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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Jobless Kabul and the Works of WarA Catholic Worker from New York witnesses high unemployment in Kabul
The "Hamas Drone"A letter to the editor concerning drones over Gaza
Sacred Hearts, Sacred Lives: Children Crossing the BorderBuddy Bell of Voices writes from the US/Mexico border
Harassing the DronesMary Anne Gragy Flores sentenced to one year for violating order of protection
No to War in Gaza and Afghanistan!New video from APVs- by sharing food, we resist war
Drone Resister Sentenced to One Year in Prison- Base’s Order of Protection Begs JudgmentOn July 10, grandmother of three, Mary Anne Grady Flores was sentenced to one year in prison

Jail Time Ordered for Colorado Peace Activist for Overstaying her Welcome in Her Congresssman's Office, Urging an End to War

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center ALERT
July 28, 2007

Related — Carolyn Bninski in her own words: A redress of grievances By Carolyn Bninski

[VCNV Note: Carolyn Bninski is an organizer with the Occupation Project in Colorado. After receiving word of three acquittals in Occupation Project trials, we received news that Carolyn received by far the harshest sentence to date. The judge sentenced Carolyn to 365 days in jail, with 330 days suspended. Carolyn will begin serving the remaining 35 days in August, with work release privileges. The judge will retain the right to return Carolyn to jail to serve the 330 days suspended should she engage in other “unlawful” activity. Don Muller and Rob Mulford of Alaska also received lengthy suspended jail sentences for their participation in the Occupation Project in Fairbanks, Alaska and each also served 7 days in jail. Let the examples of these social advocates serve as an invitation to each of us to deepen our own commitment to nonviolent civil disobedience and civil resistance to end the Iraq war.]

Before a packed courtroom yesterday, a municipal judge in Westminster, Colorado sentenced long-time peace activist Carolyn Bninski to 365 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for actions stemming from a March 8th, 2007 visit by her and others to Colorado Congressman Mark Udall’s office.

Attuned to Tom and Jerry

July 24, 2007

Last week, Umm Daoud, (her name means “Mother of Daoud”), met me and three friends at a bridge that crosses into her neighborhood. It was just after sundown; the streets were darkening as she guided us toward the narrow path which leads to her home. She and her five children live in a humble two room apartment in a crowded “low-rent” area of Amman.

As guests, my friends and I sat on a makeshift piece of furniture, an old door placed atop two crates and covered by a thin mat. She and her children sat on the floor. Apart from a television and a small table, the living room had no other furniture. The television remained “on” while Samil, her youngest son, seemed completely absorbed in a “Tom and Jerry” cartoon.

Colorado: Woman gets jail for Udall protest

By Bruce Finley
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 07/27/2007 07:30:11 PM MDT

A war protester who occupied U.S. Rep. Mark Udall’s Colorado office and refused to leave was sentenced Friday to a month in jail.

A jury found Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center activist Carolyn Bninski, 57, guilty of trespassing but not-guilty of unlawful assembly.

Newark 8 Acquitted In Occupation Project Trial

July 27, 2007

This past March, New Jersey Occupation Project activists sought to meet with their Senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez. Denied access to the Senators offices, they continued with their action in the lobby of the building. Eight people were arrested in this act of nonviolent civil resistance / civil disobedience.

In late July, the Newark 8 were acquitted—the third time in less than a month that activists were found “not guilty” in trials following arrests made during the Occupation Project campaign. Following is a video of the action.

Anti-war protest ends in arrest

By Melissa Topey, mtopey@advertiser-tribune.com
The Advertiser-TribuneTiffin, Ohio
July 24, 2007

Occupy a senator’s office by sitting down in protest, go to jail.

Sister Paulette Schroeder, a local Franciscan sister and director of St. Francis Spirituality Center in Tiffin, was one of eight people arrested Monday afternoon in U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s Chicago office after refusing to leave and staging a mock trial protesting the Democrat’s continued funding of the Iraq war.

Carrying on Iraq war protest: Demonstrators return to Udall's office to back peer who may face jail

By Bruce Finley, Staff Writer
Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 07/24/2007 01:43:17 AM MDT

A spat between war protesters and U.S. Rep. Mark Udall has turned nasty with prosecutors insisting on jail time for a woman who “occupied” Udall’s Colorado office in March.

Protesters returned to Udall’s office Monday in support of Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center activist Carolyn Bninski, 57, who faces up to two months in jail for trespassing and unlawful assembly under terms of a plea agreement. She and four other protesters were arrested March 8 after they refused to leave Udall’s office in Westminster.

IOWA: Do acquittals signal new openness to war protest?

Des Moines Register
July 18, 2007

Maybe this is a sign that elected officials’ failure to end the Iraq war is wearing down Iowans’ patience, and they’re open to alternative ways to address it.

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