Thursday, July 27, 2006

Patriot of the Month

War Protester Medea Benjamin of Code Pink interrupts al Maliki's Speech in Congress

(CBS/AP) - A heckler briefly disrupted Wednesday's speech to Congress by Iraq's prime minister.

At a joint meeting of Congress, Nouri al-Maliki was insisting that Iraq remains on the front line against terrorism, when a demonstrator began shouting, "Iraqis want the troops to leave" and "Bring them home now."

Al-Maliki paused and grimaced while the young woman was lifted from her seat and carried by officers from the House visitor's gallery.

Dressed in a pink T-shirt that read, "Troops Home Now," the woman repeatedly called back, "Listen to the Iraqis."

Al-Maliki's speech continued, with a petition for sustained U.S. support. The prime minister said the U.S. and Iraq "need each other."

CBS News' Phil Hirschkorn reports that the heckler is Medea Benjamin of Code Pink. According to the organization's Web site, Code Pink is a "women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq." Benjamin has been arrested many times, Hirschkorn reports, including previously at the Republican National Convention in New York in 2004 and during at least one Congressional hearing.

This world needs more Medea Benjamins.

For more information on her organization, Code Pink, click here.


At July 28, 2006 9:10 AM, Blogger azgoddess said...

HURRAY!! i saw this on Democracy Now last night...and the interview afterwards was great!

did you know that the Iraq ambassador will not speak to them, although he said he would

BUT they are meeting next week in Jordan with Iraq gov people to talk about getting our troops out...

i wish they would talk more about this on the news - and oh, you can watch it on the Democracy Now's web site - last nights show...

At July 28, 2006 12:20 PM, Blogger beachblogger said...

i like her shirt, has a freewayblog look to it. i'd like to see 7 people with I M P E A C H , one letter to a shirt.

At July 28, 2006 1:19 PM, Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Good for her!!

At July 28, 2006 5:47 PM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...



Come on Ya'll if a tiny little Medea can do this, SO CAN WE!!!!!!!

At July 28, 2006 7:11 PM, Anonymous Liliana said...

Yeah, love her. I'm meeting with some new Code Pink folks next week-they are a great group! We all need to connect our efforts.

I like Beachblogger's thinking!

Thanks for posting the info on Peace Train, by the way.

At July 29, 2006 11:02 PM, Blogger dada said...

Susan 'Medea' Benjamin is a true American hero. (Who can forget her at the 04 Repub. Nat'l Convention hollering up at Cheney as she was being busted?)

I admire a woman who has more juevos than any man in the room, and that's why I love Medea Benjamin. Thanks for the link PT!

At July 30, 2006 7:15 PM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

Thats what we call down south Cajones HAHAHA

At August 18, 2006 10:26 PM, Blogger Nutmeg5 said...

Medea Benjamin has more Huevos than all of the egg capitol-Petaluma. LOVE that gal! She's who I wanna be when I grow up!


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