Lisa Savage, CODEPINK Maine

How to end the deficit? Stop the wars, and tax the rich!


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usceio:

Make you own sticker: http://bit.ly/1hgpyln

usceio:

Make you own sticker: http://bit.ly/1hgpyln

Calling For Creative Ways To Show What All This Military Spending Could Buy Instead

imageTo date, our most shared image ever!

CODEPINK and National Priorities Project have teamed up to sponsor a contest for the Bring Our War $$ Home campaign!

Contestants are invited to use their creativity to design a shareable image that shows what isn’t being funded while the U.S. continues to spends $600+ billion a year — year after year — on the Pentagon budget. 

National Priorities is the perfect partner for the contest because of their user-friendly federal budget tools. These tools can tell how much your town, city, state or congressional district actually paid in taxes for military spending — and how many Head Start slots or college scholarships or solar panel equipped homes that could have funded instead. 

Prizes include thousands of eyeballs on your winning image at both organizations’ high traffic websites and on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Pinterest, plus cash and CODEPINK swag. (Full contest rules and details here.)

The contest will be judged by activists all over the country with the winners announced in time for Global Day of Action Against Military Spending (GDAMS) April 14 and federal income tax day April 15.

Here are more awesome images from around the interwebs that I’ve collected to help get your creative juices flowing:

imageFrom the creative geniuses at #WarCosts







I created this one. You can do much, much better!

Stop arming the Iraqi government’s assault on Fallujah! Take Action with @Roots_Action http://bit.ly/1illJuu

(Source: act.rootsaction.org)

Jan 11 marks 12 years of injustice and indefinite detention at #Guantanamo. Tell President Obama: #CloseGitmo NOW!  http://thndr.it/1kh2A1a

Jan 11 marks 12 years of injustice and indefinite detention at #Guantanamo. Tell President Obama: #CloseGitmo NOW! http://thndr.it/1kh2A1a

The Afghan Tree Project 2014 will plant thousands of tree saplings in Afghanistan, feed hungry families, provide shade, improve the environment of the planet, and empower Afghan women. 

Join the beautiful campaign to revitalize Afghanistan’s environment!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/2014-afghan-tree-project

Reblogged from wearethe99percent
wearethe99percent:

I am 23 years old
I am a female (not that it should make a difference, but apparently in our society it does…)
From the day I moved out of my parent’s house, I’ve supported myself 100%, not because they don’t love me but because they can’t support my dreams financially.
For over two years I schlepped 2-for-1’s and shots to pay for my rent, a used car, and tuition at a community college.
Now I’m attending the University of MN and I depleted all of my savings just so I wouldn’t have to take out a loan this semester. I’m trying to get by debt free and it seems near impossible.
I’m majoring in journalism, a profession I consider a civic duty. I know my salary will never break 5 figures and I’m OK with that because I’ve learned to live within my means.
I am the 99%.
occupywallst.org

Remember when voting was considered a civic duty? Now it’s journalism. Agreement! I look forward to your reporting, and wish you well in achieving your goals.

wearethe99percent:

I am 23 years old

I am a female (not that it should make a difference, but apparently in our society it does…)

From the day I moved out of my parent’s house, I’ve supported myself 100%, not because they don’t love me but because they can’t support my dreams financially.

For over two years I schlepped 2-for-1’s and shots to pay for my rent, a used car, and tuition at a community college.

Now I’m attending the University of MN and I depleted all of my savings just so I wouldn’t have to take out a loan this semester. I’m trying to get by debt free and it seems near impossible.

I’m majoring in journalism, a profession I consider a civic duty. I know my salary will never break 5 figures and I’m OK with that because I’ve learned to live within my means.

I am the 99%.

occupywallst.org

Remember when voting was considered a civic duty? Now it’s journalism. Agreement! I look forward to your reporting, and wish you well in achieving your goals.

