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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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NDE to Serve Creech AFB with War Crimes IndictmentPress Release from Nevada Desert Experience
We Don't Want You to Swim in the RiverKindness and Solidarity Can Occur Among the Dispossessed
A Rising Number of Children Are Dying from U.S. Explosives Littering Afghan Land"The boys’ families were accustomed to the thundering explosions from military training exercises, which sometimes shattered windows in their village."
#NotABugSplat: Art Installation in Pakistan Puts a Face on Drone VictimsFeatured in Reason Magazine
Talks, Tears Highlight Rally Against DronesWhiteman Air Force Base April 7
Voting with Their FeetIn Afghanistan, Dr. Hakim and the Afghan Peace Volunteers Plant Trees not Bombs

NDE to Serve Creech AFB with War Crimes Indictment

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, between 6:30 and 8:00 AM, the Nevada Desert Experience (NDE) Sacred Peace Walk will serve Creech AFB Commander Col. Jim Cluff with a War Crimes Indictment (see below). Arrests seem likely when Sacred Peace Walk representatives attempt to deliver this indictment in person. There will also be a vigil in front of the base.

We Don't Want You to Swim in the River

According to the Mine Action Program in Afghanistan, most of the land requiring clearance would otherwise be used for agriculture, a “significant obstacle in a country where 70% of the labour force earns an income through farming or animal husbandry.”

Among the main casualties of war are those who starve and fall ill when valuable farmland is left as minefields.

A Rising Number of Children Are Dying from U.S. Explosives Littering Afghan Land

By Kevin Sieff, for the Washington Post
Published: April 9

KABUL — As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan, it is leaving behind a deadly legacy: about 800 square miles of land littered with undetonated grenades, rockets and mortar shells.

#NotABugSplat: Art Installation in Pakistan Puts a Face on Drone Victims

By Elizabeth Nolan Brown of Reason Magazine
Published : April 7

A sobering and commendable art installation in Pakistan puts a face on the victims of U.S. drone attacks. The giant portrait, installed in Pakistan’s heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region, features a child who lost both her parents and two siblings in a Predator drone attack.

Talks, Tears Highlight Rally Against Drones

By Jane Stoever

Bearing witness against remote control of reaper drones from U.S. military bases, about 20 protesters rallied Sunday, April 6, at the Spirit Gate entry to Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, Mo.

Noting the name Whiteman Air Force Base, former CIA intelligence analyst Ray McGovern in his talk said, “When B2 bombers flew out of here to Afghanistan and Iraq, they weren’t killing people who looked like us (white), but who were what the airmen were taught to call ‘sand niggers’ or ‘towel-heads.’ White-man is killing brown, black, and other men, women, and children who don’t look like us. White-man Air Force Base is a reflection of the American original sin, racism.”

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War Tax Resistance Rally

Apr 15 2014 - 11:00am
Apr 15 2014 - 1:00pm

Dear Friends—A war tax resistance rally is planned for Tuesday, April 15, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at Federal Building Plaza (Dearborn and Jackson). There will be a sound system for speeches and singing, hundreds of copies of the War Resisters League’s “pie chart” leaflet for distribution, signs, and banners. The demonstration is sponsored by the Chicago Area War Resisters Support Committee and the Hyde Park Center for Nonviolent Action. We hope you will will participate. For further information, contact Brad Lyttle care of VCNV at 773.878.3815. Hope for clement weather, and, if you are so inclined, pray for it, too.

Federal Building Post Office
211 S Clark St
Dearborn side - "Federal Plaza"
Chicago, IL 60604
See map: Google Maps

Voting with Their Feet

It was the jolting vibrations
that shook our senses,
direction-less,
nonetheless directed by fellow humans.
Our eyes darted from mysterious fears
of losing one another.
“There’s been an explosion. Don’t come this way!”,
torn by our unspoken wish to huddle together,
as if madness could be scattered
among the fragile shells of ourselves.
as if we could
dream the unknown away.

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