Nonviolent Resistance Acts

Welcome To The Occupation: Sit-Ins at Senator's Offices, Part 1

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 6th Occupations of Senators' Grassley and Harkin's Cedar Rapids Offices - 20 arrested

July 6, 2007


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.

Grassley and Harkin’s deadline is up

July 5, 2007
David Goodner

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).

Break Time Is Over: Building Nonviolent Resistance to the 2008 Iraq War Supplemental

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.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

May 16, 2007

5 arrested for blocking the entrance to the Syracuse, NY federal building. The following is the statement from the group.

For over five years we have spoken and written a torrent of words against the US war on Iraq.

We have phoned, we have emailed, we have petitioned, we have written letters, we have written op-eds, we have held signs and we have marched with banners. We also, not incidentally, have met with congressional aides and have voted.

Tax Day -- 5 Arrested in Chicago's Federal Building

April 17, 2007

On April 17—Tax Day—five social justice advocates were arrested in the federal building in Chicago. This building houses the offices of Senator Obama and Senator Durbin. It also houses an office of the IRS.

Donning sackcloth and ashes, they entered the federal building shortly after it opened for the day. All acted in remembrance of the death and destruction wrought upon Iraq by the United States. They sang the names of Iraqi citizens and U.S. soldiers who’ve been killed during the war in and occupation of Iraq.

Anti-war network sits in at Sen. Kohl’s office through the night

by Erica Pelzek
Thursday, 19 April 2007
The Daily Cardinal

See also: Why We Occupied Senator Kohl’s Office by Campus Antiwar Network

UW students stage walk out in protest of Iraq war

After walking out of their classes at 1 p.m. Wednesday in protest of the war in Iraq and rallying students down State Street, more than 40 members of UW-Madison’s Campus Anti-war Network staged an all-night sit-in at U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl’s, D-Wis., Madison office.

St. Paul, MN: Rush-Hour Civil Disobedience Against the War


April 11, 2007

At 5 p.m. on April 3, traffic came to a halt in front of Senator Norm Coleman’s office on University Avenue in St. Paul. But this was no ordinary rush hour. Orange cones, barrels and barricades had stopped vehicles in their tracks. But this was not a construction zone. Twelve people stood in the road. Two faced eastbound traffic and unfurled a banner reading, “The United States: A Roadblock to Peace.” Two others held a banner informing westbound motorists, “This Is What Occupation Looks Like.” Seventy-five supporters stood on the sidewalk holding signs. They all chanted antiwar messages in 30-degree weather as snowflakes swirled in the frigid wind.

“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.

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