Jodie Evans has worked on behalf of community, social-justice, environmental, and political causes for more than thirty years.
In October 2002, Jodie co-founded CODEPINK with Medea Benjamin. CODEPINK is a women's peace group that has been organizing creative actions against the war and occupation of Iraq. CODEPINK is pushing for a reorientation of budget priorities in the US to focus on heath care, education and housing, not war. CODEPINK now has over 100 chapters throughout the United States (see www.codepinkalert.org
). Recently we have seen CODEPINK's new book, "Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism", which Jodie co-edited with Medea Benjamin. The book is a diverse collection of essays from the peace movement's freshest, most dynamic voices, including Barbara Ehrenreich, Eve Ensler, Arianna Huffington, Alice Walker, Helen Thomas, Camilo Mejia and Jody Williams. Jodie is currently embarked on a "Stop the Next War Now" book tour.
Jodie co-created the first Dubrovnik Peace Conference in June 2000 and produced Shadow Conventions 2000, held in parallel to the Republican and Democratic national conventions. Every three years she co-produces the World Festival of Sacred Music, and in 1998 she produced the documentary Stripped and Teased: Tales of Las Vegas Women.
From 1973 to 1982, Jodie worked on the campaigns of California governor Jerry Brown and served as his director of administration. She also oversaw the Office of Appropriate Technology, ushering in breakthroughs in wind and solar energy. Between 1985 and 1990, she supported women candidates for federal office as a board member of the Women's Campaign Fund and Women's Political Committee. She ran Jerry Brown's campaign for president in 1991.
In the early 1990s Jodie opened the first environmental department store, Terra Verde, along with Tom Hayden and Cathryn Tiddens. Jodie serves on the boards of numerous non-profits including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Policy Alliance, Bioneers, the Garden Project, Community Self- Determination Institute, 826 LA, and the Circle of Life Foundation.
A mother of three, Jodie is a harpist, gardener, and potter when not working to end war.
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If you would like to plan a speaking event with Jodie, please contact her at jodieevans [at] gmail [dot] com or (310) 827-3046.