Code Pink Photo Dump

Code Pink has been protesting in front of the Marine Corps Officer Recruitment Office in Berkeley for a solid year now. On rare occasion other groups will join them and they’ll combine to make a somewhat larger protest that will make the evening news — but in actuality Code Pink has tried to maintain a presence in front of the office every single day. Most of these day-by-day micro-protests go completely unnoticed by the media (and the public), but Code Pink is doing their best to keep the pressure on continuously (though on some days they can’t seem to muster even one protester).

Anyway, over the past year, I’ve had occasion to pass through downtown Berkeley quite a number of times, and whenever I did, I tried to snap a picture or two of whatever’s happening in front of the recruiting office. Most of the time these daily protests fell far beneath the threshold of something that would merit a full zombietime report. And so the pictures were filed away and forgotten.

Until now.

This posting will be nothing more than a melange of random snapshots of the ongoing Code Pink protests over the last several months, in no particular order, and with no particular narrative. Just a “photo dump,” as the expression goes. If you have a need for an as-yet unseen photo in your coverage of Code Pink or Berkeley or whatever, feel free to use any of these.


The message on the back of the Code Pink truck slowly evolves over time in a way that is only noticeable if you have a series of pictures extending across several months. This is what it said early in 2008…


…and this is what it said months later. Or is is the other way around?


I just can’t get enough of these hilarious Code Pink Mercedes Benz logos. To this day I can’t understand how a “peace group” can have trouble making a peace sign. Even more mystifiying: Most of the women in Code Pink have been “peace” protesters for their entire adult lives (even long before they joined Code Pink), and yet after all that time they still can’t consistently get it right.


Oh, that’s rich! How clever!


To celebrate Mother’s Day (or something along those lines), Code Pink baked a bunch of pink man-shaped sugar cookies and displayed them on a pink camouflage tarp in front of the office. The broken cookies, according to Zanne Joi, represented dead and injured soldiers.


Whenever a video camera hove into view, someone would inevitably march back and back wearing an “Impeach” sign.


Sometime in 2008 Code Pink decided to jump on the Global Warming bandwagon by declaring that “War Is Not Green!”


They used their oh-so-”green” gas-guzzling flatbed truck to stage a week-long campover directly in front of the office. Needless to say, the police were none too pleased.


At one point Code Pink had exhibited a long piece of butcher paper on which someone(s) had written an interminable rant. This is just a small section of it.

31 Responses to “Code Pink Photo Dump”

  1. 1Buffoon on Aug 12, 2008 at 5:55 am:

    Call me a fascist but these people should be rounded up and exiled like lepers. After I personally get to smack the taste from the mouths of at least 100 of them.

  2. 2Track on Aug 12, 2008 at 1:34 pm:

    I would agree but their so infective its better to not waste your time.

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    Or at least wear a hazmat suit while slapping them… :)

  4. 4Some guy on Aug 19, 2008 at 4:23 pm:

    I love Code Pink! They make the rest of the world look so normal.

  5. 5Hugh on Aug 19, 2008 at 7:16 pm:

    gods, every time i see a code pink picture, i think myself lucky not to live out west. ;)

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    As I recall, the Mercedes Benz sign was used for “Love”, not “Peace”.

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    Everytime I see pics from Berkeley, I thank God, er, Gaia that I don’t live anywhere near Califonya.

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