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Voices for Creative Nonviolence has deep, long-standing roots in active nonviolent resistance to U.S. war-making. Begun in the summer of 2005, Voices draws upon the experiences of those who challenged the brutal economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and U.N. against the Iraqi people between 1990 and 2003. More about Voices

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The Fourth Estate in FlamesReproduced with permission from CODEPINK
Write to Imprisoned Drone Protester Jack GilroyJailed for Protesting Hancock AFB War Machines
My Father Was Killed by a Computer, Says 7-Year-Old Afghan ChildSometimes It Takes Children to Tell the Plain Facts
Stop the KillingArchbishop Romero's 1983 plea in El Salvador spreaks to US today
The Duvet Project, an Invitationfor 3rd winter APV to coordinate manufacture and distribution of blankets
Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. CourtKathy Kelly and Georgia Walker plead not guitly in drone protest case

The Fourth Estate in Flames

by Medea Benjamin

A war-weary American public that a year ago resoundingly rejected US military intervention in Syria to overthrow the Assad regime now is rallying behind the use of force to destroy the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). In just three months, from June to September, support for US airstrikes in Iraq soared from 45% percent to 71%, and to 65% for airstrikes in Syria.

How did such an astounding turnabout occur? Certainly it wasn’t due to the persuasive powers of President Obama, who seems to have been reluctantly dragged into a conflict that he once acknowledged has no military solution.

The credit for selling Obama’s war on ISIS must go to the mainstream American media.

Write to Imprisoned Drone Protester Jack Gilroy

John P. Gilroy #14001694
Jamesville Correctional Facility
6660 E Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078

release date: 11/29/14

Please send no packages, only letters.

My Father Was Killed by a Computer, Says 7-Year-Old Afghan Child

by Dr. Hakim

Imal, a 7 year old Afghan student in the 2nd grade, came to visit us in Kabul.

As Imal grew up, he kept asking his mother where his father was. His mother finally told Imal that his father had been killed by a drone when he was still a baby.

If you could see Imal in this video, you would want to hug Imal immediately.

If Imal were a white American kid, this tragedy would not have befallen his father. Which American would allow any U.S. citizen to be killed by a foreign drone?

Stop the Killing

As we approach the nightmare of renewed, expanded U.S. war in Iraq, I think of Archbishop Romero’s words and example. Romero aligned himself, steadily, with the most impoverished people in El Salvador, learning about their plight by listening to them every weekend in the program he hosted on Salvadoran radio. With ringing clarity, he spoke out on their behalf, and he jeopardized his life challenging the elites, the military and the paramilitaries in El Salvador. Archbishop Oscar Romero of San SalvadorArchbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador

The Duvet Project, an Invitation

Duvets are heavy blankets, stuffed with wool, which can make the difference between life and death during Kabul’s extremely harsh winters. The Afghan Peace Volunteers coordinated manufacture and distribution of three thousand duvets, at no cost to recipients, during the winter of 2013-14. Along with bringing needed warmth to destitute families, the project invited people from different walks of life to work together.

Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court

On October 7, 2014, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility. The charge was based on their participation , at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1st 2014 rally protesting drone warfare. Kelly and Walker attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the Base Commander, encouraging him to stop cooperating with any further usage of unmanned aerial vehicles, (drones), for surveillance and attacks.

October 7, 2001, Air War Begins Over Afghanistan October 7, 2014, Drone Protesters in Court in Missouri

On October 7, thirteen years to the day from the beginning of “Operation Enduring Freedom,” Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and Georgia Walker, an activist in Kansas City, will be arraigned in US District Court in Jefferson City, Missouri. They have been summoned to answer charges that they trespassed at Whiteman Air Force Base during a protest against war crimes and assassinations carried out from that base using remotely controlled drone aircraft.

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