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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

recent additions at a glance

Saddam and ChurchillComparing the careers of Saddam and Churchill, written 9 years ago
Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp Kathy Kelly remembers visiting a U.S.-run POW camp in Iraq in 2004
There Is No Future in War: Youth Rise Up, a Manifesto the youth of America are taking a stand against war
On Worthier VictimsGetting Beyond Disinformation Around ISIS
A Teacher in KabulA story of hope from Afghanistan
Privilege and CourageSherri Maurin's further reflections from Kabul

Letter from Amman -- September 28, 2007

September 28, 2007

Amman, Jordan

Dear Friends,

It is Friday morning and there is a hushed atmosphere in the city as people observe this welcomed day of rest. Businesses are closed and the streets are silent. Two weeks into the holy month of Ramadan, I continue to enjoy the slower pace. It challenges me to try and live more intentionally.

Des Moines, IA High School Students Arrested at Senator Grassley's Office

Students sit to take a stand: 4 D.M. war opponents who refuse to leave Grassley’s office are arrested

By Abby Simmons
Staff Writer
Des Moines Register
Published September 22, 2007

Keyboards clacked as staff worked in U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley’s downtown Des Moines headquarters. And, still, the kids sat in a circle on the floor of the small office, talking war and peace while passing around a copy of Thomas Merton’s “The Nonviolent Solution.”

Discount the out-of-place setting - and the eventual arrest and criminal trespass charges filed against four Des Moines high school students who refused to leave the Republican’s office in protest of the Iraq war - and it was just another peace meeting.

Letter from Amman -- September 14, 2007

September 14, 2007

Amman, Jordan

Dear Friends,

It is Friday, the second day of Ramadan. The last week and a half since my return to Amman has been full of visits, some more “formal” as with the UNHCR or colleagues from the states, but for the most part with Iraqi friends and families. Too many stories to recount. Too many emotions still churning within me. There has been a lot of movement in the four and a half months since I was here.

Several families have moved to other areas of the city, and I need to track them down. One 18 year old lad decided to return to his family in Baghdad. It seems he could no longer bear to be alone, and decided to go back into the fiery furnace. I had hoped we could find a way to get him to the states on a student visa, to live with a loving family and finish high school; something concrete to give his family in Baghdad hope. A father who lived down the street was forced to move to Syria with three of their young sons in order to be reunited with his wife and their youngest son. The mother and two year old child had gone to Baghdad earlier this year as her father suffered a heart attack. When they tried to return to Amman, they were refused entrance. I often wonder how they are faring in Syria? For some time now the border between Jordan and Iraq (by air and land) has only been open to Iraqis with residency or for important business people or officials. Since Sept 10th, we hear that Syria is requiring visas from Iraqis to enter.

Seven Peace Activists Arrested in Madison, WI in front of Senator Herb Kohl’s Office in Occupation Project Action

See also: The Capital Times article, 7 war protesters arrested

By Joy First
Sept 7, 2007

On September 7, 2007, seven peace activists were arrested in Madison as they blocked the sidewalk with crime scene tape in front of Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl’s office. The seven arrested were Cassandra Dixon, Flo Evans, Joy First, Jamie Haack, Janet Parker, Karin Sandvik, and Susan Spahn. This was the first arrest for nonviolent civil resistance for Flo Evans, Jamie Haack, and Karin Sandvik.

Local Peace Activists Hold Vigil and Risk Arrest at Senator Kohl’s Madison Office

September 6, 2007

Press Advisory
Contact: Joy First, 608 239-4327

On Friday September 7 at 4:00 pm, local Madison area peace activists will gather outside of Senator Kohl’s Madison office at 14 W. Mifflin St. We will hold a solemn vigil reading names of the U.S. soldiers and Iraqis who have died in the war and occupation of Iraq. Posters will illustrate the incredible human suffering that has resulted from the war, with pictures of Wisconsin soldiers, a poster listing the names of the over 3700 US soldiers killed, and a poster with pictures of the suffering of the Iraqi people.

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.

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