Code Pink Founder Talks with L.A. Weekly About Surprise Glitter Bombing of Tim Pawlenty
Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty got a shock yesterday in San Francisco when he was glitter bombed by folks from the peace and justice group Code Pink, which has an office and store in Los Angeles. The former Minnesota governor was signing his memoir Courage to Stand at the time of the dousing.
Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans
We caught up with Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans, asking some questions about the group and the glitter bombing, which made national headlines. "We go to where people are telling lies and we expose them," says Evans. "Tim Pawlenty doesn't stand for courage or stand for truth."
Right on, sister!
Evans co-founded Code Pink in 2002, after President George W. Bush sent bombers to Iraq and started that war. "I didn't intend to start an organization," says Evans. "I just said, 'Let's stop the war!'"
Nearly nine years later, says Evans, Code Pink has 200,000 members.
The Code Pink name is also Bush-inspired.
"It comes from Bush scaring everyone with [terrorist warnings of] code red and code orange," says Evans. "So we said, Code Pink will stand for peace."
As for the Pawlenty glitter bombing, says Evans, "We were riffing off another action. There was the guy who glittered [Newt] Gingrich. So we decided to do Pawlenty. It's what you do in the activist community. Share things and do riffs on things."
Code Pink doesn't just go after Republicans. President Barack Obama continues to be a focus of the group for keeping alive various Bush-era wars.
"We go after Obama every time we can," says Evans. "We've never gotten close enough to glitter."
Wonder how the Secret Service would react to that? Think about it. Could someone got shot dead for glittering a president?
Code Pink has a store in Venice Beach in L.A. Evans says they're chasing bad guys around the globe every week, looking to expose them. They'll need the money for all that glitter.
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