Nonviolent Resistance Acts
August 21, 2007
Three social justice advocates with the “Occupation Project” visited Senator Durbin’s Chicago office seeking his pledge to vote against any additional Iraq war funding beyond that required for the immediate and safe withdrawal of U.S. troops. They were arrested by federal authorities and charged with causing a disturbance.
“As a minister, I believe that we have a moral imperative to end our country’s occupation of Iraq,” says Le Anne Clausen, a seminarian at Chicago Theological Seminary. “I was a human rights worker in Iraq, investigating U.S. abuse of Iraqi prisoners during the first year of the occupation, including abuse at Abu Ghraib. It is our actions that did the most to put us in this terrible mess, and we have no hope of the situation healing until we leave Iraq.”
August 20, 2007
August 7, 2007
Five peace activists were arrested on Monday in Bath, NY after refusing to leave the district office of Republican Congressman Randy Kuhl. The protesters submitted a petition signed by 3,000 people urging Kuhl to sign a pledge to vote against further funding of the war in Iraq.
Aug 1, 2007
On Monday, 23 July, 2007, CPT trainees enacted a mock trial of US Senator Dick Durbin at his Chicago office. They demanded a final piece of evidence that would acquit or convict the senator: Would he approve funds for life, or for more war in Iraq and Afghanistan? As other CPTers announced the trial on signs, banners and leaflets outside Chicago’s Kluczynski Federal Building, police arrested all eight who demonstrated inside because they refused to leave without a “yes” or “no” response from Durbin’s office.
July 27, 2007
This past March, New Jersey Occupation Project activists sought to meet with their Senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez. Denied access to the Senators offices, they continued with their action in the lobby of the building. Eight people were arrested in this act of nonviolent civil resistance / civil disobedience.
In late July, the Newark 8 were acquitted—the third time in less than a month that activists were found “not guilty” in trials following arrests made during the Occupation Project campaign. Following is a video of the action.
July 9, 2007
by John Deeth
“This sucks!” said Lara Elborno, walking out of the Wells-Fargo building in downtown Cedar Rapids at about 5:30 on a Friday afternoon. “It’s so anticlimactic!” Lara’s Friday night plans had suddenly changed. She’d announced at a 1:00 rally “I’m so excited to get arrested with all you guys!” and minutes earlier she’d been in custody, jauntily flashing a peace sign at her supporters. But now she wasn’t going to get to spend the night in jail.
Elborno and eighteen others had prepared for arrest as part of an “extra-legal lobbying” effort — otherwise known as a sit-in — at the Cedar Rapids offices of Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin. But in the end, the only person who went to jail was not among the nineteen who had expected to.
July 6, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From the Iowa Occupation Project
Twenty Iowans were arrested today for occupying or attempting to
occupy Senators Grassley’s and Harkin’s Linn County offices in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa. Raging in ages from 20 to 72, participants were from
seven cities in Iowa. The action was part of the Iowa Occupation
Project, connected with the National Occupation Project out of Chicago IL.
July 5, 2007
On Friday July 6, approximately 22 peacemakers, plus supporters, will nonviolently occupy the Cedar Rapids, Iowa offices of both Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA).
June 18, 2007
On August 6, Congress begins its month long recess. August 6 also marks the start of Year 62 After Hiroshima-when the U.S. initiated its nuclear first strike policy against the people of Hiroshima. And it marks Year 17 After Iraq Sanctions, when the brutal economic sanctions regime against Iraq was first imposed by the international community.
On August 6, the Occupation Project will launch a reinvigorated campaign of sustained nonviolent civil disobedience / civil resistance to end Iraq war funding. Office occupations-both legal and extralegal-will commence at the offices of Representatives and Senators who refuse to publicly pledge to vote against any additional funding of the Iraq war. Occupations will continue at least through the end of September. The Occupation Project will work in conjunction with campaigns organized by Declaration of Peace, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, Grassroots America for Us and others.