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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Peace Activists Encourage Alabamians to Join a ProtestKathy Kelly and Medea Benjamin speak in Huntsville
Poet-Journalists and Central QuestionsA Review of David Smith-Ferri’s "Where Days Are Stones"
Pakistan Witness on Trial in DeWitt for Drone Resistance Since 2010 there have been more than 150 arrests at Hancock
Terrorism “Insurance” ExpiresSomething Ended January 1, But It Wasn't the Afghanistan War
Abolishing the CIARelease the Whole Report, Senator Udall!
Formal End of Afghanistan War Not Really the EndSimply a Change of Definitions

Press Release: Civil Disobedience at Presidential Campaign Offices in Des Moines, Iowa - December 31, January 2 and 3



Frank Cordaro: 515-490-2490
Websites: www.vcnv.org and www.desmoinescatholicworker.org/sodapop.html

Civil Disobedience at Presidential Campaign Offices in Des Moines, Iowa - December 31, January 2 and 3

Protesters guilty only of acting on their beliefs

By Bill Johnson
Rocky Mountain News
December 7, 2007

They had, in the end, absolutely no chance for acquittal. You don’t need a fancy law degree hanging on the wall to see that.

Indeed, a Denver County Court jury of four women and two men on Thursday convicted all three after less than an hour of deliberation on charges of trespassing. They were quite obviously guilty.

What was even easier to figure after two days of trial was that trespassing, alone, was never once the sole point for Rafael Eggers, Sue Gomez or Merrill Carter.

Their trial before Judge Claudia J. Jordan, besides being great theater, was a sometimes-riveting lesson in the responsibility of the governed to hold accountable those elected to govern, and on the price that is paid when the effort falls on deaf ears.

Recap of 2007 Nonviolent Civil Resistance Actions

Download here (it is a 4 mb file) the current issue of the Nuclear Resister that chronicles the widening and deepening campaigns of nonviolent civil resistance to end the Iraq war; to end the use of torture by the U.S. and the role played by such facilities as School of the Americas, Fort Huachuca and Guantanamo; to blockade weapons shipments at ports; and to challenge military recruitment.

The Nuclear Resister is the most comprehensive chronicle of nonviolent civil resistance published in the United States, with prior issues still available.

Traveling Light

December 6, 2007

Traveling with as light a load as possible is something I long for during long stretches away from home. I routinely discard paperwork and periodicals, “recycle” gifts and give away clothing. But, here in Amman, Jordan, when a ten year-old Iraqi girl named Nauras gave me a camera, I quickly put it in the envelope where I keep my money, confident it would survive my next purge.

The camera consists of two pieces of drawing paper, cleverly folded so that the parts slide past each other, opening up a tiny square “shutter.” I think of Nauras peering through the shutter and pretending to snap my picture, then gleefully posing for imaginary snapshots as I take my turn as photographer. I remember her fetching her only other toy, a bedraggled baby doll with long white hair and eyes of aqua blue, and placing it in my arms.

Cathy Breen: "It's always too soon to go home."

Amman, Jordan
November 25, 2007

Recent media reports depict large numbers of Iraqis returning to their country. “Thousands of Iraqis living in Syria have headed back home in the past weeks.” (Jordan Times, Feb. 23,2007) Some reports attribute this to improved security in Iraq. While the death rate and incidence of suicide bombs has decreased in recent weeks and months—most welcomed news—it seems that necessity is what is driving Iraqis home. As has long been the case in Jordan, visas for Iraqis in Syria are not being renewed and their money has run out. Returning Iraqis have also said they would prefer to die with dignity in their own country, rather than face the contempt and humiliation they feel in Jordan and Syria.

Seasons of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project: December 29, 2007 to January 3, 2008

Des Moines, Iowa

Background Paper on Candidates
More Campaign Resources
Iowa SODaPOP Information

Ring in the New Year with a New Commitment to nonviolent direct action to end the Iraq war and to prevent an extension of this war to Iran and other countries.

SODaPOP is the campaign of nonviolent civil resistance / civil disobedience which includes office occupations of presidential candidates who not commit to withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq within 100 days of assuming office and who do not commit to publicly opposing the use of military force against Iran and other countries. (see complete set of demands)

Cathy Breen: Political Cartoonist, Emad Hajjaj

Amman, Jordan
November 21, 2007

Kathy Kelly will be joining me for the last stretch of my stay in Jordan, and I have been puttering around trying to ready the apartment for her coming. This morning, in an attempt to straighten up the piles of papers and files which have accumulated over the last three months, I’ve been going through newspaper clippings. I am also awaiting a telephone call today to give an interview, so the task serves as a helpful review of events deemed newsworthy here in the Middle East. What are the recurring themes and opinions coming out in their news? What messages and words from the region would we do well to heed in the U.S.?

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