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CODEPINK Holds Mother's Day Peace Rally at Golden Gate
by Leon Kunstenaar - CodePink
Sunday May 9th, 2021 9:02 PM
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Photos: Leon Kunstenaar / Pro Bono Photo

CodePink, in a peace rally at the “Welcome Center” Plaza, on the S.F. side, demanded a radical shift in U.S. Foreign Policy and an end to endless wars and U.S. Drone Attacks under the new Biden Administration.

The rally included a reading of the Civil War era (1870) Mother’s Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe.

UPDATE: Drone Whistleblower, Daniel Hale, was unexpectedly arrested on April 28, before his scheduled July 13 sentencing hearing, and placed in solitary confinement. A key rallying cry was: "Prosecute the War Criminals, NOT Whistleblowers!" and "Free Daniel Hale!"

CODEPINK’S Mother’s Day Demands:

- We call on President Biden to END ENDLESS WARS: To stop drumming up support for War with China, Russia, and Iran; to withdraw not just troops but all special forces, advisors, and military contractors from Afghanistan; and to end killer drone strikes in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world.

- We call on Biden to prosecute the real war criminals responsible for U.S. drone massacres that have murdered thousands of civilians. (To this day not a single person has been prosecuted for the innumerable drone attacks on weddings, funerals, schools, mosques, and other group gatherings, resulting in high civilian deaths).

- We call on Biden to stop persecuting whistleblowers exposing war crimes: To release and dismiss charges against Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale (unexpectedly arrested on April 28 in advance of his sentencing hearing on July 13) and to stop persecuting whistleblowers and truth tellers like Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. The attack on whistleblowers and journalists is an attack on Freedom of the Press, thus, an attack on our right to know important truths and failings of our own government.

In the spirit of the history of Mother’s Day and the “Mothers Day Proclamation,” written by Julia Ward Howe in response to the bloody carnage of the Civil War,…..CODEPINK gathered, calling on all our sisters and brothers around the world to work toward the abolition of war.

See all high resolution photos here.
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