Rise. Resist. Create. Be in the PINK.
Campus CODEPINK seeks to empower, inspire, and amplify a community of peacemakers in order to build a lasting foundation of social activism. Campus involvement is essential to this movement as the voice of the youth plays a significant role in our society and has the power to make a change. 
Campus CODEPINK chapters are popping up around the country and are taking action locally and, in doing so, are working to attain peace globally through creative activism. Join CODEPINK by speaking out at a local level and have fun while working to end this unjust war. 

Purpose: The purpose of Campus CodePink for Peace is to activate and inspire UF students to promote peace through creative engagement of international peace and human rights issues and events.

Activities: Campus CodePink will hold conscienceness-raising events, raise money to support our troops and peace organizations, and engage students in activities that work to increase awareness of international human rights and peace.

Affiliations: We are affiliated with the national CODEPINK Women for Peace organization as well as the local Gainesville CodePink Women for Peace.

What is CODE

CODEPINK emerged out of a desperate desire by a group of American women to stop the Bush administration from invading Iraq. The name CODEPINK plays on the Bush Administration's color-coded homeland security alerts — yellow,orangered — that signal terrorist threats. While Bush's color-coded alerts are based on fear and are used to justify violence, theCODEPINK alert is a feisty call for women and men to "wage peace."

CodePINK is women and girls (and men who believe in humane values and respect & honor women's leadership) 
CodePINK values diversity, collaborates and listens. 
CodePINK imagines a world where truthful, moral leaders inspire courage and action; leaders who make choices for humanitarian reasons 
CodePINK visualizes a world made safer through the hard work of treaties and diplomacy 
CodePINK preserves the environment for our offspring and for generations to come 
CodePINK prioritizes health care, quality education and quality of life 
CodePINK knows that war destroys, prison destroys, violence destroys 
CodePINK anticipates a world where boundaries can be crossed, differences shared and celebrated, and where enemies take on a human face. 
CodePINK asks that we learn the lessons of September 11th in order that those whose lives were lost did not die in vain: 
      - fear produces war 
      - war produces retaliation 
      - retaliation produces retribution 
      - and desperation produces horrific acts on the part of those who have nothing to lose 
CodePINK imagines a world where human beings take responsibility and evolve. Our Intention: By expanding our awareness and intention of holding peace, being peace, speaking peace, we give voice and power to peace and open the doors for others to join us in spirit and action, that is women, men and children listening and working in collaboration to care for our family, community, nation, world and universe.

What is our mission?
CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities.CODEPINK rejects the Bush administration's fear-based politics that justify violence, and instead calls for policies based on compassion, kindness and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor,CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.

"By expanding our awareness and intention of holding peace, being peace, speaking peace, we give voice and power to peace, and open the doors for others to join us in spirit and action." 

How did it get started?
Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Diane Wilson, Starhawk and about 100 other women kicked off 
CODEPINK on November 17, 2002. We set up for a 4-month all-day vigil in front of the White House during the cold of winter. The vigil inspired people from all walks of life, and from all over the country, to stand for peace. Many organizations joined us, including Greenpeace, WILPF, WAND, Public Citizen, NOW, Women for Women International and Neighbors for Peace and Justice. The vigil culminated on March 8, International Women's Day, when we celebrated women as global peacemakers with a week of activities, rallies and a march to encircle the White House in pink. Over 10,000 people participated, and a group of 25 women, including Alice Walker, Maxine Hong Kingston, Susan Griffin, Starhawk, Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin, were arrested for taking our peaceful protest right up to the White House gate. 

Since then 
CODEPINK has become a worldwide network of women and men committed to working for peace and social justice. We have become famous for confronting the warmongers, whether in the halls of Congress, the national conventions of both the Republicans and Democrats, George Bush's fundraisers, Donald Rumsfeld and Nancy Pelosi's house.

Our Call to You:
"We call on women around the world to rise up and oppose the war in Iraq. We call on mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters, on workers, students, teachers, healers, artists, writers, singers, poets, and every ordinary outraged woman willing to be outrageous for peace.  Women have been the guardians of life-not because we are better or purer or more innately nurturing than men, but because the men have busied themselves making war. Because of our responsibility to the next generation, because of our own love for our families and communities and this country that we are a part of, we understand the love of a mother in Iraq for her children, and the driving desire of that child for life."--Starhawk

A Global Movement
The peace movement is global:
CODEPINK has strengthened our international ties through peacemaking delegations to Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Beirut , Iraq, Italy, the war tribunal in Turkey, Britain's Stop the War assembly, a gathering in Thailand of women worldwide, and our participation in the World Social Forum in Brazil and Venezuela.