Reblogged from freemarissanow
freemarissanow:

Caption: SOLIDARITY FROM OAKLAND!!!!!
Yes, Yes, Yes!  Put it on your to do list, y’all: send your letters out now to urge Angela Corey to DROP THE CASE against Marissa Alexander!  More at tiny.cc/dropthecase

freemarissanow:

Caption: SOLIDARITY FROM OAKLAND!!!!!

Yes, Yes, Yes!  Put it on your to do list, y’all: send your letters out now to urge Angela Corey to DROP THE CASE against Marissa Alexander!  More at tiny.cc/dropthecase

Lisa Savage speaking at Rally at the End of the Drone Protest WalkI’m wearing Codepink’s newest T showing a map of the world in a heart shape of love labeled DRONE-FREE ZONE. I am sharing Malala Yousefzai’s words to President Obama:

“Drone strikes are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts.”

You can buy a t-shirt for yourself or someone you love here. $20, such a deal! https://codepink.myshopify.com/products/pink-drone-free-zone-tee

Lisa Savage speaking at Rally at the End of the Drone Protest Walk

I’m wearing Codepink’s newest T showing a map of the world in a heart shape of love labeled DRONE-FREE ZONE. I am sharing Malala Yousefzai’s words to President Obama: “Drone strikes are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts.” You can buy a t-shirt for yourself or someone you love here. $20, such a deal! https://codepink.myshopify.com/products/pink-drone-free-zone-tee
Reblogged from freemarissanow
freemarissanow:

National Action: Urge the State to Drop the Case! 
Have you heard the good news out of Florida? The Appeals Court threw out the guilty verdict in the Marissa Alexander case, citing a “fundamental error” in the jury instructions which unjustly required Marissa to prove her innocence, depriving her of a fair trial.
In mid-October, State Prosecutor Angela Corey will decide whether to drop the case or set a new trial date. We say drop the case! 
October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month – a perfect time to draw attention to how Marissa’s experience of domestic violence and incarceration exemplifies the widespread racial and gender bias in our criminal justice system.
We are asking you to send letters and/or call Angela Corey and encourage her to seek Justice, not a Conviction! Please send copies of your message to Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott so that they know the strength of public opinion on this issue.
The sample letter below may help you get started.
— Free Marissa NowFreeMarissaNow@gmail.com, facebook.com/FreeMarissaNow
***
SAMPLE LETTER (download as pdf!):
Name __________________________
Address_________________________
_______________________________
Email __________________________
Dear Ms. Corey:
You have an opportunity to allow an innocent person to go free without further cost to the state of Florida and without further trauma to this woman and her family. I encourage you to drop the charges against Marissa Alexander, rather than pursuing a new trial which, if justice is served, will result in a not-guilty verdict.
Marissa Alexander was a victim of domestic violence who acted in self-defense by taking the only action she saw possible at that moment – an action that injured no one. Her case shines a light on how black women in domestic violence situations are often doubly victimized when they seek justice. Ms. Alexander has experienced at least two traumatic events: the first is being repeatedly abused by her husband, the second is being prosecuted and sentenced to prison for defending herself from that abuse.
Ms. Alexander’s experience bears out the fact that women of color are arrested more often than white women when police arrive on the scene of a domestic violence incident.
For this reason, fewer than 17% of black women call the police for fear they will be further victimized by the police or the courts. By allowing Marissa Alexander to be sentenced to 20 years for self-defense, you have given the message to women everywhere that if they defend their lives, they will be also targeted by police and prosecutors.
There is a widespread stereotype that survivors who fight for their lives, particularly if they are black women, are “too aggressive” and not genuine victims. This stereotype was carried out to such an extent in Marissa Alexander’s case that the whole premise of innocent until proven guilty was reversed, as the Appeals Court found.
Please do the right thing by stopping any further prosecution of this innocent mother and daughter. Drop the case, dismiss all charges, and free Marissa Alexander!
______________________________
Signature
***
Send your letter to the following addresses:(Hard copies make more of an impact!)
Angela Corey, State AttorneyCourthouse Annex220 East Bay StreetJacksonville, FL 32202Phone: 904-630-2400Fax: 904-630-2938Email: sao4th@coj.net
Office of Attorney General Pam BondiState of FloridaThe Capitol PL-01Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050Phone: 850-414-3300 or 850-414-3990Fax: 850-410-1630Email: http://myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/contact?Open&Section=Citizen_Services
Office of Governor Rick ScottState of FloridaThe Capitol400 S. Monroe St.Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001Phone: 850-717-9337 or 850-488-7146Email: rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com

freemarissanow:

