Jodie Evans: Why I was arrested

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Posted July 29, 2021 from United States

On Monday, June 19th I flew to Washington, DC to join the CODEPINK team of Medea, Ally and Olivia and 100 other women who were risking arrest. This was part of the Moral Mondays of The Poor Peoples Campaign; A Call for a Moral Revival.  This one fell on the on the anniversary of the 1948 Seneca Falls Women’s Convention.   

So we came together as women on the shoulders of those women 173 years ago who called for equal rights and voting rights for all. Just last week Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, chair of Congressional Black Caucus, and other activists were arrested at the Senate Hart building calling on the need for voting rights.  But we and most US citizens are not allowed in Congress these days.  So we created a circle blocking all the streets between the Hart Building and Congress singing and chanting together as we were picked off one by one and arrested.  We were calling on Congress to Pass the Peoples Act, to move the funds from war and weapons to the needs of the people and to call for the right to vote for all.  Kicking off a Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action that is moving to our cities and Senators offices this coming Monday.  Find a Poor Peoples Campaign near you to join in on Mondays.

We stand at this moment in history where we must be throwing ourselves at the machine, the violence of those with against those without is like a runaway train.  I was at Line 3 a few weeks ago, where the Rainforest Action and Giniw Collective team put their bodies on the line to stop the violence to the indigenous communities and their wild rice economy, the pipeline will destroy lakes and rivers and water which is essential to life.  Water Is Life.

The Poor Peoples Campaign has been working for years to raise the needs of the people, 140 million Americans living at the edge of poverty while the budget for war continues to escalate.  It is unbelievable that Congress is passing laws while we are locked out of our right to protest.  It is madness!  More money for war is madness.  It is why I leapt at the chance to join so many women to say NO!  To call for a commitment to the people!  The photo of me from the protest was in the Boston Globe, the pink captures the attention of people, it is the color of love and we are all pink inside.

I encourage you to get out in your communities, to travel to Line 3, to disrupt your member of Congress or the Senate this August while they are home.  

They are not hearing enough from us!  Inequality and wars must end!!!  But it will take us in the streets to push the machine backward.  

Peace and love,  

Jodie

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Tamarack Verrall
Jul 30
Jul 30

Dear Jodi,
The presence of women taking a stand together is powerful, especially as our voices are still so often silenced, or never reach mainstream media. "A call for moral revival". It is a great and important call. Ending poverty. Challenging the obscene discrepancy between people struggling to survive, and billionaires steering the politicians toward maintaining status quo. To know about your work, your group gives me courage to continue. Yes, we must hold our governments accountable. As a neighbour to the north I have visited Seneca Falls, when women had an encampment there in the 1970's. We in Canada have so often been inspired by our sisters in your country.

codepink
Aug 16
Aug 16

Thank you so much for your support! Your words radiate peace and solidarity, and they give us, people at CODEPINK, courage, too! If we're not working to improve this world, what are we working towards to, exactly <3

megsmueller
Jul 30
Jul 30

Hi Jodi. I am moved! I googled to go and learn more about the Seneca Falls Womens' Convention. Those who went before you would be so proud. Much respect to sister Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
I am trying the fathom the rationale behind "more money for war..."??? You sisters look so good together...you stand tall like a giant wall, looking beautiful with smiles on your faces. "She smiles at the struggle".

Thank you for sharing. Keep up the good work. Much love to you!

codepink
Aug 16
Aug 16

Thank YOU for your support! We at CODEPINK are sending you lots of love back! <3

Marie-louis
Jul 31
Jul 31

Hi judie
How are you doing.
What a great courage and spirit you have, to stand up with others to fight for and to continue fighting for the betterment of others. May the pink colour that flows from within you reachout to many so that this vision can be realized and established.
#Much love#

codepink
Aug 16
Aug 16

Marie-Louis, thank you so much! And thanks for being a person who cares <3

Olutosin
Aug 01
Aug 01

I love women.
When we stand together, we can move mountains. May we continue to work and walk in solidarity and sisterhood.

WELLDONE.

codepink
Aug 16
Aug 16

Yes! That's the most beautiful wish (and action that come from it!) we can have <3

Beth Lacey
Aug 03
Aug 03

Keeping these voices alive is so important

codepink
Aug 16
Aug 16

Beth, it is!
Let's keep them alive indeed!

Adanna
Aug 06
Aug 06

Dear Jodie,

Thank you (and to the other women) for being brave and speaking out.

Thank you for sharing.

Peace and love,
Adanna

codepink
Aug 16
Aug 16

Adanna, thank you! Let's raise those voices together!

charlenegailtaruwona

Dear Jodie,
I am moved by your story. Taking a stand to fight not only for you but for others. In my culture this act you did also counts as 'UBUNTU' - I am because you are. You make us proud.

codepink
Aug 16
Aug 16

Charlene, thank you so much for your kind words!
"There's no 'them', there is only 'us'" --- indeed <3

MUKABA ZAWADI
Aug 10
Aug 10

Merci pour le partage de votre histoire vous êtes une femme braves, courage et va de l'avant

codepink
Aug 16
Aug 16

Merci pour votre soutien, Mukaba! <3