Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Non-Profit of the Week: Walk In Their Shoes

The Pink Ladies are at it again. And no I'm not referring to Sandra Dee and company. I'm talking about CODEPINK: Women for Peace, 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 health care, education and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK, which isn't just for ladies, works for peace through creative methods. One of their most recent "creative" methods has been the "Walk in Their Shoes" Campaign.

Responding to the recent John Hopkins report revealing that over 655,000 Iraqis have died since our 2003 invasion, CODEPINK created the Walk in Their Shoes installation: a display of shoes acknowledging the desperate plight of the Iraqis, especially those who have lost their lives in this devastating war and occupation. CODEPINK believes seeing the shoes of lost ones will help people visualize unspeakable pain and suffering this war has inflicted on the Iraqi people. The goal of this display is to encourage people to walk in the shoes of the people overseas. This visual representation will be on view at the Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis for the upcoming Republican convention. The installation will move inside the Intermedia Arts Center after the convention and remain there until the Presidential election. Before this convention, the display has been seen in over 20 cities.

Yoko Ono and her wish trees would be proud of this effort. I'm sure 99% of us will not be at the Republican convention, but you can still go to http://www.codepinkaction.org/ and see what the pink ladies are up... believe me they keep busy.

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