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I FEEL TOO SAD ABOUT THE WAR AND THE LOSS OF MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO TAKE ACTION. HOW DO YOU DO IT?

We’re constantly inspired by tiny victories—and larger ones, too. Our action leads to positive change, and that gives us (and others) hope.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

So many ways! You may comment here and join our conversation, or visit www.codepinkalert.org to sign up for our e-mail alerts that’ll help you find ways to make change. If you’re really motivated, start a local CODEPINK group (find instructions how on the site).

HOW CAN I DONATE?

We thought you’d never ask! Visit the homepage and click the icon on the > far right of the page (trickily labeled, “Donate to sustain peace”) and it’ll take you to our donation page. Or just go right here.

HOW CAN I BECOME A GUEST BLOGGER?

If you comment regularly and thoughtfully, rest assured we’ll eventually hit you up to start writing with us on a regular basis.

HOW CAN I START A LOCAL CHAPTER?

As addressed above, you can find initial directions on the site. Or e-mail our local groups coordinator slash wizard, Rae, at locals[at]codepinkalert.org. She’ll do cartwheels when she hears from you, promise.

HOW CAN I BEST VOICE MY DISSENT AGAINST YOU?

Leave a comment on this blog in all-caps. We really hate that!

ARE MEN ALLOWED TO COMMENT OR JOIN CODEPINK?

Nope, we scan their irises and kick them out whenever they log in. Kidding. There are many (more than two!!) men in CODEPINK who are supportive and respectful of women taking leadership roles. We welcome men’s comments.

WHAT DOES THE NAME MEAN?

The name plays on the Bush Administration’s color-coded homeland security alerts — yellow, orange, red — that signal terrorist threats. While Bush’s color-coded alerts are based on fear and are used to justify violence, the CODEPINK alert is a feisty call for women and men to “wage peace.” Clever, eh?

DO YOU BURN YOUR BRAS?

CODEPINK seeks to empower women politically, creating space for women to speak out for justice and peace in their communities, the media and the halls of Congress. We organize around women’s issues and support women’s causes but do not identify as feminist to the exclusion of men’s or trans causes. In other words, my fair question-asking friend: some of us don’t even own bras.

I WEAR PINK SOMETIMES, BUT AM PRO-WAR. AM I ACTIVELY SUPPORTING THE ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT?

Well, that’s hard to say, but the short answer is yes. Unfortunately for you, pink—like “freedom,” “democracy” and “victory” have under the Bush Administration—can mean whatever anyone wants it to. So even though you might wear pink and be thinking pro-war thoughts, we choose to interpret your outfit as supportive of our mission to promote peace throughout the world. To us, the color means peace, strength, integrity, creativity, femininity, and sustainability. And we’re excited to be working with you!

ISN’T IT TRUE THAT YOU ARE ALL COMMUNISTS AND HATE AMERICA?

We love America, but not what its leaders are doing in its name. We believe America can and should stand for: peace, sustainability, fair democracy, diplomacy, and justice. That’s why we work so hard to bring back the values we believe in. 

DO YOU HATE MARINES?

No, in fact, many of our members and supporters are war veterans, war resisters, or family members of soldiers. We support the troops and their families but we do not support war. We oppose military recruitment for its forceful tactics and outright lies used to recruit young people. We work to offer real alternatives to military service. We support proper care for veterans, and support war resisters, and work to end sexual misconduct and harassment in the military.

I AM A CRAZY PERSON WITH INTERNET ACCESS. I DON’T REALLY HAVE A QUESTION, BUT I CRAVE HUMAN ATTENTION.

Well, please, comment away! We might even respond!

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