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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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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.

Peace marchers go the distance to oppose Iraq war

By Anita Weier
July 27 2008
The Capitol Times
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Helene Hedberg is marching through much of Wisconsin to oppose the Iraq war.

But first she had to fly to Chicago — from Sweden.

Hedberg helps Iraqi refugee children in Stockholm and got to know march organizer Kathy Kelly during a human rights conference in Sweden. So when she heard from Kelly that Voices for Creative Nonviolence was organizing a march from Chicago to St. Paul, Minn., to arrive Aug. 31 in time for the Republican National Convention, Hedberg decided she had to participate.

Pictures From Summer Camp

July 27, 2008

At 6:45 a.m. this morning, our friend, Joel Gulledge, called from At-Tuwani, a village in the West Bank where he and another Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) member were escorting Palestinian children to a local summer daycamp, protecting them from hostile Israeli settlers. A masked settler, carrying a slingshot, was threatening the children. While Jan Benvie, the other CPT team member, raced the children to safety, Joel paused to film what was happening. The masked settler caught up with Joel and attacked him. “He smashed my head again and again,” said Joel, “with my video camera, and punched me in the face, repeatedly, with his other hand.” Joel managed to remain standing. He didn’t fight back, but he screamed for help. The attacker broke Joel’s glasses, and Joel was bleeding from a gash over his eyes. When he called, he was waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Letter from Cathy Breen

July 27,2008
Amman, Jordan

Dear Friends,

“Think about it for a second. What would you do if your child was kidnapped? If you were in a war-torn country where the police couldn’t help you? To many, if not most parents, the answer of course would be—anything, anything. Including paying ransom to those who were holding their child even if the kidnappers were terrorists. Over the past five years for many Iraqis, that choice has been a very grim reality.” (Dan Rather Reports on ‘The High Price of Ransom,” HDNet TV, July 1, 2008)

Last week in a meeting at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Amman, I was asked if I had seen the above program. I had not, but was later able to get a printout of the text. I have it before me as I write you. Why is it that I am not surprised to read that one in every four Iraqis seeking help from the UNHCR has had a family member kidnapped? And yet seeing this number in print creates a knot in my stomach, and a feeling of nausea. One in four, imagine. One in four.

Peace walkers come to Jefferson County

By Rachel Primmer for the Daily Times
July 25 2008

LAKE MILLS - Several peace-minded individuals are putting their hearts into an endeavor that will likely touch the lives of many people before their goal is reached.

These individuals are walking 450 miles from Chicago, Ill., to St. Paul, Minn., encouraging others to participate in serious and meaningful discussions surrounding issues associated with the war in Iraq.

Walk Blog: Josh Brollier, July 25

By Josh Brollier
July 25 2008

We woke this morning to less than sunny skies, but it was a near perfect day to be on your feet and exploring the countryside of Wisconsin. The weather was cool and the group seemed to be re-energized and ready to tackle the stretch of highway set before us.

We arrived at Commons Park in Lake Mills before noon, enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere of the large trees, and shared a leisurely lunch while the town of Lake Mills was preparing for their Race for the Cure. Though our messages were not one in the same, there was definitely a common thread linking the groups and it felt good to be among people who were actively pursuing a cure and life for themselves, their loved ones, and humanity.

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