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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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Activists Protesting Armed Drones Arrested at Creech AFBReproduced from the Las Vegas Review-Journal
NDE to Serve Creech AFB with War Crimes IndictmentPress Release from Nevada Desert Experience
We Don't Want You to Swim in the RiverKindness and Solidarity Can Occur Among the Dispossessed
A Rising Number of Children Are Dying from U.S. Explosives Littering Afghan Land"The boys’ families were accustomed to the thundering explosions from military training exercises, which sometimes shattered windows in their village."
#NotABugSplat: Art Installation in Pakistan Puts a Face on Drone VictimsFeatured in Reason Magazine
Talks, Tears Highlight Rally Against DronesWhiteman Air Force Base April 7

Anti-war network sits in at Sen. Kohl’s office through the night

by Erica Pelzek
Thursday, 19 April 2007
The Daily Cardinal

See also: Why We Occupied Senator Kohl’s Office by Campus Antiwar Network

UW students stage walk out in protest of Iraq war

After walking out of their classes at 1 p.m. Wednesday in protest of the war in Iraq and rallying students down State Street, more than 40 members of UW-Madison’s Campus Anti-war Network staged an all-night sit-in at U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl’s, D-Wis., Madison office.

Tax day protests and refusing to pay for war

by Ruth Benn
Update: April 16, 2007

Brooklyn, NY - Post offices, federal buildings, and IRS offices will be the site of leafleting and vigils during the last days to file 2006 taxes on April 16 and 17. Demonstrators will declare “YES” to funding for human needs and “NO” to continued funding for war. Anger among taxpayers is rising as Congress approves billions more dollars for the wars and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, even as polls show 70% of Americans disapprove of the war in Iraq.

In more than a dozen towns and cities across Maine taxpayers will be handed flyers declaring, “Schools or tanks? Health Care or Bombs? Which Will You Pay For?” In Fort Collins, Colorado, postal patrons will be greeted with “Take Back the Pie” signs and handed a piece of pie and a pie chart flyer showing how half of income taxes pay for past, present, and future wars. The “YES!” demonstration at the Federal Building in Philadelphia will demand a shift from war funding to other programs including universal health care; housing; ending hunger; programs for youth, immigrants, and seniors; stopping global warming and restoring the environment.

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) has collected a list of tax day actions to share with activists and the media. It is attached below and posted on the internet at www.nwtrcc.org/taxday2007.htm.

Flyer on Military Spending vs. Domestic Spending: 2001 - 2008

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How Much Money for War?

  • In 2001, the U.S. spent $306 billion on the military. President Bush is asking for $481 billion for FY 2008 (fiscal years begin on October 1).
  • That’s a 58% increase in military spending-and does NOT include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • That’s also a $52 billion increase over what Congress approved for military spending for this year-or a 12% increase in just one year.
  • $170 billion will be authorized for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for this year alone. That includes the $70 billion authorized last fall as well as the approximately $100 billion in the pending supplemental spending bill.
  • President Bush has requested $142 billion in military spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for next year.
  • 51% of the federal government’s discretionary spending goes towards the military (discretionary spending does not include such items as Social Security and Medicare which are financed through payroll taxes and other non-income tax sources of revenue).
  • With spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military spending will consume 58% of federal discretionary spending next year.

St. Paul, MN: Rush-Hour Civil Disobedience Against the War

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By KATRINA PLOTZ
April 11, 2007
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At 5 p.m. on April 3, traffic came to a halt in front of Senator Norm Coleman’s office on University Avenue in St. Paul. But this was no ordinary rush hour. Orange cones, barrels and barricades had stopped vehicles in their tracks. But this was not a construction zone. Twelve people stood in the road. Two faced eastbound traffic and unfurled a banner reading, “The United States: A Roadblock to Peace.” Two others held a banner informing westbound motorists, “This Is What Occupation Looks Like.” Seventy-five supporters stood on the sidewalk holding signs. They all chanted antiwar messages in 30-degree weather as snowflakes swirled in the frigid wind.

Occupation Project Actions - By Location - Feb 5 to April 5, 2007

(As of April 5, 2007)

During the initial 9 week period of the Occupation Project campaign, 316 arrests occurred at the offices of 38 Representatives and Senators, at the hearing of the House Appropriations Committee at which the supplemental spending bill was passed and in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on the day the full Senate passed the bill.

The Occupation Project campaign now enters a second phase. We’ll continue to focus upon the supplemental spending bill for the current fiscal year (which ends on September 30). But we’ll also begin to focus more attention and work upon the $145 billion which President Bush is seeking to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the next fiscal year (which begins on October 1, 2007).

Please be in contact with us about continuing work on the Occupation Project campaign via email, occupationproject@vcnv.org.

“For the Love of Peace” - A Fast to End Military and Economic Warfare in Iraq: April 9 to April 30

April 9, 2007

Public presence in Chicago’s Federal Building Plaza begins April 12th, 2007

On April 9, Voices for Creative Nonviolence activists will begin “For the Love of Peace: A Fast to End Military and Economic Warfare in Iraq”. This is a 21 day liquids only fast in Chicago that includes a daily vigil outside the federal building which houses the offices of Senators Durbin and Obama as well as the Internal Revenue Service. During our public vigil, we hope to engage in discussions with passersby and encourage them to visit the offices of Senators Obama and Durbin to insist that they stop funding war in Iraq.

The fast is a continuation of the larger campaign, “The Occupation Project,” which seeks to end funding for war in Iraq.

On April 16 and 17, we call for nonviolent civil disobedience and occupations of the offices of Representatives and Senators who continue to support funding for the war in Iraq.

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