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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Local opinions, national issues - Mauston, WI

August 6, 2008
By Rhonda Siebecker
Juneau County Star-Times

It was standing room only Tuesday evening, at a forum which Peace Committee president John McGinley hoped would “raise the level of debate” about the war in Iraq.

Approximately 70 people attended the forum on the Iraq war held at Hatch Public Library.

The event, organized by the Juneau County Peace Committee, featured Jeff Leys of the Witness Against War Walk and Scott Southworth, the county’s district attorney and Iraq war veteran.

Walk Blog: Alice Gerard (Lake Mills to Cottage Grove)

By Alice Gerard
July 26, 2008

Mosquitoes that managed to sneak into the tent that I shared with Mary and Helene enjoyed a feast. In the middle of the night, I awakened to the drone of a mosquito that was ready to dive bomb me. In the dark and without my glasses, I swatted ineffectively in the air, covered my face with my arms, and drifted back to sleep.

Five o’clock in the morning seems to come awfully quickly.

It was time to go to the public showering facility near the bike path. Tim drove Mary, Helene, and me there. I enjoyed a hot shower and emerged, feeling human again.

Back at the campsite, we welcomed Huihwa, Mark, and Mike, who are going to be part of our group for the weekend.

After packing up the tents and deflating the mattresses and eating breakfast, we were ready to begin our day’s adventure, walking from Lake Mills to Cottage Grove.

Letter from Cathy Breen

Amman, Jordan
July 30, 2008

Dear Friends,

Yesterday I received the following message from friends in Baghdad.

“Our Prime Minister visited the pope a few days ago and invited him to visit Iraq and persuade Christian Iraqis to return back to Iraq…. though Iraq is still a hotbed of crime and conspiracy. Many Iraqis in Syria and Jordan have returned either because their savings were depleted or they were not lucky enough to be picked by the UNHCR. Until now I cannot understand the criteria they are using to select the refugees. The conditions here are still bad, with no services at all. We even boil the drinking water to make sure it is safe while we heard that in the Green zone they import distilled water from Kuwait to use for washing and showers.”

Walk Blog: Josh Brollier, from Baraboo to Reedsburg

By Josh Brollier
August 2, 2008

Today we traversed a 16 mile trek from Baraboo to Reedsburg. Much of the time I was thinking of Hiroshi, the organizer for last night’s event at the Garden Party Cafe, and his description of just how difficult it can be to get large crowds of people to come out for peace events in Baraboo. The event was not a failure by any means. There were probably twenty to thirty folks there, and I was very excited by the enthusiasm and the response of the crowd. However, many activists and concerned citizens share Hiroshi’s concerns, questions, and confusion as to why there is not a more organized and visible peace movement at present in the United States.

Group continues walk from Chicago to convention

The Associated Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A small group of people opposed to the war in Iraq are walking 450 miles from Chicago to St. Paul, with plans to arrive just days before the Republican National Convention.

Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator for Chicago-based Voices for Creative Nonviolence, is among the walkers. She spoke to The Associated Press by phone from Sauk City, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, saying things are going well - aside from mosquitoes and sore feet.

There are about a dozen walkers, averaging about 12 miles of walking each day. In Sauk City, the walkers attended a vigil against the war. A day earlier, they stopped at Governor Jim Doyle’s office in Madison and delivered a letter saying the state should resist sending the Wisconsin National Guard to Iraq.

The Republican National Convention runs from September 1-4.

Walk Blog: Visit to Governor Doyle's office (Madison, WI)

July 30, 2008

In Madison, WI, we delivered a letter to Governor Doyle, urging him to support State assemblyman Spenser Black in his efforts to prevent the National Guard from going to Iraq. Mr.Farland, an aide to the governor, met with about two dozen of us who crowded into the reception area of the governor’s office. The letter reads:

Governor Jim Doyle
Office of the Governor 115 East State Capitol Madison, Wisconsin 53702 Governor Doyle,

The Red Arrow 32nd Brigade Combat Team of the Wisconsin National Guard is currently scheduled to deploy to Iraq in 2009.

We urge you to take all necessary steps to prevent this deployment from happening. This includes, but is not limited to, taking legal action in the form of a lawsuit to prevent future deployments to Iraq.

They're taking a stand against the war, one step at a time

By Randy Furst, Star Tribune
July 28, 2008

Marching through small towns and big cities across Illinois and Wisconsin, a handful of war protesters are on the first leg of a 450-mile walk from Chicago to St. Paul to join demonstrators at the Republican National Convention.

“As we come through various communities, individuals and groups join us to walk for a day or two,” Dan Pearson, 27, said by cell phone from Madison, Wis., where the group stopped Monday to attend a peace vigil at the state Capitol.

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