Peace activists are demanding lawmakers push for a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine instead of sending more weapons. On Wednesday, Capitol Police arrested 11 members of the antiwar group CodePink as they occupied the office of Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders. CodePink’s Medea Benjamin read a statement Sanders delivered in February 2022 calling for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine.
Medea Benjamin: “'So let's sit down. Let’s negotiate. And let’s come up with a diplomatic solution.’ That is the good Bernie. That’s the Bernie we want, not the other Bernie who is OK’ing billions and billions of dollars in weapons and says you can’t talk to Putin. And we have a one-word answer to Bernie when he says you can’t talk to Putin, because he’s said that to us. We say, 'Try.' Right? Try. We want to see what the result of Biden talking to Putin is, right?”