Updates from the fast site are carried daily on http://www.codepinkalert.org.
What we’re doing today:
Wednesday 12 July
10 am – Attend a hearing on the rights of Guantanamo detainees. House Armed Services Committee, 2118 Rayburn building. (Meet at 9:30 am at the front entrance of the Rayburn building, on Independence Ave, between 1st and South Capitol, SW)
11 – 3 pm – Ben Cohen from Ben and Jerry’s will be in DC to scoop up their new flavor: American Pie. This flavor also highlights this country’s misplaced funding priorities. (Upper Senate Park, on Constitution Avenue between Delaware and New Jersey Avenues)
5 – 7 pm – Local activists working to call attention to the G8 Summit being held this month, will connect the G8 and struggle in Ecuador to the war in Iraq. (Lafayette Park)
What we did yesterday:
Tuesday 11 July
Fasters and CODEPINKers attended two hearings today, a Judiciary Committee hearing on the Guantanamo military tribunals, and the confirmation hearing of torture advocate, William Haynes.
Some were allowed to hold “Close Guantanamo” signs through the entire hearing. Former Army Colonel Ann Wright was arrested for standing up in a detainee’s orange jumpsuit and condemning the confirmation of William Haynes! She was released this afternoon and is doing fine.
Art Laffin from Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House told us about the trip to Cuba where they held a solidarity hunger fast outside of the Guantanamo detention center. It was a moving presentation.
Thursday 13 July
8:30 am – Breakfast meeting with Senators Durbin and Obama (902 Hart Senate bldg)
TBA – Congressional Press Conference
5 – 7 pm – Raed Jarrar will lead a seminar on the Iraq Peace Plan.
Friday 14 July
TBA – Press Conference at Mitch Snyder Homeless Shelter, to highlight the cost of war to the local community.
July 12 to August 15
We’ll be fasting publicly from 10 am – 7 pm
During “peak hours,” 12 – 2 pm and 5 – 7 pm, we’ll have teach-ins, skills sharing and group activities at the White House. If you have something to offer, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll also be promoting on-going grassroots campaigns, including the Voters for Peace pledge, the Cities for Peace local anti-war resolutions, and the Declaration of Peace.
August 16 to September 2
The Fast will move to Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas
For more info: call 202 265 1671 x3; or email email@example.com