Code Pink is an American pacifist civil rights movement, which aims at the termination of existing military conflicts, particularly the so-called war in Iraq as well as preventing new wars and the concentration of resources on life-goals such as health care and education. Most of its members are women.
Origin and objectives
The group was founded on the 2(nd) October 2002, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, and started in November with a four month vigil in front of the White House in Washington DC. They had their first protest march on the 8th March 2003, the International Women's Day, which was attended by 10,000 people.
Code Pink is by his own account one of the many women-initiated, grassroots movement for peace and social justice. They sit in their view, criticizing the fearful politics from the Bush administration to justify the violence and want instead one based on compassion, kindness and recognition of international law-based government. Code Pink emphasizes the fun and humor it embodies as well as in its work, which might encourage others to participate and want to inspire a community of peacemakers around the country.
The name Code Pink is an allusion to those established by the Bush administration's color-code system with which the citizens of the Homeland Security Department on the defensive state of the country and the necessary behavior had to be informed.
The demonstrations at the Walter Reed Medical Center
Code Pink was due to actions within the framework of the demonstrations at the Walter Reed military hospital criticized in Washington DC. Code Pink criticizes these demonstrations and argues that the underlying motivation is to draw attention to the lack of care for veterans.