Code Pink, San Francisco Supervisors, step up
pressure on Pelosi over support for war funding
Members of Code Pink held a rally outside the Philip Burton Federal
Building in San Francisco Wednesday to urge Speaker Nancy Pelosi
to stop funding the Bush administration's penchant for war and
March 22, 2007
One day before Congress votes on a supplemental appropriations
bill setting benchmarks and a final date of withdrawal of U.S.
forces from Iraq in 2008, local officials joined Code Pink Wednesday
at the Phillip Burton Federal Building to call on Speaker Nancy
Pelosi to cut off all war funding, and to bring about an immediate
end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
Pelosi has been widely criticized for her ambiguous stand in
support of war appropriations while touting "no blank check"
Grassroots activist Krissy Keefer, who ran for Congress on an
anti-war platform against Pelosi in 2006, said money appropriated
in the name of U.S. troops is not benefiting the troops.
"It is absolutely not supporting the troops", she said.
"We know at this point that the money is absolutely not going
to the troops. It is going to Halliburton
and other corporations."
Code Pink activist Janet Weil, drawing attention to Pelosi's
reluctance to represent San Francisco's progressive opposition
to the war said: "Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi could have joined
with her sisters, California Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey
and Maxine Waters to build the consensus in Congress to fully
fund the withdrawal of US troops by December 2007."
"We still call on Congresswoman Pelosi to represent her
progressive, pro-peace district and to support the Barbara Lee
amendment to the supplemental for a fully funded withdrawal,"
Code Pink is maintaining a daily 24-hour peace protest outside
Pelosi's house in San Francisco.
Photo by Pia Torelli
"We are going to be there until the appropriations bill
is voted on. And when Nancy makes her vote, if it's a 'yes' we're
going to have civil disobedience," said Code Pink activist
Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Chris Daly joined the rally to
voice their discontent with congress and Pelosi.
"If we want to make sure that we're out of the Middle East,
we then have to make sure that they (representatives) hear us.
If they do not hear us we also have to attach the message that
we will make sure they are voted out of office," Mirkarimi
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Supervisor Daly, who successfully shepherded a recent
non-binding resolution calling on congress to secure the immediate
withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, called on Pelosi to represent
the voters who elected her to office.
"Yes, Nancy Pelosi does have to deal with political realities
in Washington D.C. But she also has to deal with political realities
in her congressional district.
"In 2004 with San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco
Examiner saying no, 63 percent of San Franciscans said 'yes' to
immediate withdrawal", Daly said.
Supervisor Chris Daly.
The supplemental bill will be debated in the house
today and is expected to be voted on by the close of business
Thomas contributed to this report.