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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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January 11th 2008 Witness Against Torture - Chicago

January 11th 2008 Witness Against Torture - Chicago

CHICAGO – January 11 2008— 10 arrests were made at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago.

A Citizens’ Indictment was delivered to Chief Judge Holderman seeking relief for violations of international and domestic law by the United States and the City of Chicago. Specifically, the Indictment cited the use of torture by the United States in the so-called “global war on terror” and by the City of Chicago Police Department for its systematic practice of torture between 1971 and 1993, and on-going abuse of individuals. 22

Citizens Indictment of the United States for Torture and other International Law Violations

January 12, 2008

On January 11, 2008, this Citizens’ Indictment was delivered by hand to Chief Judge Holderman in the U.S. Federal court in Chicago and to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in Chicago. It was mailed to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

Following this hand delivery, the Citizens’ Indictment was read aloud in the lobby of the federal courthouse in Chicago. Participants dressed in orange jumpsuits and identified themselves as acting in behalf of those subject to torture and abuse at the hands of the United States and the City of Chicago. The ten people who signed this Indictment were arrested in the lobby of the federal courthouse—nine on a federal charge of failure to conform with directions and one on a state charge of trespass after he declined to walk when placed under arrest.

Download the Citizens’ Indictment in PDF form

CALL TO ACTION: International Day of Action to Shut Down Guantánamo, Jan. 11, 2008

Witness Against Torture
Chicago Action Details

“There is little question of how history will respond to Guantánamo…it will be looked back on with condescension and bemusement. How could we be so foolish, misguided, cruel? How we will respond is a legal question and a political question. But it is most of all a moral question. Will we respond with courage or cowardice? This is our choice.”

  • Joseph Margulies, a lawyer challenging the indefinite detention of the prisoners at Guantánamo

On January 11th, 2002, twenty hooded and shackled men shuffled off a plane from Afghanistan, arriving at the U.S. prison at Guantánamo. In an attempt to sidestep the Geneva Convention protections for prisoners of war, the Bush administration created a new category of “enemy combatant” for these men captured in the “war on terror.”

Since that time, more than one thousand men and boys have been imprisoned at Guantánamo. Accounts of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment have been condemned by the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and other reputable bodies. The prisoners have resorted to hunger strikes as a way of protesting their treatment. Many have attempted suicide; three men allegedly killed themselves on June 10, 2006; a fourth died on May 30, 2007. Desperation, fear and frustration mark their confinement.

End Torture From Guantanamo to Chicago -- January 11, 2008 Action in Chicago

January 6, 2008

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If you are not able to travel to Washington, D.C. for the national Witness Against Torture, we invite you to join Voices for Creative Nonviolence in Chicago on January 11, 2008 for an action to address international torture and torture at the hands of the Chicago police department.

4:30 p.m.
Friday, January 11
Federal Plaza
230 S Dearborn St
Chicago, Illinois

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Speakers will include:

  • Marc Falkoff, lawyer and professor, and editor of “Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak”
  • Darrell Cannon, survivor of torture by the Chicago Police Department
  • Attorney Lawrence Kennon from Black People Against Police Torture
  • Adriana Bartow, survivor of the repression of the U.S. supported Guatemalan government
  • Voices, a Chicago vocal performance group which participates in the effort to close the School of the Americas

Clinton Campaign Office Re-Occupied by Peace Activists on Day of Iowa Voting

Action caps four days of Iowa primary protests against war in Iraq

January 3, 2008

Des Moines – Hours before voting begins in the nation’s first presidential poll, peace activists placed the Iraq war front and center again this afternoon, when, for the second time since campaigning began last fall, they occupied the Iowa headquarters of Senator Hillary Clinton.

On this, the fourth day of nonviolent “direct actions” during caucus campaigning, four members of a campaign called “Seasons Of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project” (SODaPOP) went to Clinton’s office, saying they still had not gotten a response to a letter delivered to the Senator’s campaign in October, demanding she publicly oppose any more spending for the war or occupation, and foreswear an attack on Iran.

NEWS RELEASE: Clinton Occupation Include Fierce Stand-Off But No Arrests

N E W S R E L E A S E
DATE: January 3, 2008
RELEASE: Immediately
CONTACT: Mona Shaw

SODaPOP
Iowa Occupation Project
Des Moines Catholic Worker
Des Moines, IA
319-621-4646

CLINTON OCCUPATION INCLUDES FIERCE STAND-OFF BUT NO ARRESTS

Twenty-five members of SODaPOP appeared at Sen. Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Headquarters this afternoon with the intention of occupying that office until the senator agreed to pledge to bring an immediate end to the war in Iraq and to veto further funding of that war if she is elected president.

When Clinton staff saw SODaPOP members approaching their office, the door to the building was locked and entrance was barred to all SODaPOP members as well as press who had arrived to cover the occupation.

Twelve Arrested in Des Moines as Obama Campaign Hinders Press Coverage of Protest

by Michael Gillespie
Jan 2, 2008

Josh Earnest, Iowa communications director for U.S. Sen. Barak Obama (D-IL), is running scared in the final few days before the Iowa Caucuses. He must be, otherwise he would not have risked the consequences of ejecting half a dozen media workers from Obama’s Iowa campaign headquarters on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and barring entry to several more.

Reporters and photojournalists representing news organizations in Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and the USA were hindered in their efforts to report on a bona fide news event when Earnest insisted they work outside in the sub-freezing single digit cold while inside a group of eight antiwar activists from Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) and the Iowa Occupation Project questioned Obama’s positions on the war in Iraq, military spending, and U.S. Middle East foreign policy.

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