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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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Nine Arrested at Volk FieldJoy First recounts her participation in the Wisconsin walk and the arrests at Volk Field
Let It Shinemarching against lethal racial profiling at home and abroad.
Photo Diary of the Let It Shine! WalkPhoto diary of our 8-day, 90-mile walk condemning indiscriminate and militarized U.S. Govt. violence against communities of color both within the U.S. and in the beleaguered Third World.
ReplantingKathy's report from Los Alamos on sources of strength for needed work
US Drone Campaign Needs to be Acknowledged a FailureThe assassination drone campaign on the tribal areas of Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan has been one of the controversial plans of the US government in the recent years.
Pushing UpClimate change and war: a perfect storm. Kathy Kelly on the task of putting all hands on deck.

The Big Voice

August 9, 2008

Our “Witness Against War” walk is in Wisconsin, traversing traditional land of the Ho- Chunk Nation, also known in English translation as “People of the Big Voice.” In 1836, U.S. settlers, including farmers and miners, coveted this lush farmland and its rich mining resources and forced the Ho-Chunk to sell it all for a pittance.

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.

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