Nonviolent Resistance Acts

Voices in the Wilderness Delegate Dennis Apel's Sentencing Statement from Vandeberg Witness Trial

March 12, 2009

My deep conviction is that love supersedes the law, and while I don’t claim to be an expert at when love requires one to break the law, if opposing what we’ve visited on Iraq in the past 19 years is not it, I don’t know what is. I am neither an anarchist nor one who disagrees with the need for accountability to laws. But laws that perpetuate injustice or protect those who would cause untold suffering are so counter to the law of love, that to allow them to remain unchallenged requires that we relinquish love itself which is ultimately our only hope for justice and peace. And I’m not ready yet to give up hope.

Seven Arrested in Senator Harkin's Des Moines Office Over Gaza

February 25, 2009

Harkin Occupation: Left to right: Ed Bloomer, Rev. Chet Guinn, Frank Cordaro, Renee Espeland, Brian Terrell, Elton Davis, and Sherry Hutchinson.    (Photo: Michael Gillespie)Harkin Occupation: Left to right: Ed Bloomer, Rev. Chet Guinn, Frank Cordaro, Renee Espeland, Brian Terrell, Elton Davis, and Sherry Hutchinson. (Photo: Michael Gillespie)Four Catholic Workers and three others were arrested this evening when fifteen peace activists occupied Sen. Tom Harkin’s office in Des Moines calling the senator to “repent” his voting record concerning the war between Israel and Palestine. Requests of Harkin included a thorough investigation of the war crimes in the region as well as asking Harkin to recant his previous and unqualified pro-Israel voting record. A copy of their statement is attached.

Gaza: 10 Arrested at Senator Durbin's office in Chicago

January 16, 2009

10 social justice advocates were arrested today in the Chicago office of Senator Dick Durbin in response to the Gaza crisis.

Activists demand that Senator Durbin issues a public statement decrying US support for Israeli attacks on GazaActivists demand that Senator Durbin issues a public statement decrying US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza

They sought a public statement from Senator Durbin that would call upon Israel to:

1) end its military offensive against Gaza;
2) withdraw all of its military forces from Gaza; and,
3) open the border crossings with Gaza to allow for the free and unfettered flow of humanitarian supplies into Gaza.

Fort McCoy Peace Activists Fined in Federal Court

January 13, 2009

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Members of Voices for Creative Nonviolence were arrested in August by base police at the main gate of the 67,000-acre military installation during a walk from Chicago to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. The activists said they wanted to “dialogue” with soldiers to tell them their Fort McCoy Training would leave them woefully unprepared for what they would face in Iraq.

8 Arrested in Kansas Protesting Hawgsmoke 2008

October 17, 2008

Peace activists from across the US gathered at The Heartland Speaks, a conference organized by Salina People for Peace members Janie M. Stein and Martin Bates of Salina, KS. The conference concluded with a nonviolent direct action in response to Hawgsmoke 2008.

Report on La’Onf #2: Highlights of Day One of the Week of Nonviolence

October 15, 2008

La’Onf participants hung posters in public areas, schools and government service and administrative offices. They also met with 40 organizations from Iraqi civil society.

Report on LaOnf #1: The Week of Nonviolence has begun in Iraq

October 15, 2008

“We can create a way for all opinions to be expressed; all parties and all people can participate in the elections, if we work to make them truly democratic. So do not choose violence because you think that your opinions are not being represented.”

The anatomy of a march: Veterans for Peace event ends in arrests

August 31, 2008
By Jeff Severns Guntzel
Minnesota Independent

When Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin took the stage at the Veterans for Peace rally in front of the State Capitol building today, where hundreds of activists gathered before marching towards the Xcel Energy Center, she started with the string of weekend raids on her mind: “This is not the Midwestern welcome we expected!”

Her audience cheered — among them a vet hoisting a desert-camo anti-war flag:

A cadre of protesters were clad in orange jumpsuits meant to evoke those worn by prisoners at the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison. The held black hoods in their hands and stuck signs to their backs — on each sign was printed the name, age and story of a living, breathing Guantanamo detainee:

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Veterans for Peace march ends in 9 arrests in civil disobedience at RNC

August 31, 2008

(Noted: Veterans for Peace and CODEPINK organized this march. Dan Pearson and Josh Brollier, both Witness Against War participants, and Steve Clemens, a who traveled to Iraq in 2002 with Voices in the Wilderness, were arrested in this act of nonviolent civil disobedience)

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Nine Protesters Entering Restricted Area Arrested Sunday for Trespassing

A group of anti-war protesters went underneath a security barrier near the Xcel Center as an act of civil disobedience. Nine were arrested for trespassing.

Police in riot gear arrested nine people protesting at the Xcel Center Sunday, after they entered a restricted area secured by a fence. The protesters marched from the capitol to the Xcel Center, protesting the war in Iraq and the treatment of veterans coming home.

Witness Against War walks 500th mile in to St. Paul

We were glad to attend the Vets for Peace Convention and to hear compelling “summons” to help build the peace movement.

Two of our walkers joined a contingent of the march which attempted, nonviolently, to deliver letters to people who are participating in the Republican National Convention.

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