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“For the Love of Peace” - A Fast to End Military and Economic Warfare in Iraq: April 9 to April 30

April 9, 2007

Public presence in Chicago’s Federal Building Plaza begins April 12th, 2007

On April 9, Voices for Creative Nonviolence activists will begin “For the Love of Peace: A Fast to End Military and Economic Warfare in Iraq”. This is a 21 day liquids only fast in Chicago that includes a daily vigil outside the federal building which houses the offices of Senators Durbin and Obama as well as the Internal Revenue Service. During our public vigil, we hope to engage in discussions with passersby and encourage them to visit the offices of Senators Obama and Durbin to insist that they stop funding war in Iraq.

The fast is a continuation of the larger campaign, “The Occupation Project,” which seeks to end funding for war in Iraq.

On April 16 and 17, we call for nonviolent civil disobedience and occupations of the offices of Representatives and Senators who continue to support funding for the war in Iraq.

Chicago: 3 Occupation Project Participants Found Not Guilty

April 9, 2007

Dr. Marjorie Fujara, Katie Jean Dahlaw, and Laura Bernstein were found not guilty of failure to comply with signs at a hearing this morning. The three woman were arrested in Chicago on February 20th as they knelt in the lobby of the Kluczynski Federal Building, chanting a litany in remembrance of Iraqis and Americans who have been killed in Iraq. Rosalie Riegle, who was also arrested, was not present at the hearing due to being out of the country.

After an officer testified that the women slowed down business Judge Nolan said that people exercising first amendment rights sometimes does slow down business as usual.

Prior to their action on February 20th, ten women met with Senator Durbin’s chief of staff for the district and asked the Senator to exercise more leadership by rebutting claims that failure to approve the supplemental spending constitutes failure to support the U.S. troops.

Occupation Project Nation-Wide Arrests

Updated April 5 2007
Total so far: 316
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A Week in DC – Occupation Project - March 26-April 1

April 5, 2007
By Joy First
Madison, WI

I flew to Washington, DC on March 26 to be there at this historic moment as our Congress is betraying the people of the United States by voting to continue to fund a war they were given a mandate to end. When I left Madison, the House had just voted to continue to fund the war the week before, and the Senate was expected to vote the same way sometime during the week I was in DC. The bills for the supplemental funding contain a date for withdrawal at least a year (the Senate) or 1 ½ years (the House) away. Additionally, the bills have many loopholes so that Bush will be able to continue the war the way he wants to. Though the Democratic leadership claims that they are trying to end the war with their bills for the supplemental funding, I believe that we cannot accept their political game-playing when innocent people continue to be killed everyday as a result of the war and occupation of Iraq.

25 war protesters arrested at and near Coleman's office

April 4, 2007
By Joy Powell, Associated Press

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

St. Paul police arrested 12 Iraq war protesters after they blocked University Avenue near Hwy. 280 during afternoon rush hour on Tuesday.

Later, 13 other protesters who had sat in Sen. Norm Coleman’s St. Paul office, reading names of dead soldiers and Iraqis, were arrested and cited for trespassing when they remained after the office closed. Those people were with the Twin Cities Peace Campaign.

Vermont: 10 war protesters arrested at Leahy's office

April 4, 2007
By Sam Hemingway
Burlington Free Press

Police arrested 10 anti-war demonstrators Tuesday participating in a sit-in at Sen. Patrick Leahy’s Burlington office to demand he stop supporting an Iraq troop withdrawal bill they said would extend the Iraq war, not end it.

“This is an immoral war and an illegal war,” said Marmete Hayes, 83, of Burlington as she stood in handcuffs at the entrance to the Courthouse Plaza complex where Leahy’s office is located. “It demands strong action on the part of dissenters.”

Vermont: Leahy's Turn in the Barrel

By Peter Freyne
Freyne Land
April 3, 2007

This afternoon’s Iraq antiwar protest in Vermont was conducted by a respectful, thoughtful group of 20 who visited U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy’s Burlington office on the fourth floor at Courthouse Plaza on Main Street.

Newark, NJ -- 8 Arrested at Sen Lautenberg and Sen Menendez

March 30, 2007

On Thursday, March 29th, NJ Occupation delegations went to the the Newark offices of New Jersey Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez. Eight people ended up sitting-in in the lobby of the building and getting arrested.

Fort Wayne, IN - 3 demonstrators held after local Iraq protest, meeting

By Amanda Iacone
The Journal Gazette
March 30, 2007

Three people were arrested Thursday inside the E. Ross Adair Federal Building after a demonstration that called for Sens. Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar to stop supporting funding for the war in Iraq.

A group of about 30 protesters gathered outside of the building on South Harrison Street beginning about 11 a.m. Several of the demonstrators also met with Lugar’s staff inside the building to send their message to the senator.

Eugene, OR - Protesters arrested at U.S. Courthouse

By Susan Palmer
The Register-Guard
Published: Friday, March 30, 2007

Peace activists seeking an immediate end to the Iraq war were kicked out of Sen. Gordon Smith’s Eugene office on Thursday afternoon, arrested by Homeland Security officers, handcuffed and escorted from the U.S. Courthouse.

The three Eugene activists had said they planned to stay in Smith’s office until the senator agreed to sign a pledge to cut all funding for the war. Like many other activists who have participated nationally in what is being called the Occupation Project, they expected to get arrested at 5 p.m. when the federal building is closed to the public.

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