don’t want war. There is no reason why we as Americans cannot live in peace with the Iranian people,” said War Prevention Initiative Executive Director, Patrick Hiller.
Please contact Patrick Hiller, War Prevention Initiative’s Executive Director at email@example.com or 503 505-5721 (phone upon return) who has joined the delegtation from Oregon for articles, blogs and speaking engagements.
For Immediate Release: May 8, 2018; Portland, OR
War Prevention Initiative: “Blatant ignorance on Iran Nuclear Deal a dangerous course”
The May 8, 2018 announcement by U.S. President Trump to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal is a disastrous decision, shredding successful diplomacy into pieces and paving the path toward destructive conflict and war. In his announcement, the President continued to display his utter ignorance of the nature and functioning of the deal.
For immediate release: February 16, 2018; Portland, OR
On August 21, President Trump announced his administration’s plan to prolong the war in Afghanistan.
We condemn the violent manifestations and the spreading of hate and fear by white supremacist groups as we have seen in Charlottesville, Virginia. White supremacist groups and ideologies are dangerous and need to be confronted nonviolently at all levels.
Reports suggest that North Korea has advanced its nuclear ambitions with the production of a nuclear warhead designed to fit inside its missiles.
For Immediate Release: July 7, 2017; Portland, OR
War Prevention Initiative: “There is no military solution to the rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. De-escalate!”
The successful July 4, 2017 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by the North Korean regime prompted U.S. President Trump to publicly state that North Korea was “behaving in a very very dangerous manner” and that he had “some pretty severe things that we are thinking about”.
For Immediate Release: April 7, 2017
The April 6, 2017 airstrikes against Syria by President Donald Trump are reckless, illegal and counterproductive. They do not enhance national security nor do they contribute to improving the tragic situation in Syria.
War Prevention Initiative Considers Executive Order Limiting Refugees Into the U.S. Inhumane, Misguided and Counterproductive
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 30 2017
PORTLAND, OR – Citing concerns over national security and the threat of terrorism, President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27, 2017, indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days and imposing a 90 day ban of immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.