National Action: Urge the State to Drop the Case! 

Have you heard the good news out of Florida? The Appeals Court threw out the guilty verdict in the Marissa Alexander case, citing a “fundamental error” in the jury instructions which unjustly required Marissa to prove her innocence, depriving her of a fair trial.

In mid-October, State Prosecutor Angela Corey will decide whether to drop the case or set a new trial date. We say drop the case! 

October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month – a perfect time to draw attention to how Marissa’s experience of domestic violence and incarceration exemplifies the widespread racial and gender bias in our criminal justice system.

We are asking you to send letters and/or call Angela Corey and encourage her to seek Justice, not a Conviction! Please send copies of your message to Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott so that they know the strength of public opinion on this issue.

The sample letter below may help you get started.

Free Marissa Now
FreeMarissaNow@gmail.com, facebook.com/FreeMarissaNow

***

SAMPLE LETTER (download as pdf!):

Name __________________________

Address_________________________

_______________________________

Email __________________________

Dear Ms. Corey:

You have an opportunity to allow an innocent person to go free without further cost to the state of Florida and without further trauma to this woman and her family. I encourage you to drop the charges against Marissa Alexander, rather than pursuing a new trial which, if justice is served, will result in a not-guilty verdict.

Marissa Alexander was a victim of domestic violence who acted in self-defense by taking the only action she saw possible at that moment – an action that injured no one. Her case shines a light on how black women in domestic violence situations are often doubly victimized when they seek justice. Ms. Alexander has experienced at least two traumatic events: the first is being repeatedly abused by her husband, the second is being prosecuted and sentenced to prison for defending herself from that abuse.

Ms. Alexander’s experience bears out the fact that women of color are arrested more often than white women when police arrive on the scene of a domestic violence incident.

For this reason, fewer than 17% of black women call the police for fear they will be further victimized by the police or the courts. By allowing Marissa Alexander to be sentenced to 20 years for self-defense, you have given the message to women everywhere that if they defend their lives, they will be also targeted by police and prosecutors.

There is a widespread stereotype that survivors who fight for their lives, particularly if they are black women, are “too aggressive” and not genuine victims. This stereotype was carried out to such an extent in Marissa Alexander’s case that the whole premise of innocent until proven guilty was reversed, as the Appeals Court found.

Please do the right thing by stopping any further prosecution of this innocent mother and daughter. Drop the case, dismiss all charges, and free Marissa Alexander!

______________________________

Signature

***

Send your letter to the following addresses:
(Hard copies make more of an impact!)

Angela Corey, State Attorney
Courthouse Annex
220 East Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904-630-2400
Fax: 904-630-2938
Email: sao4th@coj.net

Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Phone: 850-414-3300 or 850-414-3990
Fax: 850-410-1630
Email: http://myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/contact?Open&Section=Citizen_Services

Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Phone: 850-717-9337 or 850-488-7146
Email: rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com

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Reblogged from pardonmanning
pardonmanning:

My name is Bonny McWethy from Kodiak, AK, I am a student and I fish commercially. President Obama, please pardon Private Chelsea Manning because your children deserve to grow up in a world where honesty and integrity is celebrated, not punished. 

pardonmanning:

My name is Bonny McWethy from Kodiak, AK, I am a student and I fish commercially. President Obama, please pardon Private Chelsea Manning because your children deserve to grow up in a world where honesty and integrity is celebrated, not punished.