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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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An afternoon at Giuliani’s Campaign Headquarters and a night in the Polk County Jail

by Joy First
November 13, 2007

The Planning

I drove from my home in Madison to Des Moines Iowa on Wednesday November 7, 2007 to participate in the kickoff of Seasons of Discontent: a Presidential Occupation Project (SODaPOP), organized by Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the Catholic Worker Community in Des Moines. SODaPOP is a campaign to use civil resistance, occupying the campaign headquarters of presidential candidates who will not commit to concrete plans to bring an immediate end to the war and occupation of Iraq. SODaPOP started in Iowa because it is the first state to begin the process of determining who our presidential candidates will be during the January caucuses. All the candidates currently have active campaigns in Iowa, and the media is closely watching what is happening.

Cathy Breen: Letter from Amman Jordan

Amman, Jordan
November 13, 2007

As media attention around the world has shifted to a U.S. military attack against Iran, there are glaring incongruities with respect to the Iraq war that we are failing to address.

VIDEO: Seasons of Discontent in Iowa

November 9, 2007

Seasons of Discontent A Presidential Occupation Project opened in Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton’s campaign offices in Des Moines Iowa. They are asked to pledge to end the war in Iraq and no war with Iran. Kathy Kelly and Voices for Creative Nonviolence led the effort with Iowa’s Catholic Peace Ministry.

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Giuliani And Clinton Taste Occupation In Iowa

November 9, 2007

DES MOINES — A new campaign to place the Iraq war in the center of Iowa’s presidential caucus races kicked off in Des Moines yesterday. But as often happens, it wasn’t so much the protest that made the story as the reaction to it.

“Seasons Of Discontent—A Presidential Occupation Campaign,” or SODAPOP as its organizers dubbed it, targeted the campaigns of Rudolph Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, taking over their offices in the Iowa state capital and disrupting both campaigns for several hours before a total of 18 people were arrested.

Building peace while picking up the pieces

Originally published by The Kansas City Star (Missouri)
Nov 06, 2007
By LEWIS DIUGUID

Cries for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq have gained a lot of political traction. But world and Iraqi leaders must develop earnest plans to rebuild the war-torn nation.

That concern is the fizz in SODaPOP, which stands for Seasons of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project.

Longtime peace activist Kathy Kelly said Voices for Creative Nonviolence is leading a fall and winter campaign on Republican and Democratic headquarters in Iowa. She said Tuesday that about 50 volunteers will be at the offices of presidential hopefuls in Des Moines today.

Press Release: Civil Disobedience to Launch on Nov 7-8 at Presidential Campaign Offices in Des Moines, Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 6, 2007

Contact:

Brian Terrell: 515-255-8114 Kathy Kelly: 773-878-3815 (office), 773-619-2418 (cell) Website: www.vcnv.org

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TO LAUNCH ON NOVEMBER 7 AND 8 AT PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OFFICES IN DES MOINES, IOWA

Letter from Cathy Breen - Amman, Jordan, November 27: Refugee Resettlement Program

November 5, 2007
Amman, Jordan

Yesterday I visited a family whose 10 year old son is working for 8JD a week, that is about $10. A sweet faced slip of a child, he smiled as I took a picture of him at his work place. His father meanwhile suffers the humiliation of idleness and the inability to support his wife and other children. Beset by death threats, they fled to Amman about ten months ago; their home in Baghdad is now occupied by militia. I felt embarrassed as I offered them a small gift of money, money from a family in the states who wants to help Iraqis stuck here. The family is in need of basic foodstuffs, furniture, blankets and a heater as winter approaches. They once had work, a car and their own home. I met the wife and mother with her smallest child in tow on a bus last week. We were both making our way to the UNHCR. She to beg assistance.

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