This list is just a sampling of some of the diverse organizations that have emerged to oppose war on Iraq. It was researched and compiled by Nation interns Emily Biuso, Emilie Goodhart and Lisa Weinert.
Racial Justice 9-11: People of Color Against the War
WHAT: RJ9-11 is a national coalition of racial justice groups working to defeat the war, including the domestic war targeting people of color through the denial of civil liberties. More than forty-five groups are affiliated with the coalition, including CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities; Women of Color Resource Center; and Project South.
WHY: For RJ9-11, war includes international aggressions such as the sanctions against Iraq and local warfare against youth, women, immigrants and the poor. They aim to build a peace and justice movement in communities of color and integrate racial justice politics into the antiwar movement.
WHAT NEXT: RJ9-11 is working on consolidating a more formal, national network for groups to wage antiwar campaigns on local and international levels.
WHAT: Born out of a small group of environmentally activist women, Code Pink is an antiwar movement that’s “gender-driven but not gender exclusive,” says one of its founders, Jodie Evans. Endorsers include NOW, Women in Black and Global Exchange.
WHY: Code Pink aims to be the in-your-face voice of opposition that can’t be ignored by the Bush Administration. They’ve protested in front of many Washington landmarks and leaders, once shedding their shirts, covering their breasts with doves and donning a sign exclaiming, Read Our Tits: No War in Iraq. “They can’t do this without some disruption,” Evans says of the Bush Administration.
WHAT NEXT: Since November 17 Code Pink has been staging a peace vigil in Lafayette Park, across from the White House. Many women’s groups are taking four-day shifts in the park, and some women are fasting. They plan to be there until March 8, when they’ll celebrate International Women’s Day with a concert, a march and other activities.