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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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.

VIDEO: Barack Obama campaign office occupation

January 3, 2008

In a day-before-the-caucus effort to obtain from Senator Barack Obama a pledge of withdrawal from Iraq, nonviolent actors representing “Voices for Creative Nonviolence” and the Des Moines Catholic Worker community witness a spurned media and turned backs at the Senator’s Des Moines campaign office.

VIDEO: Obama and the media

January 3, 2008

Sen. Obama’s media person felt the need to throw the press out of a protest in his Des Moines campaign office.

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VIDEO: Huckabee Protest - Kathy Kelly

January 3, 2008

Kathy Kelly and Chicago based Voices for Creative Nonviolence, along with Des Moines based Catholic Peace Ministries staged a nonviolent Peace action at the campaign office of Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The peace activists asked all candidates to agree to end the war in Iraq among other peaceful actions, if elected to the office of president.

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Obama and Romney Iowa Campaign Offices Occupied by Peace Activists

Third day of nonviolent resistance to Iraq occupation during Iowa presidential primary

January 2, 2008

Des Moines – Opponents of the occupation of Iraq today occupied the Iowa campaign headquarters of presidential candidates U.S. Senator Barak Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, waiting for a response to a letter requesting them to oppose any more spending for the war or occupation and foreswear an attack on Iran.

Eight people were arrested at Obama’s Iowa campaign headquarters and four at Romney’s, in this, the third day of such nonviolent “direct actions” organized by “Seasons Of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project” (SODAPOP) since the presidential primary season began in Iowa late last year.

SODaPOP UPDATE - JAN 4: list of articles, video, and media coverage

January 4, 2008

From December 31st until January 3rd, Seasons of Discontent: a Presidential Occupation Project (SODaPOP) occupied four offices of leading presidential candidates in Iowa. Members of the campaign visited former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (Dec 31), Governor Mitt Romney and Sen. Barack Obama (Jan 2), and Sen. Hillary Clinton (Jan 3).

In total, 15 members of SODaPOP were arrested. The demands of the campaign to the presidential canidates are a complete withdrawal of the U.S. military forces from Iraq and Afghanistan within 100 days of assuming the office of President and a halt to any and all military actions against Iraq and Iran.



SODaPOP is a project of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the Iowa Occupation Project

NEWS RELEASE: Peace Activists Continue Occupation of Candidates Offices Today

DATE: January 2, 2008
RELEASE: Immediately
CONTACT: Mona Shaw
Iowa Occupation Project
Des Moines, IA


SODaPOP (Seasons of Discontent: a Presidential Occupation Project) will occupy two offices of leading presidential candidates immediately. Members will go to the Urbandale Office of Governor Mitt Romney and the downtown Des Moines headquarters of Sen. Barack Obama. Participants will remain in those offices until these candidates pledge to immediately withdraw military troops from and end the war in Iraq as well as veto any funding for the “war on terror” should they be elected president.

A similar action was held in Gov. Mike Huckabee’s office in Des Moines this past Monday.

SODaPOP is a project of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the Iowa Occupation Project. For more information about previous events go to: www.desmoinescatholicworker.org/sodapop.html

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