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Published on Dec 29, 2016
Medea Benjamin, author and co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK, spoke about the recent election and her book "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection" at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy on November 19, 2016.
Benjamin and other CODEPINK activists are known for their ability to make media spectacle in settings from Presidential press conferences to Israeli settlements, challenging hypocrisy and silence. Medea’s books and lectures question the legality and morality of US policies such as arms sales, torture, and drone warfare with its collateral civilian casualties.
Medea Benjamin is also co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as "one of America's most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. She received numerous prizes, including: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Peace Prize by the US Peace Memorial, the Gandhi Peace Award, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Award. She is a former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization.