(ReliableNews.org) – CodePink was originally formed in 2002 as a grassroots organization focused on preventing war in Iraq, ending US sanctions against various nations, and ending or preventing the United States’ involvement in any wars. The all-women group also supports peace, human rights, green jobs, life-affirming programs, universal housing, and universal healthcare. After Hamas launched its attack on Israel, CodePink got to work opposing the war and the US support of Israel in support of Palestinians currently dying in the Gaza Strip. In October, the group took its mission to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-D) and was shocked by her response.
On January 29, CodePink posted a message on its website slamming Pelosi for accusing the group of activists of being foreign agents. The organization referenced a recent interview on CNN where the former House speaker said that pro-Palestinian protestors calling for a ceasefire in Gaza were spreading “Mr. Putin’s message.” She said that’s what the Russian leader wants to see, and the same goes for Ukraine. Pelosi believes some of the organizations were “organic” and “sincere,” and some are “connected to Russia.” The politician also relayed the importance of “stop[ping] the suffering in Gaza.”
CodePink indicated the California lawmaker should pick a lane, referencing a time back in October 2023 when Pelosi told the group protesting in front of her home to “go back to China,” where their “headquarters” is located. The grassroots organization said those protesting for CodePink don’t receive any money from foreign countries or outside influencers, calling the insinuation “shameful.” The group said they are “simply constituents who don’t want to see their tax dollars funding the extermination of Palestinians.”
The statement claimed Pelosi, on the other hand, receives dollars from pro-Israel groups and money to push foreign agendas. However, the post didn’t offer any evidence to support that assertion.
Reactions and Ties
Several people on social media attacked Pelosi for her words in 2023, insinuating she was the “foreign agent here,” and saying the politician had “lost it.” Someone else called her comment racist. Still, Pelosi wasn’t the first to tie CodePink to China.
In August 2023, The New York Times reported that over $1.4 million in donations to CodePink since 2017 have been from two groups linked to Archibald Singham, a longtime activist, himself, with alleged links to China and propaganda. Mr. Singham married Jodie Evans, co-founder of CodePink, in 2017. When approached, Evans wouldn’t answer questions about the funding accusations and denied that any money for CodePink had ties to any government.
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