CodePink's web site is under a distributed denial-of-service attack. Their service provider is working on the problem but their award-winning web page is down for the duration. As a system administrator myself, I'm actually rather surprised it took this long for the freeptards to do this to CodePink.
I am not exactly sure what the timing of this attack is supposed to signify, or whether it is in retaliation for something in particular.
However, there is some nice New York and Long Island CodePink news that ordinarily would be available on the CodePink web site that I will now provide here. In the finest tradition of internet sustainability, I shall view freeptardism as damage (brain damage, mostly) and route around it. :)
UPDATE: the site is now back up.
More below the fold if you're interested...
I'm very excited about Col (Ret.) Ann Wright coming to Hofstra University and the Shelter Rock Unitarian Church tomorrow, to speak and promote her new book, "Dissent: Voices of Conscience". I picked up the second to last copy in the Manhasset Barnes & Noble, where it was hidden on the lowest shelf at the rear of one of the little book kiosks. Manhasset is Bill O'Lielly country, so don't go there if you're looking for a copy, because despite the presence of Falafel Boi somehow there's still only one left. ;-7 Colonel Wright will be at the Shelter Rock UU at 7:30pm. This event is a fundraiser for Iraq Veterans Against The War, and the suggested contribution is $10. She is being sponsored by the LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, The Shelter Rock Forum, Great Neck SANE/Peace Action, Code Pink LI, LI Veterans for Peace, Pax Christi LI, and Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock.
On March 6th, CodePink NYC will be participating in Hunter College's International Women's Day celebration, which is being coordinated by the Women and Gender Studies Program:
Hunter College on Thursday, March 6, 2008 from 12 noon to 6pm (Hunter West Building, southwest corner of 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, NYC, 3rd floor).
This year our International Women’s Day celebration will focus on the theme of "Grassroots Democracy." During this election year, we want to invite and encourage Hunter College students to "think outside the ballot box," to consider the concept of participatory democracy and, perhaps, to become actively involved with grassroots organizing.
Hunter College's CodePink table is sure to have a few DVD copies of graduate student Simone Delgado's 28 minute documentary, "Pink" for sale. Get 'em while they're hot - she's said that she might expand the project, which she did for her thesis, into a full-length mainstream release movie about us! I attended the first public screening of this film and to say it was powerful and moving is a gross understatement.
On Saturday, March 8th, CodePink NYC will be hosting their celebration of International Women's Day at Barnard College:
CODEPINK NYC March 8th 2008 Training Workshops
WOMEN AS PEACEMAKERS AND AGENTS OF CHANGE
9:00-9:40 a.m. Coffee & Registration
9:40 a.m. Singer/Songwriter Morley opens the day with a song
9:45-11:15 a.m. Morning Plenary: Global Struggles/Global Solidarity
Kozue Akibayashi, Demilitarization activist, Japan
Rabab Baldo, Peace activist, Sudan
Marina Durano, Economic rights activist, Philippines
Moderator: Sabira Qureshi, independent development consultant, Pakistan
11:30-12:45 p.m. Workshop session One
A. Campaigns 101 (How to build a campaign): Danielle Feris, Community
B. Non-violent direct action & Civil Disobedience: Amy Bauer, AIDS
C. Diversity & Anti-Racism: J. Love from WE GOT ISSUES
D. Art + Activism (high profile actions & visuals for your campaigns):
Dana Balicki, CODEPINK Women for Peace & Julie Talen, Filmmaker &
12:45-1:45 p.m. Lunch Break
Sandwiches provided for volunteers, speakers & trainers; sandwiches &
pizza available for purchase by participants
2:00-3:15 p.m. Workshop session Two
A. Counter-recruitment/Resisting Militarization of Youth
Barbara Harris from CODEPINK/Granny Peace Brigade; Jen Hogg from Iraq
Vets Against the War, and Amy Wagner & Youth from the Ya-Ya Network
B. Know Your Rights: Street Protests & the Law: Chris Dunn, New York
Civil Liberties Union
C. Publicity/Earning Media for your Campaign: Kathleen Vermazen,
Women’s Media Center
D. On-line Organizing: Charles Lenchner, Democracy in Action
3:30-5:00 p.m. Closing Plenary: Local Voices/Local Strategies
Chung-Wha Hong, The New York Immigration Coalition
Judith LeBlanc, United for Peace & Justice
Anita Graham, Community Voices Heard
Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council member
Moderator: Nancy Kricorian, CODEPINK NYC
7:30 p.m. Benefit concert by NOUR, a New York-based Middle Eastern
Music Ensemble, preceded by Julia Grob’s 7-minute performance piece
"Growing Up Activist"; Hall T-9 at Riverside Church (enter at 91
Claremont Avenue, ½ block north of 120th Street)
Columbia University Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWAG),
GendeRevolution, and Mission and Social Justice of the Riverside Church
American Friends Service Committee/New York, Barnard Center for
Research on Women, Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, Brooklyn For Peace
(formerly Brooklyn Parents for Peace), Granny Peace Brigade, Feminist
Task Force-GCAP, MADRE, NYC War Resisters League, NOW-NYC, Peace Action
Fund of New York State, Small Planet Institute, United for Peace &
Justice/NYC, We Got Issues, The Women & Gender Studies Program/Hunter
College/CUNY, War Resisters League/NYC, Women’s International League of
Peace & Freedom (WILPF)-NY Metro
On March 9th, CodePink Long Island will follow up with their own International Women's Day celebration, to be held at Huntington Cinema Arts Centre. Click on the link for more information.
CodePink Long Island's morale is still flying high from the Teach-In they held in Rep. Steve Israel's office a few days ago, which was taped by Long Island News and appeared last night in a 15 minute newscast.
The teach-in at Steve Israel's office was very successful. Not only did we meet with Steve Israel and presented our information but we continued our teach-in at a 2 PM meeting with his staff.
We informed Rep. Israel about legislation that he was unfamiliar with and he said that he would look into it further. We presented our case for impeachment with clear documented facts about the cost of war, the infringement of our rights, the abuse of the Constitution, and the road to Fascism. We hope it made a dent but he seemed to be unmoved on this point. We were adamant about his responsibility to uphold the Constitution and told him that it was his DUTY to sign the Wexler letter calling for hearings on impeachment.
We're CodePink and we are proud! We are women, we are loud!
We are many, we'll be more! And we'll end this bloody war!