Sunday, May 14, 2006
CodePINK for Peace
This Mother's Day, mothers from around the country -- united under the banner of CodePINK -- gathered to hold a peace rally in Washington, D.C., in hopes of ending the War in Iraq and stopping any future wars from happening. Among the women gathered were Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan, who rose to popularity when she challenged President Bush to explain the "noble cause" for which her son was killed in Iraq; radio talk show host Randi Rhodes; and Hollywood's sexiest political activist, Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking). Even controversial doctor/clown Patch Adams -- whose life story was told in the film of the same name, starring Robin Williams -- joined the protest. CodePINK, a grassroots peace movement started by women, is dedicated to ending war and advocates redirecting resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities. This year, the organization embraced the origins of Mother's Day in the United States -- which was originally conceived by social activist Julia Ward Howe during the Civil War as a way to unite women (and particularly mothers) against that war -- by organizing the Mother's Day vigil/protest in D.C. During the 24-hour event, Sarandon read a letter to First Lady Laura Bush, urging, among other things, for President Bush himself, to call the mothers of fallen soldiers in the Iraq War, and inform them of their son's demise personally. I agree. Given the celebrity power of the event, I wonder if this Mother's Day protest will find its way into a narrative feature -- just as the Million Man March inspired director Spike Lee to make Get on the Bus. If it isn't already in the works, it would certainly make a great documentary as well!