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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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My Five Days in “Pod A”Drone protester Bonnie Block speaks about the Juneau County Jail
"We Are a Country at War"Cathy Breen writes from Iraq
Making History and Building a Future in the Nevada DesertPeace Camp in Nevada makes history- what of the future?
When Kathy Went to Jailoriginally posted on the Palestine Chronicle
Hearing All VoicesNote from Kathy one week before her release
The Storm Is OverKathy Kelly writes on prison construction and what we aren't building

Walk Blog: Alice Gerard (Baraboo to Reedsburg)

By Alice Gerard
Aug 5, 2008

We left our campsites at Devil’s Lake State Park early on Saturday morning. It didn’t take us long to depart. We seem to have become quite proficient at packing our luggage, the air mattresses, and the tents in a short amount of time.

We all got on the bus and returned to Baraboo. Just the previous day, we had walked from Devil’s Lake State Park to Baraboo. It was a short walk but a workout, nevertheless. Half of it was uphill on winding roads. Saturday’s walk was promising to be longer. Fortunately, we started early. I didn’t really feel awake yet and was hoping that I would be halfway to our destination before I realized that I was tired and that my feet hurt.

War protesters stop in Waunakee

By Roberta Baumann
Aug 6, 2008
Wanuakee Tribune

With temperatures in the high 80s and high humidity, several folks sitting under a shade tree in the Village Park seemed happy just to take a load off last week.

The 10 or so protesters against the war in Iraq stopped in Waunakee on their 450-mile walk from Chicago, Ill., to St. Paul, Minn., where they will conclude with the Republican National Convention.

They are part of the Witness Against War project, and during their stop in Waunakee June 29, several village residents came to visit with them and learn of their journey so far.

Area resident Don Spencer, planned to prepare lunch for the group the following day before sending them on their way.

AUDIO: Kathy Kelly interview with The Progressive

Original broadcast: The Progressive Radio Show

My guest today is Kathy Kelly, who founded Voices in the Wilderness and now works with Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

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.”

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