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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VIDEO: Kathy Kelly Speaking in Anchorage Alaska Oct 2006

June 2007

Kathy Kelly presents her experiences of visits to Iraq before the US occupation and her subsequent visits. The video is in 5 parts.

Part 1

Iraq Healthcare and Humanitarian Reports

June 2007

Compiled by Ben Meyer
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Following are links to key reports on the health care and humanitarian crisis that is harming the people of Iraq.

Defending Tuwani: Small-scale Nonviolent Resistance Sows Seeds For Large-scale Change In The West Bank

June 21, 2007

In a centuries-old West Bank town, Palestinian villagers, international peace teams and Israeli activists unite in the face of settler violence and military interference.

By Maya Schenwar

Break Time Is Over: Building Nonviolent Resistance to the 2008 Iraq War Supplemental

June 18, 2007

On August 6, Congress begins its month long recess. August 6 also marks the start of Year 62 After Hiroshima-when the U.S. initiated its nuclear first strike policy against the people of Hiroshima. And it marks Year 17 After Iraq Sanctions, when the brutal economic sanctions regime against Iraq was first imposed by the international community.

On August 6, the Occupation Project will launch a reinvigorated campaign of sustained nonviolent civil disobedience / civil resistance to end Iraq war funding. Office occupations-both legal and extralegal-will commence at the offices of Representatives and Senators who refuse to publicly pledge to vote against any additional funding of the Iraq war. Occupations will continue at least through the end of September. The Occupation Project will work in conjunction with campaigns organized by Declaration of Peace, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, Grassroots America for Us and others.

Threats, violence in Baghdad threaten new wave of displaced

June 18, 2007

BAGHDAD, 18 June 2007 (IRIN) - Sunni families remaining in Shia neighbourhoods of Baghdad are being forced to flee their homes: A 72-hour deadline announced by militants for them to leave these areas or face death expires on 18 June.

The ultimatum has put many Iraqi families in a desperate situation and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are worried as displacement camps could not cope with all the internally displaced people (IDPs) that this ultimatum might trigger.

PeaceTalks: Interview with David Smith Ferri, activist poet

George Cadman of Free Radio Santa Cruz interviews activist poet David Smith Ferri about his book “Battlefield Without Borders” and about he and Kathy Kelly’s talk in Santa Cruz on May 23, 2007.

David has been to Iraq twice and once to Jordan. In 1999 he traveled to Iraq with Voices in the Wilderness to oppose the US/UN sanctions and in 2002 to speak with Iraqis about their reaction to US threats of an invasion. In 2006 he traveled to Amman, Jordan with Voices For Creative Nonviolence to visit with Iraqi refugees.


Iowa: Federal Judge Drops Charges Against Seven Peace Activists

June 1, 2007
Des Moines, Iowa
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Acting yesterday on a motion by the United States Attorney, US Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer ordered that charges against seven central Iowa peace activists be dropped.

“The Court finds that the ends of Justice are served by granting the dismissal of Violation Notices, and FINDS that such dismissals are in the best interest of the public,” ruled Judge Bremer in the case titled UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. EDWARD BLOOMER, et al.

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