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Voices for Creative Nonviolence has deep, long-standing roots in active nonviolent resistance to U.S. war-making. Begun in the summer of 2005, Voices draws upon the experiences of those who challenged the brutal economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and U.N. against the Iraqi people between 1990 and 2003. More about Voices

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Walk Blog: Alice Gerard, July 20

July 20, 2008

Yesterday (July 19), for the first time on our walk from Chicago to St. Paul, it rained. Although the dampness covered us, it did not get inside our spirits. We were ready to continue on the journey, to share our message of hope and peace with those whom we might encounter on our path.

In the morning, the Racine Dominican sisters sang a blessing with their gentle voices. Then they sent us on our way.

War protest walk arrives in Racine

BY PETE WICKLUND
Journal Times
Thursday, July 17, 2008

RACINE — The welcoming party perhaps could have been a little bigger, but participants in a peace walk from Chicago to St. Paul, Minn., will bring with them memories from a two-day stay in greater Racine.

Members of the Chicago-based Voices For Creative Nonviolence brought their Witness Against War walk to Racine on Thursday afternoon. The dozen or so members of the walk, including participants from New York, California and even Stockholm, Sweden, were welcomed at the Dr. John Bryant Community Center on the city’s south side by members of the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice.

Civil rights group joins Iraq protest walk, links to domestic 'war' on immigrants

Lisa Loring
Friday, 18 July 2008
The Daily Kenoshan

Immigrant rights activists in Racine and Milwaukee will be opposing both the war in Iraq and a domestic ‘war on immigrants’ when they join with a 450 mile peace walk currently making its way through Wisconsin and due to arrive August 31st at the Republican National Convention in St Paul.

War protesters hike through county

Lake County News-Sun
By Charlie Adelman
July 16, 2008

Nearly 20 walkers began their 52-day trek from downtown Chicago to St. Paul, Minn., on Saturday in protest of the war in Iraq.

Put together by the Voices for Creative Nonviolence program, the group assembled the walk to show the connection between the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the forthcoming Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

“Both parties have been willing to pour billions of dollars into these wars,” said marcher Lauren Cannon.

Walk Blog: Kathy Kelly, July 14

July 14, 2008

On July 12th, supporters of the “Witness Against War” walk from Chicago to St. Paul, MN launched the walk in Chicago’s Federal Building plaza with a program rich in good will and diversity.

Brad Lyttle recalled the courage and determination of peace activists protesting the Viet Nam war during the Democratic National Convention held, in 1968, in Chicago. And, holding aloft a sturdy placard written in Russian, he helped link the walk to the “San Francisco to Moscow Walk,” which crossed the globe campaigning for nuclear disarmament in 1958.

War and Memory

By Karl Meyer
July 14, 2008

Why go on foot to the Republican National Convention?

1968 was the year when another Republican candidate for President promised to end a failing war, with “honor”, with “victory”, with “success” for American forces. The war was Vietnam. The candidate was Richard Nixon. He won the election. Then he continued the war at full blast for four more years. He expanded it with bombing campaigns and land incursions into Cambodia and Laos, neighboring countries he accused of harboring enemy forces. He battered North Vietnam, as well as the South, with massive bombing. Part of the cost was hundreds of thousands of Asian lives never adequately counted, plus about 21,000 more U.S. servicemen and women killed, and about 102,000 more wounded. Then shortly before the 1972 election he settled on most of the terms for a face-saving agreement with North Vietnam, that he touted as an honorable withdrawal. That settlement soon turned into total defeat.

Forty years after 1968, another Republican candidate promises to end a national insurgency, in Iraq, with “honor”, with “victory”, with “success” for American forces. He suggests that the Iraqi government and people may ask or allow U.S. military forces to remain in Iraq for a hundred years to anchor and protect U.S. interests and investment in the oil resources of the Middle East.

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