Nonviolent Resistance Acts
Mar 2 2007
Valerie Kelly and Tom Hastings, of the Defund the War campaign in Oregon, attempted to visit with Sen. Gordon Smith. They didn’t get to the office, but Kelly was arrested nonetheless. The following is a report from Valerie Kelly, a letter she wished to present to the senator, and a report for Tom Hastings who provided support for the day.
Michael T. McPhearson
Executive Director, Veterans for Peace
February 28, 2007
Yesterday, Feb 27th, I participated in my first open act of civil disobedience as part of the Occupation Project. I along with St. Louis local chapter President Chuc Smith, three other veterans; Jim Allen, Harry Wyman and VFP office manager Cherie Eichholz and Military Families Speak Out Member D. Ridgley Brown visited Representative Russ Carnahan’s office to continue our conversation to persuade him to vote down any bills that continue to provide funding for the war in Iraq. Jim Allen and I decided to sit-in to protest Carnahan’s refusal to pledge not to continue funding for the war. As a result, Jim and I were arrested.
Mar 1 2007
By ERICA BLAKE
Three members of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition were arrested yesterday after they refused to leave the lobby of the Ohio Building downtown, where U.S. Sen. George Voinovich (R., Ohio) has his Toledo office.
The arrests occurred a week after four other coalition members were charged with criminal trespassing for refusing to leave the Toledo office of U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur. The protesters targeted the two legislators because they have not signed a letter agreeing to stop supplemental federal funding for the war in Iraq.
February 27, 2007
A delegation of six men and women representing Veterans For Peace and Military Families Speak Out visited Rep Carnahan’s office this afternoon. They wanted to deliver information about permanent bases in Iraq and read letters from US soldiers. Two were committed to wait in the office to receive Carnahan’s public commitment to oppose any new funding.
At 5:00 the Brentwood police arrested two members of the group on charges of trespassing. Michael McPhearson is a Gulf War veteran, the father of a son recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, and National Director of Veterans For Peace. Jim Allen is a twenty-year Army veteran and professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University.
Video of comments made by members of the group explaining why they took action today:
Feb 27 2007
Des Moines Register
At least 19 peace activists were hauled away Monday after protesting the Iraq war in Sen. Charles Grassley’s offices in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, said activists and Grassley aides.
About three dozen activists arrived at the offices after 3 p.m. and were told to leave after asking to speak with the Republican senator. Some left without incident, while at least 12 were arrested in the Cedar Rapids office and seven were arrested in Des Moines after refusing to leave, activists said.
South Bay Occupation Project - California
February 21, 2007
Each and every one of us made it abundantly clear to Honda and his staff that we would not accept anything less than a meeting with our entire group and for the allotted time of an hour and that none of us were leaving until we had a meeting with Honda. Well, this sent Charlene and the staff into a flurry of action. We all sat there as we watched Charlene deliberating with Honda and Meri Maben, Honda’s Chief of Staff. We also watched as the 10 minutes allotted to Doug and Maureen slipped away.
February 20, 2007
The Capital Times
Dear Editor: Molly Ivins wrote in her last column “We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. Raise hell. … We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, ‘Stop it, now!’ “
Molly’s words touch my soul and inspire me to continue to do everything I can to end the war. Right now we are involved in a nationwide campaign called the Occupation Project, initiated by the Voices for Creative Nonviolence (vcnv.org).
10 February 2007
In protest of the war and occupation in Iraq, peace activists across the country commenced an occupation of their own on Monday, February 5. The action, called the Occupation Project, will consist of at least eight weeks of nonviolent civil disobedience, in which protestors occupy their congressional representatives’ offices, urging them to vote against continued funding of the Iraq War. Specifically, Occupation Project participants are calling for politicians to pledge to vote against the 2007 Supplementary Spending Bill, which allocates an additional $100 billion for military escalation in Iraq. The campaign is being organized by the Chicago-based anti-war organization Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), and is backed by many other prominent groups, including CODEPINK, United for Peace and Justice and Veterans for Peace.
By Doug Mackenzie
February 9, 2007
Campbell, CA - The South Bay Occupation Project, Mike Honda contingent, was proud to welcome the Peninsula Raging Grannies to the district offices of “Representative” Mike Honda in Campbell, California on Thursday, February 8th, 2007. The Raging Grannies sang several pointed songs and urged “Representative” Honda to endorse HR 508.