What Is Code Pink? Protestors Arrested At Bernie Sanders’ Office Over Ukraine Funding| Watch

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Eleven activists from the anti-war group ‘code pink’ were arrested on Wednesday for protesting outside Senator Bernie Sanders’ office in Washington DC, opposing US aid for Ukraine. Many of them were senior citizens, including a handicapped 89-year-old woman. They were either handcuffed by cops or escorted out.

According to the group, 50 activists and Vermont constituents staged a sit-in inside Sanders’ Washington office, demanding the senator “to call for peace and diplomacy in Ukraine instead of more weapons and war.”

Videos of their arrest were shared by the group on their X handle. In one of the video, the 89-year-old named Joan can be heard saying, “People are dying every day. Men, women, and children.”

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Founded in fall 2002, Code Pink is a “feminist grassroots organization” that is dedicated to ending US warfare and imperialism. The group’s mission includes advocating for peace, supporting human rights initiatives, and redirecting resources and funds toward healthcare, education, green jobs, and other programs that enhance life and well-being.

Burlington resident James Marc Leas, one of the protestors, said in a statement, emphasized the need for Senator Sanders to redirect funding from the Ukraine war to healthcare.

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“We need Bernie to provide leadership to put a stop to the US funding of the Ukraine war now. Use the money for healthcare, not warfare,” he saod.

Crystal Zevon, an activist from Barnet, expressed her disappointment in Senator Sanders for voting in favor of providing more weapons to Ukraine.

“Yes, Bernie should condemn the Russian invasion, but he should also be calling for a negotiated end to this brutal war,” said Zevon in a statement.

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Jodie Evans, Co-Founder of the group, reminded Senator Sanders of his antiwar principles and urged him to stand for peace, diplomacy, and leadership for peace.

“We are showing up to remind Bernie of the values he espoused that made his name what it is. And call on him to stand for peace, to call for diplomacy and to again lead for peace,” Evans said.