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Men We Heart Fridays – Saturday edition

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Oh men we ♥! Let us count the ways! It’s been a long week (so long that this is the Saturday edition of Men we ♥ Friday)–we lost 2 amazing women trailblazers (Granny D & Juanita Goggins), the resolution and debate to withdraw from Afghanistan resulting in 65 members of Congress voting yay (see the breakdown here) was a bit grueling and well, about 100 other things that keep the days flying by! HOWEVER, Men we ♥ Fridays always gets us excited for the end of the week so we can celebrate more awesome activists! Here’s to the fellas!~

Dr. Patch Adams and a friend trying to get into Gaza with CODEPINK at the Erez border in Israel, Summer 2009

Dr. Patch Adams and a friend trying to get into Gaza with CODEPINK at the Erez border in Israel, Summer 2009

Dr. Patch Adams has a special place in our hearts – this towering man cannot help but inspire laughter in everyone he meets, from kids holding trauma from bullets, bombs, or fatal diseases, to riot police and businessmen.  It’s this laughter therapy which becomes Patch’s prescription for peace, and Congress would be wise to take note of Patch’s long-standing proposal for Gesundheit! Institute, a free, full-scale hospital and healthcare eco-community.  This week Patch is in Guatemala co-creating a clowning camp for kids, and next week he flies to Haiti to bring his contagious playfulness and unwavering belief in love to earthquake survivors.  On the phone from Guatemala, Patch sent hugs and kisses to all his CODEPINK sisters and hopes to join us in DC on Mother’s Day weekend, May 8-9, to bring a zany, creative alternative to the annual Military Arms Fair on the Mall.  Join us and you may see Patch in the world’s largest pair of underpants… or get a ride on Patch’s shoulders too!

♥ This week amidst (shocking/awful/dreadful/…) news headlines, one article warmed our broken hearts: two friends Faisal Mohyud-Din and Mohammed Azeem broke the world record for the longest hug and raised money for a local cancer hospital. Read all about it and let your heart fill with the love that the hospital administrator called “a hug for all cancer patients”. We just love men who, um, love.

And even though we called the vote on the withdrawal from Afghanistan in Congress this week “gruesome” we do have to give props to Dennis Kucinich for continuing to bring the debate into the spincycle that is the beltway and into the public debate. It was disheartening to hear how many representatives spoke of “getting them before they get us” and how little they mentioned civilian casualties (not including the civilians casualties on 9/11 of course)–but Dennis Kucinich’s speeches (and a host of other members like Lee, Baldwin, Woolsey and more) throughout the day were thoughtful, powerful, something we need more of. And let’s not forget Pat Kennedy’s rant on the media. While it came a bit out of left field we appreciate the sentiment, the calling out of the failings of MSM and egging on media to actually cover the debate (which they barely did).

Happy Saturday!

Dana & Rae

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  • PFC Harris

    I not only serve in the US Army but I am married to a 3 time vet of the Iraq/Afghan war. I lost 3 friends in the 9/11 attack and I have lost my brother and several friends due to this war BUT I have to agree AND disagree with a lot of what I have seen, heard and read about this group. True there alot of faults with the way this war started and has been run I agree war is wrong in some cases BUT I do know that the people there do appreciate the soldiers and what has been accomplished there. These people have been fighting for their lives and in a “war zone” pretty much their whole lives. The women were and still are in some places surpressed into a sense of slavery to their husbands who in a lot of cases have more than one wife. Women there are considered to be items rather than people and men are superior to them. Women of this group should be appauled by the disgrace Iraqi and Afghan women have to go through daily. I know of a few instances where my husbands unit was thanked, fed and offered several tokens of gratitude for helping them just be able to wear make up and feel like women instead of objects/possessions. Simple little things that we do daily are big deals to them that they are just now being able to do on their own. Children have thanked soldiers for allowing them to be able to play soccer and stick ball in the street without fear of repromand if alquida didnt like one of their family members or didnt approve of the other kids family that he/she was playing with. Young girls were thankful for not having to be raped in the middle of the night from a nite rade on their house. Clean water and sewage areas were installed in some villages by the military to make a better humaine living condition for these people….and then you people hold signs saying you support the murder of american soldiers? Have any of you been there? These guys are doing their job just like you do daily. Please think before you act and try asking vets and vets families before you do rallys and such.

  • admin

    Hi PFC Harris,
    Thank you for the thoughtful comments. I can only assume that you are referring to a doctored image of us carrying a banner that says “We Support the Murder of American Troops”– please read the info on this page http://www.codepinkalert.org/section.php?id=326 and then think about where you read that info “about” CODEPINK and check out OUR site instead (info straight from the horse’s mouth). You might find you agree with more than you disagree…who knows?

    I hear you about having experiences that reinforce your commitment to helping women in Iraq and Afghanistan be free of abuse, oppression, etc. It is important to remember that women in Iraq pre US invasion were not slaves, they were not living under Sharia law, so to lump them in with women in Afghanistan living under the Taliban is just not balanced. Do not take this comment to mean that somehow I, or CODEPINK are Baathists or dictator lovin’ ladies of the left (as we’ve been called before). It is just important to not overgeneralize to rationalize an ongoing occupation. The people you and your husband meet in Iraq or Afghanistan could very well be grateful for an ongoing US presence AND it is necessary (for all of us) to recognize that there are many people that disagree with occupation. In our travels to Iraq (5 times) and Afghanistan (2 times) we have met and worked with countless individuals and groups who want the US to leave. Certainly the case in Iraq. Also, let’s remember how much infrastructure we have destroyed, so of course we will be praised for rebuilding. I can say unequivocally that women in Iraq are worse off. We work with women leaders based in and around Iraq and have since before the invasion. A refugee crisis of 4.5million people, many now single mothers, can never be a victory.

    There is a lot to pull out of your comments, but I do hope that some of this above is food for thought, just as your comment was for those reading it. Thanks again and keep on asking questions!

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