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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Drones and Discrimination: Kick the HabitKathy Kelly sees opportunity on being sentenced to 3 months in prison
Missouri Judge Convicts and Sentences Two Peace Activists for Protesting Drone Warfareat Whiteman Air Force Base
Spending Time with People Trapped and Impoverished by Endless War Abroad and at HomeKathy Kelly Interviewed on NPR Worldview
Drones on Trialat Federal Court in Jefferson City Dec. 10
Hancock Drone Resister Jack Gilroy RELEASEDfrom Jamesville Correctional Facility
Climate Change ChallengesSupport the Environment or the U.S. Military?

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

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



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


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.

Letter from Cathy Breen: Amman, Jordan, October 27, 2007

October 27, 2007
Amman, Jordan

Dear Friends,

It is Saturday morning, and I just hung up the telephone. “Please pray for him” the mother asked me, referring to her son. Here in Amman from Baghdad, he is in the operating room as I write you, in an attempt to save his right eye. I will call him Fadi, though that is not his real name. Fadi already lost his lower right leg to a suicide bomb while going in a taxi to his classes at the university. Stopped at a checkpoint—Fadi was sitting next to the driver—a car pulled up alongside them and exploded. Scars from glass and metal wounds are visible on the whole right side of Fadi’s body.

I visited with this mother and Fadi a couple of days ago. As incredible as it seems given the tragic circumstances, Fadi was able to complete his studies. Just weeks ago he graduated from the University in Baghdad with a degree in Engineering.

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