Code Pink targets DNC delegates with demonstrations

Code Pink targets DNC delegates with demonstrations

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by Tony Burbeck / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on September 4, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 5 at 5:54 AM

There were plenty of messages inside Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday night, including messages for the delegates from a group called Code Pink, some of whom could be your grandparents.

Some look like grandma protestors. They covered the entrances to the arena speaking out against war and targeting politicians who walked by.

Every song they sang was about war, and all were sung to the melody of "When The Saints Go Marching In," no matter what the words are.

"We make them up as we go along. We improvise. That's what makes it kind of fun," one protester said.

The youngest in the group is 23, and the oldest is 66-year-old retired Army Col. Ann Wright, who also resigned as a diplomat from the State Department over invading Iraq.

Their message Tuesday: Targeting DNC delegates and holding them accountable for their party's platform.

"When we feel the government, any administration, is taking us into wars that are wars of choice that are something we shouldn't be doing, then it's our obligation to speak up," Wright said.

Members say typical reactions to their songs are people shaking their hands, waving at them or taking pictures.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank just kept walking. Code Pink just kept singing.
 

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