I can't tell you how many people have called me crying. The feeling of helplessness of the people you're seeing on television translates into this desperate need to help. A lot of people are feeling like, 'These are Americans. These are my people.' They really want to do something concrete to make people's lives better.Medea Benjamin
"Medea Benjamin" is an American political activist, best known for co-founding Code Pink and, along with activist and author Kevin Danaher (activist)/Kevin Danaher, the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange. Benjamin was also the United States Green Party/Green Party candidate in California in 2000 for the United States Senate. She currently contributes to OpEdNews and Huffington Post.
The Los Angeles Times has described her as "one of the high profile leaders" of the peace movement and in 1999, San Francisco Magazine included her on its "power list" of the "60 Players Who Rule the San Francisco Bay Area/Bay Area."More Medea Benjamin on Wikipedia.
It's appalling that the US military killed these women's families and then the US government rejects their visas on the grounds that they have no family to return to in Iraq. These women have no desire to stay in the United States. We had a very hard time convincing them to come, but we told them how important it would be for their stories to be heard by Americans.Medea Benjamin