I was the sort of idealistic history major who actually thought my government ought to fulfill the promises it had made to be of, by and for the people. As my family was growing up I was often too busy earning a living and being a mom to pay close attention to the news. In any case, in the pre-Internet days, it was a whole lot harder to find information outside of packaged spin by mainstream media. I was a one-off activist, responding here and there to injustice with ideas that usually, because I am a writer, centered around communication.
As CODEPINK began to colorfully and vocally object to the Bush administration’s war on Iraq, I began to notice them. At least someone is representing me in Washington, I would think when I saw photos of Desiree with “blood” on her hands confronting Condi Rice, or Medea being ejected from congressional hearings while shouting out the truth.
I had been increasingly active with my local peace and justice allies when one day I decided to explore the CODEPINK website. Clicking on the state of Maine I found that there was no local coordinator listed — and that just didn’t seem right! That very day I applied to move up to that leadership role in my area.
The mentoring and inspiration from the wonderful women of CP has been non-stop ever since. I was fortunate to visit the Pink House and spend a week in action just as the first Obama cabinet began testifying in Congress. My first day there a group of us went to the TARP hearing where Tim Geithner answered to Elizabeth Warren, and the photos of us hovering pinkly behind an irritated treasury secretary are my all time favorites.
It would take a small book to list the ways that CP has mentored, supported, and amplified my voice for justice. The incredible network of local leaders has supplied me with a band of sisters and brothers that have enriched my life and fired me up with creative ideas for vibrant activism. Even more exciting is the number of people who have said their activism is energized by my local group’s creative and fun ideas for getting the truth out and inspiring others.
CODEPINK has turned out to be one of the great blessings of my life!
-Lisa Savage, CODEPINK Maine