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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Jobless Kabul and the Works of WarA Catholic Worker from New York witnesses high unemployment in Kabul
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Harassing the DronesMary Anne Gragy Flores sentenced to one year for violating order of protection
No to War in Gaza and Afghanistan!New video from APVs- by sharing food, we resist war
Drone Resister Sentenced to One Year in Prison- Base’s Order of Protection Begs JudgmentOn July 10, grandmother of three, Mary Anne Grady Flores was sentenced to one year in prison

Neglect and Projection

in Damascus, Syria

July 12, 2007

Rooftop Neighbors: photo by Dan PearsonRooftop Neighbors: photo by Dan Pearson

For my Iraqi neighbors living here in Yarmouk Camp, the Palestinian example is hardly an uplifting reminder that it could be a very long time before they can safely return to their homes and lands. But, they were lucky enough to escape the nightmare of U.S. freedom and democracy in Iraq, and at least there is usually electricity here and clean water to drink, so they try to put on a happy face. Yarmouk, one of the three most popular destinations for the estimated 2,000 Iraqis crossing into Syria every day, is a primarily Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus.

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Two important articles were recently published that show what has happened and is happening in Iraq, and what the results are for US troops and Iraqis alike. The first is “The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness”, in which The Nation has interviewed fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States. The second “is the perfect companion to the piece independent reporter Dahr Jamail has written for Tomdispatch” and “through a series of wrenching emails Jamail has received recently from Iraq, you get a small sense of what the dark and horrific war the American vets described to Hedges and al-Arian, a war only escalating in brutality, looks like to the Iraqis”

The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness

By Chris Hedges & Laila Al-Arian
The Nation - posted July 9, 2007 (July 30, 2007 issue)

Over the past several months The Nation has interviewed fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States in an effort to investigate the effects of the four-year-old occupation on average Iraqi civilians. These combat veterans, some of whom bear deep emotional and physical scars, and many of whom have come to oppose the occupation, gave vivid, on-the-record accounts. They described a brutal side of the war rarely seen on television screens or chronicled in newspaper accounts.

Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, Iraq Reporter Schizophrenic in Disneyland

By Tom Engelhardt and By Dahr Jamail posted July 12

Iraq on My Mind

Having spent a fair amount of time in occupied Iraq, I now find living in the United States nothing short of a schizophrenic experience. Life in Iraq was traumatizing. It was impossible to be there and not be affected by apocalyptic levels of violence and suffering, unimaginable in this country.

Press Release: aquittal in Des Moines

See also: Des Moines Register - Jury finds 5 protesters not guilty of trespassing

Catholic Peace Ministry
Des Moines, IA
July 11, 2007

July 9

Five Iowa peace activists who were arrested for trespassing in the Des Moines office of Senator Charles Grassley on February 26, 2007 were acquitted today bringing a happy ending a three-day jury trial.

Welcome To The Occupation: Sit-Ins at Senator's Offices, Part 1

July 9, 2007
by John Deeth

“This sucks!” said Lara Elborno, walking out of the Wells-Fargo building in downtown Cedar Rapids at about 5:30 on a Friday afternoon. “It’s so anticlimactic!” Lara’s Friday night plans had suddenly changed. She’d announced at a 1:00 rally “I’m so excited to get arrested with all you guys!” and minutes earlier she’d been in custody, jauntily flashing a peace sign at her supporters. But now she wasn’t going to get to spend the night in jail.

Elborno and eighteen others had prepared for arrest as part of an “extra-legal lobbying” effort — otherwise known as a sit-in — at the Cedar Rapids offices of Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin. But in the end, the only person who went to jail was not among the nineteen who had expected to.

July 6th Occupations of Senators' Grassley and Harkin's Cedar Rapids Offices - 20 arrested

July 6, 2007


From the Iowa Occupation Project

Twenty Iowans were arrested today for occupying or attempting to occupy Senators Grassley’s and Harkin’s Linn County offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Raging in ages from 20 to 72, participants were from seven cities in Iowa. The action was part of the Iowa Occupation Project, connected with the National Occupation Project out of Chicago IL.

Grassley and Harkin’s deadline is up

July 5, 2007
David Goodner

On Friday July 6, approximately 22 peacemakers, plus supporters, will nonviolently occupy the Cedar Rapids, Iowa offices of both Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA).

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