U.S. Senate

Raising Hell in the Halls of Power: Activist Medea Benjamin doesn't stop working long enough to reflect much on her long career

Raising Hell in the Halls of Power: Activist Medea Benjamin doesn't stop working long enough to reflect much on her long career

Medea Benjamin, the firebrand activist and author of a dozen-odd books, looks surprisingly small in the midst of the lunchtime crowd jostling one another in the basement cafeteria of the the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Her pale face is framed by straight-cut bangs that are pretty darn close to pink in color.

I was surprised at her size because I've seen her twice at recent protests, and on both occasions she seemed to rise up and loom over the people around her, as if a projection of sheer will made her appear positively gargantuan.

But hunkered down at the long table, where she often sets up a makeshift office with other members of Code Pink, the...

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