Meet Jodie Evans, Co-Founder and Co-Director of CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement that seeks to end U.S. funded warsand occupations, challenge militarism globally, and redirect resources used for conflict into life-affirming activities.
Jodie has worked as a peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist for forty years. Her efforts have been marked by a distinct and effective two-pronged approach to advocacy: sheconfronts United States’ policy officials to demand change and travels extensively to war zones to speak to victims and promote peaceful resolution to conflict. Most notably, in 2003, Jodie led CODEPINK members through a series of all-day antiwar vigils outside the White House where theydistributed “pink slips” to President Bush and other pro-war officials in protest of the impending U.S. Invasion of Iraq.
An active critic of the Obama administration’s drone policies and Guantánamo Bay, Jodie is currently organizing a CODEPINK delegation to Yemen to provide medical assistance for drone strike survivors. The delegation will also provide monetary support for the families of Guantánamo Bay prisoners who have been cleared for release, but still remain imprisoned.
Alongside her impressive legacy of activism, Jodie has published two books, “Stop the Next War Now” and “Twilight of Empire,” and has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and Howard Zinn’s “The People Speak”.
In addition to her efforts at CODEPINK, Jodie is the board chair of Women’s Media Centerand sits on many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Policy Alliance,Institute of Policy Studies, Women Moving Millions and Sisterhood is Global Institute.
Visit the CODEPINK website and learn more about Jodie Evans’ work.