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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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Obama and Romney Iowa Campaign Offices Occupied by Peace Activists

Third day of nonviolent resistance to Iraq occupation during Iowa presidential primary

January 2, 2008

Des Moines – Opponents of the occupation of Iraq today occupied the Iowa campaign headquarters of presidential candidates U.S. Senator Barak Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, waiting for a response to a letter requesting them to oppose any more spending for the war or occupation and foreswear an attack on Iran.

Eight people were arrested at Obama’s Iowa campaign headquarters and four at Romney’s, in this, the third day of such nonviolent “direct actions” organized by “Seasons Of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project” (SODAPOP) since the presidential primary season began in Iowa late last year.

SODaPOP UPDATE - JAN 4: list of articles, video, and media coverage

January 4, 2008

From December 31st until January 3rd, Seasons of Discontent: a Presidential Occupation Project (SODaPOP) occupied four offices of leading presidential candidates in Iowa. Members of the campaign visited former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (Dec 31), Governor Mitt Romney and Sen. Barack Obama (Jan 2), and Sen. Hillary Clinton (Jan 3).

In total, 15 members of SODaPOP were arrested. The demands of the campaign to the presidential canidates are a complete withdrawal of the U.S. military forces from Iraq and Afghanistan within 100 days of assuming the office of President and a halt to any and all military actions against Iraq and Iran.

ARTICLES, VIDEO, AND MEDIA COVERAGE

ALL SODAPOP RELATED MATERIAL

SODaPOP is a project of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the Iowa Occupation Project

NEWS RELEASE: Peace Activists Continue Occupation of Candidates Offices Today

DATE: January 2, 2008
RELEASE: Immediately
CONTACT: Mona Shaw
Iowa Occupation Project
Des Moines, IA
319-621-4646

PEACE ACTIVISTS CONTINUE OCCUPATION OF CANDIDATES OFFICES TODAY

SODaPOP (Seasons of Discontent: a Presidential Occupation Project) will occupy two offices of leading presidential candidates immediately. Members will go to the Urbandale Office of Governor Mitt Romney and the downtown Des Moines headquarters of Sen. Barack Obama. Participants will remain in those offices until these candidates pledge to immediately withdraw military troops from and end the war in Iraq as well as veto any funding for the “war on terror” should they be elected president.

A similar action was held in Gov. Mike Huckabee’s office in Des Moines this past Monday.

SODaPOP is a project of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the Iowa Occupation Project. For more information about previous events go to: www.desmoinescatholicworker.org/sodapop.html

Kathy Kelly on Washington Journal, in Des Moines (C-Span, Jan 2, 2008)

January 2, 2008

Interview with Kathy Kelly, co-ordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Washington Journal, in Des Moines (C-Span)

Des Moines - With 40 percent of Iowa’s Republican caucus … all » voters expected to come from the ranks of conservative Christians, peace activists occupied Mike Huckabee’s campaign headquarters in Iowa’s capital city today with signs asking the former Baptist minister, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?”

Eight members of the Iowa Occupation Project and Voices for Creative Nonviolence arrived at Huckabee’s Locust St. campaign office early Monday afternoon (Dec 31, 2007), waiting for the former Arkansas governor’s reply to a letter delivered two months ago that sought his pledge to completely withdraw from Iraq within 100 days of assuming office; halt all military actions against Iraq and Iran; fund the rebuilding of Iraq as well as health, education and infrastructure needs in the U.S.; and “…the highest quality health care, education and jobs training benefits for veterans of our country’s Armed Services.”

Video: Reverend Mike Huckabee, Who Would Jesus Bomb?

January 1, 2008

Des Moines Catholic Worker community asks U.S. Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” at his Des Moines campaign office days before the Iowa caucus. Huckabee did not respond.

For more information and links to other articles about the December 31 SODaPOP action see the Des Moines Catholic Worker page

Protesters Arrested At Huckabee Office

For more information and links to other articles about the December 31 SODaPOP action see the Des Moines Catholic Worker page

By David Pitt
Associated Press Staff Writer

CBS News story
December 31,2007

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 31, 2007(AP) Three protesters seeking a commitment from Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee to end the Iraq war were arrested Monday for refusing to leave his office.

Police arrested Mona Shaw, 56, of Iowa City; Robert Braam, 51, Manhattan, Ill.; and Kathy Kelly, 55, of Chicago, around 1:20 p.m., Shaw said. They were charged with criminal trespass.

Peace Activists Occupy Huckabee’s Iowa Campaign Office

For more information and links to other articles about the December 31 SODaPOP action see the Des Moines Catholic Worker page

Protesters ask former Baptist minister, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?”

December 31, 2007

Des Moines – With 40 percent of Iowa’s Republican caucus voters expected to come from the ranks of conservative Christians, peace activists occupied Mike Huckabee’s campaign headquarters in Iowa’s capital city today with signs asking the former Baptist minister, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?”

Eight members of the Iowa Occupation Project and Voices for Creative Nonviolence arrived at Huckabee’s Locust St. campaign office early Monday afternoon, waiting for the former Arkansas governor’s reply to a letter delivered two months ago that sought his pledge to completely withdraw from Iraq within 100 days of assuming office; halt all military actions against Iraq and Iran; fund the rebuilding of Iraq as well as health, education and infrastructure needs in the U.S.; and “…the highest quality health care, education and jobs training benefits for veterans of our country’s Armed Services.”

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