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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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Seasons of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project (SODaPOP)

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By Jeff Leys and Brian Terrell
Campaign Resources

Nonviolent Civil Resistance During the Presidential Campaign

Hi Ho. Hi Ho. It’s off to Washington, D.C. we go. For another demonstration at the seat of power.

But hold on a minute. This fall and winter, the road to the seat of power goes through Iowa with its first in the nation presidential caucus.

Let’s journey to Iowa, together to bring nonviolent civil resistance and civil disobedience to the campaign offices and headquarters of Presidential candidates—both Republican and Democrat—who do not publicly pledge to take the necessary concrete steps to end the Iraq war, to rebuild Iraq, to forswear military attacks on other countries, and to fully fund the Common Good in the U.S.

Idaho State Legislators to Request End to War Funding on Thursday

August 26, 2007

End the War! Boise Occupation Project Senate Office Vigils August 27-31

On Thursday, several Idaho legislators will join the Idaho Peace Coalition’s effort to get Idaho’s US Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig to withdraw their support for next year’s Iraq war funding.

Representatives Les Bock (Dist. 16), Nicole LeFavour (Dist. 19), Anne Pasley Stuart (Dist. 19), Phylis King (Dist. 18), Sue Chew (Dist. 17) and Sen. David Langhorst (Dist. 16) will deliver their letters to Senator Crapo at his Boise office – 251 E Front St – at 9:30 am, Thursday, August 30. They will also deliver letters to Senator Larry Craig’s office.

Illinois: 3 Occupation Project related articles from The Daily Journal

Braam, 2 others arrested for the third time

By Lee Provost
The Daily Journal
Aug 24, 2007

Manhattan’s Bob Braam was arrested for a third time Tuesday, this time outside of U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin’s Chicago office.

Chicago -- 3 Arrests at Senator Durbin's Office

August 21, 2007

Three social justice advocates with the “Occupation Project” visited Senator Durbin’s Chicago office seeking his pledge to vote against any additional Iraq war funding beyond that required for the immediate and safe withdrawal of U.S. troops. They were arrested by federal authorities and charged with causing a disturbance.

“As a minister, I believe that we have a moral imperative to end our country’s occupation of Iraq,” says Le Anne Clausen, a seminarian at Chicago Theological Seminary. “I was a human rights worker in Iraq, investigating U.S. abuse of Iraqi prisoners during the first year of the occupation, including abuse at Abu Ghraib. It is our actions that did the most to put us in this terrible mess, and we have no hope of the situation healing until we leave Iraq.”

Beyond the Rhetoric of Withdrawal: Our Unknown Air War Over Iraq

August 23, 2007

A key element of the drawdown plans, not mentioned in the President’s public statements, is that the departing American troops will be replaced by American airpower.

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The American air war inside Iraq is perhaps the most significant – and underreported – aspect of the fight against the insurgency.

-– Seymour M. Hersh, “Up in the Air,” Nov. 29, 2005, New Yorker

There’s an air war over Iraq. It’s invisible (here). It’s deadly (there).

We Shouldn’t Be Causing This

Amman, Jordan
August 22, 2007

Here in Amman, Jordan, a British teenager, Sonia, age 12, recently spent four days interviewing and befriending Iraqi youngsters close to her in age. She wanted to learn, firsthand, about the experiences of Iraqi youngsters who have fled war and violence in their home country.

A versatile and talented child, Sonia loves to play the trumpet and perform classical Indian dances, the latter being somewhat unusual for a Muslim girl. When she was eight years old, shortly before the U.S. and the U.K. attacked Iraq, she wrote a poem urging respect for the rights of Iraqi children whose lives and hopes would be destroyed by war. The poem reached many people, intensifying efforts of peace activists to stop the war before it started. Sonia continued her efforts on behalf of Iraqi children, even founding an organization called “Children Against War.”

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