Noting that most Americans and Iraqis would like to see a timetable for withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and that Iraq's Vice President asked Bush for a withdrawal timeline during the President's flash visit to Baghdad, CODE PINK has put a couple of actions in motion.
(1) First, they ask that voters of conscience sign the Voters Pledge:
I will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or President who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign.
Their hope is to get million of signatures and influence the 2006 and 2008 elections. It is indeed high time for Dems like Hillary Clinton to get the message that withdrawal is the only option left. We are not at war: we are implementing an occupation. As occupiers, we can withdraw or we can annex the land we occupy; the latter is hardly a serious option.
(2) Their second action is a time-honored one rooted in the tactics of non-violent resistance: the hunger strike. They will be launching a fast in Washington, D.C. on July 4. Called Troops Home Fast, this is an open-ended fast for which CODE PINK asks a show of support by persons willing to fast for at least a day.
Long-term hunger strikers will include Cindy Sheehan, Dick Gregory, Medea Benjamin, and Daniel Ellsberg. There's a long, long list of well-known names who will fast shorter-term.
Please support CODE PINK in whatever way you can. They are people of conscience who refuse to give up the struggle to end the occupation of Iraq.