Jodie Evans

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Jodie Evans
Evans campaigning in 2009

Jodie Evans (born September 22, 1954) is an American political activist, author, and documentary film producer. She characterizes her activism as working for peace and justice, environmental causes and women's rights. She has traveled extensively promoting what she terms the conflict resolution by peaceful means—including leading "citizen diplomacy" delegations to Iran, the Gaza Strip, and Afghanistan.[1][2][3][4]

Evans served in the cabinet of California Governor Jerry Brown and managed his 1992 campaign for the presidency.[5]

Evans was a co-founder of the women's anti-war activist organization Code Pink with Medea Benjamin and others.[6] She serves as the board chair of the Rainforest Action Network, an organization whose mission is to preserve forests, protect the climate and uphold human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns.

She was married to Max Palevsky until his death on May 5, 2010 and currently lives in Venice, California.

Early life[edit]

Evans was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She first became interested in social justice activism when she worked as a maid in a major Las Vegas hotel as a teenager—as her coworkers organized, she marched in favor of a living wage.[7]


Her CODEPINK protest actions include disrupting Sarah Palin's speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention,[8][9] and, in 2009, leading a protest in Santa Monica against Israeli cosmetics company Ahava.[10] Upon returning from Afghanistan, she delivered signatures from women in that country and the US to President Barack Obama asking him to send no new troops into the conflict there.[11][12]

In March, 2010, during a book signing by Karl Rove, she and other Code Pink members caused disruptions. At one point, Evans charged the stage towards Rove with a pair of handcuffs, declaring that she was making a citizen's arrest.[13] On January 30, 2011, Evans was arrested for disruptive behavior at a Rancho Mirage hotel where she was leading a protest against David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch over their financial support of part of the Tea Party Movement.[14]

In the fall of 2019 Evans joined actress and activist Jane Fonda in a series of weekly rallies and acts of civil disobedience, called Fire Drill Fridays, at Washington DC's Capitol to highlight the global climate crisis, where Evans was arrested on multiple occasions along with Fonda.[15]


In the summer of 2010, controversy arose over Evans' alleged 2008 remark to Debbie Lee, the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq that "Your son deserved to die in Iraq if he was stupid enough to go over there."[16] Republican candidate Meg Whitman repeated this charge in her 2010 California gubernatorial campaign, demanding that Jerry Brown return money from a fundraiser that Evans hosted. Later during the controversy, Lee told the San Francisco Chronicle that she could not identify Evans and was not sure who made the insulting remark.[17]


  • Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation (2004) (Co-Editor)[18]
  • Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism (2005) (Co-Editor)[19]


Organizations and boards[edit]

Evans is a member of a number of organizations and boards including:




See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Jodie Evans: Iraq: What We Leave as We Withdraw". 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  3. ^ "Jodie Evans | Levantine Cultural Center". 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  4. ^ "Messages to Obama From Iran". YouTube. 2008-12-17. Archived from the original on 2021-12-20. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  5. ^ "Jodie Evans speaks at 1992 DNC". YouTube. 2008-07-16. Archived from the original on 2021-12-20. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  6. ^ Code Pink "About Us" page Archived February 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2020-03-13. Retrieved 2009-12-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Marinucci, Carla (2008-09-04). "CodePink at the RNC: The Tradition Continues : Politics Blog". Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  9. ^ "CODE PALIN - Sarah's RNC Speech Interrupted by Protest". YouTube. 2008-09-04. Archived from the original on 2021-12-20. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  10. ^ "Welcome to the Santa Monica Daily Press". 2009-07-29. Archived from the original on 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  11. ^ Don Hazen (2009-10-17). "CodePink Founder Jodie Evans Challenges Obama Up Close and Personal on His Afghanistan Policy". AlterNet. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  12. ^ "Code Pink Delivers Afghan Petition To President - News Story - KTVU San Francisco". 2009-10-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  13. ^ "Karl Rove heckled, called 'war criminal' at book event". CNN. 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  14. ^ Pilkington, Ed (30 January 2011). "Greenpeace protests at Koch brothers' rally". The Guardian. London.
  15. ^ "Jane Fonda at 81, Proudly Protesting and Going to Jail". NYT. 2019-11-03.
  16. ^ Phillip, Abby. "Anti-war groups battle for survival - Abby Phillip". POLITICO.
  17. ^ Marinucci, Carla (2010-08-26). "Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans disputes "painful" Whitman campaign charges about alleged statements to Gold Star mom (VIDEO) : Politics Blog". Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  18. ^ Levine, Mark; Addario, Lynsey; Mortensen, Viggo; Perez, Pilar (2003). Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation. ISBN 0972143696.
  19. ^ Benjamin, Medea; Evans, Jodie (2005). Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism. ISBN 1930722494.
  20. ^ "Stripped & Teased | Credits". Bal-Maiden Films. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
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  22. ^ "South Central Farm - Oasis in a Concrete Desert". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  23. ^ "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009) - IMDb".
  24. ^ "The People Speak (2009) - IMDb".
  25. ^ "Rooted in Peace (2016) - IMDb".
  26. ^ a b "The Square (2013) - IMDb".
  27. ^ "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia".
  28. ^ "We Are Many (2014) - IMDb".
  29. ^ "The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014) - IMDb".
  30. ^ "The Brainwashing of My Dad (2015) - IMDb".
  31. ^ "Shadow World (2016) - IMDb". IMDb.
  32. ^ "Always in Season (2019) - IMDb". IMDb.
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  35. ^ "The People's Forum". The People's Forum.
  36. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2009-10-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  37. ^ "Board of Directors | Rainforest Action Network". Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  38. ^ "Institute for Policy Studies: Trustees". Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
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  40. ^ "About". 826LA. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  41. ^ "About OOA | Board of Directors". Office of the Americas. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  42. ^ "Sisterhood Is Global Institute". Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  43. ^ "Women's Media Center". 2011-06-17. Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  44. ^ [1] Archived February 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  45. ^ "Board of Directors".
  46. ^ Hayden, Tom; Dreyfuss, Bob; Evans, Jodie; Schneider, Nathan (19 March 2013). "OpinionNation: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of the Iraq Invasion". {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
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