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Press release by Project NIA;

At 1 p.m. on Friday, November 1 2013, community members from across Chicago will gather for a press conference at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (5114 S. Elizabeth Street) to voice our collective opposition to the SB 1342 mandatory minimum gun bill.

Too many of youth of color are lost to gun violence. We need safer neighborhoods, but we also know that locking more people up for longer isn’t the same thing as community safety.

Drones on Trial in Las Vegas, Sept 14th 2010

After a week of demonstrations and vigils in April of 2009, the activists entered Creech Air Force Base to highlight the injustice of the military’s use of drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Members of the US Air Force based at Creech Air Force Base control the drones used in these expanding wars. After a night in jail, the protesters were fined and given a trespassing charge.

An Open Letter to The Norwegian Nobel Committee.

December 9, 2009

We will do all we can to ensure that popular pressure will soon bring President Obama to an acceptance of the duties which this prize, and even more his electoral mandate to be a figure of change, impose upon him. He must end the catastrophic policies of occupation and war that have caused so much destruction, so many deaths and displacements, and so much injury to our own democratic traditions.

Press Release: Civil Disobedience to Launch on Nov 7-8 at Presidential Campaign Offices in Des Moines, Iowa



Brian Terrell: 515-255-8114 Kathy Kelly: 773-878-3815 (office), 773-619-2418 (cell) Website: www.vcnv.org


Mar. 18 - New Jersey: Group to push senators for peace pledge

The New Jersey Occupation Project on Monday will kick off an organized campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience to end the occupation of Iraq and stop a aggression against Iran.

The New Jersey Occupation Project is a coalition of representatives from peace and justice organizations from around the state.

The campaign begins with an 11 a.m. visit to the offices of U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez in the Gateway Center in Newark, followed by a noon news conference outside the offices. During their meeting, the group will ask the senators to sign a pledge to cast their votes in the Senate in accordance with their professed opposition to the war in Iraq.

After the meeting in the senators’ offices, the group will gather at the entrance to Gateway Center One, on Market Street, for the news conference, to state their goals, objectives, and reasons for turning to civil disobedience.

Among the group will be members of “Military Families Speak Out” who have family members in the armed forces.

Occupation Project Returns To Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s Office

Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition
POB 20085 Toledo, Ohio 43620


CONTACT: Mary Anthony 419-367-4586; Mike Ferner 729-7273


At 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 21, members of the NW Ohio Peace Coalition (NWOPC) will make good on their promise to return to Representative Marcy Kaptur’s office to see if she has signed the pledge they delivered to her staff last week, to vote against the Bush administration’s $93,000,000,000 “supplemental” request to continue funding the war in Iraq.

Fairbanks Alaska: Feb. 16 - occupation planned for Feb. 20

Occupation Project
Fairbanks, Alaska Organizer
Rob Mulford

Press Release:

Nonviolent Action, Feb. 20, 12:45 p.m. to End the Iraq War

Tuesday February 20th, 2007 at 12:45 members of North Star Veterans for Peace and others will return to the local (101 12th Ave. Fairbanks, Alaska) office of Senator Ted Stevens to reiterate the terms of the Declaration of Peace that was delivered on January 18th.

Senator Gordon Smith Locks The Public Out Of His Office

For Immediate Release: February 14th, 2007

Troy Horton — 888-435-8173 | www.defundthewar.com
Kerry Bassett — 503-327-8250

WHAT: Senator Gordon Smith locked his office door to his constituents on Tuesday afternoon. Ginger Gouveia, retired realtor and grandmother of five from Waldport, and Marci Dennison from Rainier, the Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Rainforest Guardians, went to Senator Smith’s office to talk with his staff about the Iraq war and were not allowed to enter his office. On the prior day Monday afternoon, the Senator’s staff had two people arrested and jailed who wanted to get assurance from the Senator that he would agree to defund the war.

Press Conference - Washington, DC - Seattle Activist Challenges US Iraq Policies in the Supreme Court

Jan 16 2007 - 1:00pm

On Tuesday, January 16th, in a press conference from 1 to 2 pm at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Bert Sacks will discuss his petition to the Supreme Court, filed January 8th. The petition challenges US Iraq policies.

Denis Halliday, Phyllis Bennis, Tom Nagy, Ed Peck will also be in attendance.

January 9, 2007

Sam Husseini, 202-421-6858,

Bert Sacks, 202-903-8102, , BertOnIraq.blogspot.com

Seattle Activist Challenges US Iraq Policies in the Supreme Court

Bert Sacks was fined $10,000 for traveling to Iraq to bring medicines to needy children. Through his fine he is challenging US policies on Iraq with a question to the Supreme Court: Was it legal for the US to have knowingly caused the deaths of Iraqis, especially the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children who died from unsafe water during sanctions?

On Tuesday, January 16th, in a press conference from 1 to 2 pm at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, he will discuss his petition to the court, filed January 8th.

His petition to the Supreme Court details the results of bombing Iraq’s electrical plants in 1991, followed by 12 years of economic sanctions. The petition itself is posted at BertOnIraq.blogspot.com. It is hard to imagine a topic more relevant to considerations of future US actions than the impact of so many deaths caused by previous US actions.

Sacks will be introduced by Denis Halliday, a 34-year veteran of the UN who resigned his positions as UN Assistant Secretary General and Chief UN Relief Coordinator to protest the sanctions in 1998, after heading the Iraq oil-for-food program for 13 months.

The press conference will take place on the 16th anniversary of the start of the 1991 Gulf War. This date marks 16 years of war, occurring in three different forms, which the Iraqi people have suffered through. There have certainly been well over a million Iraqi deaths.

It will also take place one day after Martin Luther King Day. In his famous Riverside Church address speaking about Vietnam Dr. King said, “Each day the war goes on the hatred increases in the heart of the Vietnamese …. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat.”

Might not the same be said today about our calculations regarding Iraq? The news conference will provide evidence that the preceding years of sanctions are not ancient history for Iraqis. To choose wise actions today, it is necessary to understand those years.

As British foreign journalist Robert Fisk put it, “The sanctions that smothered Iraq for almost thirteen years have largely dropped from the story of our Middle East adventures. Our invasion of Iraq in March 2003 closed the page - or so we hoped - on our treatment of the Iraqi people before that date, removed the stigma attached to the imprisonment of an entire nation and their steady debilitation and death under the UN sanctions regime. When the Anglo-American occupiers settled into their palaces in Baghdad, they would blame the collapse of electrical power, water-pumping stations, factories and commercial life on Saddam Hussein … [Sanctions] were “ghosted” out of the story.”

National Press Club
529 14th St. NW
13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
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"Walk for Justice" Calls Upon Senator Durbin to Act to Prevent U.S. Military Atack in Ramadi, Iraq

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 15, 2006

Contact: Jeff Leys 773-573-5380, Kathy Kelly at 773-619-2418
Scott Blackburn 773-410-2673
Website: www.vcnv.org

Springfield, IL—“Walk for Justice” members will enter Senator Durbin’s Springfield office (525 S 8th St) on Thursday, June 15 at approximately 2:00 p.m. to urge that he immediately denounce U.S. military preparations and plans to attack the Iraqi city of Ramadi, home to 400,000 people. The names of the dead will be presented to Senator Durbin’s office.

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