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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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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

Cathy Breen: "I must tell you of the beautiful things that fill my days here"

Amman, Jordan
November 19, 2008

Iraqis teach me many things. One is to laugh in spite of myself. I chuckled the other day as I sent a newspaper clipping off to my dear friend Cynthia in Vernon, N.Y. I knew she would enjoy the story “Lonely in Baghdad? Chat up a Bird.” The article speaks of dozens of Baghdadis ignoring the threat to their lives as they flock on Fridays to the animal market Al Ghari. “I don’t go out of my home because of the danger” says one customer. “I decided to buy a parrot who can entertain me.” The son of a prominent seller of exotic animals at the market said “Our situation at the time of Saddam was much better.” He explained that during the former regime pet lovers from Iran and Russia used to regularly visit Al Ghari. “Today we have local customers who like to have birds in their homes, as these people do not step out. But times have changed” he says. As he points a finger to a group of animals, suddenly an African Grey parrot—a new arrival—shouts out: “Down with Bush!” (The Jordan Times, Nov. 15, 2007)

Slip Sliding Away: House Votes on Iraq War Funding Today, November 14

November 14, 2007

The Democratic Party’s Barbershop Quartet strikes again-caving in marvelous manner on the Iraq war. “You know the nearer your destination, the more you slip sliding away,” sang Simon and Garfunkel.

If ending the Iraq war is our destination, then Pelosi, Obey, Murtha and the Democrats are slip sliding us all further away.

Today, November 14, the House will vote on H.R. 4156-the newest Iraq - Afghanistan war supplemental spending bill. In the finest tradition of democracy, the text of the bill was not publicly available until last night.

An afternoon at Giuliani’s Campaign Headquarters and a night in the Polk County Jail

by Joy First
November 13, 2007

The Planning

I drove from my home in Madison to Des Moines Iowa on Wednesday November 7, 2007 to participate in the kickoff of Seasons of Discontent: a Presidential Occupation Project (SODaPOP), organized by Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the Catholic Worker Community in Des Moines. SODaPOP is a campaign to use civil resistance, occupying the campaign headquarters of presidential candidates who will not commit to concrete plans to bring an immediate end to the war and occupation of Iraq. SODaPOP started in Iowa because it is the first state to begin the process of determining who our presidential candidates will be during the January caucuses. All the candidates currently have active campaigns in Iowa, and the media is closely watching what is happening.

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
By LEWIS DIUGUID

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.

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