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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Judgment Call

Amman, Jordan
August 3, 2007

Governments and Non-Governmental Organizations may seem to be transfixed, almost mesmerized, by the mounting humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq. But, since 2003, an admirable group of NGOs, including Oxfam, has steadily tried to address humanitarian needs through collecting and organizing data, establishing priorities, responding to emergencies, and working out ways to deliver food, medicine, and clean water to some of the neediest areas in Iraq.

North Alabama Committee for Nonviolent Action letter to Government Representatives of North Alabama

July 20, 2007

North Alabama Committee for Nonviolent Action (NACNVA) Madison, Alabama
Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) Chicago, Illinois

Rep. Bud Cramer
Senator Richard Shelby
Senator Jeff Sessions

Dear Government Representatives of North Alabama

The North Alabama Committee for Nonviolent Action (NACNVA) is again joining the nationwide resistance to war initiated by the Chicago-based Voices for Creative Nonviolence by bringing the Occupation Project to your offices in August, 2007.

Alaska Occupation Project: Necessity Defense Hearing

By Rob Mulford
Aug 1, 2007

Rob Mulford, member of Northstar Veterans For Peace in Fairbanks, Alaska, organized the Alaska Occupation Project in February and March.

Last Friday, July 27, 8:30 a.m. at the Fourth Judicial State Courthouse in Fairbanks I entered into oral argument with the District Attorney for my motion for the defense of necessity concerning my arrest, along with Don Muller of Sitka, on Feb. 20, 2007. We were charge with “criminal trespass II” for taking part in a direct action event, the Occupation Project, at the Fairbanks Alaska office of Senator Ted Stevens. We had remained in the office after the official closing time reading Iraqi and American war dead names after being ordered to leave.

Christian Peacemaker Teams trainees perform public witness to stop war funding

Aug 1, 2007

On Monday, 23 July, 2007, CPT trainees enacted a mock trial of US Senator Dick Durbin at his Chicago office. They demanded a final piece of evidence that would acquit or convict the senator: Would he approve funds for life, or for more war in Iraq and Afghanistan? As other CPTers announced the trial on signs, banners and leaflets outside Chicago’s Kluczynski Federal Building, police arrested all eight who demonstrated inside because they refused to leave without a “yes” or “no” response from Durbin’s office.

Occupation On The Home Front

by Maya Schenwar
Punk Planet #80
July 31, 2007

Welcome to Bizarro Congress. The past six months have been stuffed chockfull of triumphs and disappointments for the Democratic Party: bills denouncing the Iraq War, bills prolonging the Iraq War, bills calling the troops home, bills providing the funds to keep the troops in Iraq for up to three more years. The strange news? They’re all the same bill. The 2007 Supplemental Spending Bill, which passed both the House and the Senate in late March, put more than $100 billion toward the continuation of the Iraq War—billions more than President Bush himself suggested. Along with a proposed additional $142 billion slated to pass in the fall, this budget’s substantially bigger than any military budget in the past six years. Yet almost every Democrat in Congress voted to support the spending bill, as long as a little provision was attached: a timetable for the pullout of troops from Iraq by 2008.

“It’s like me saying to my sons, here’s ten dollars—don’t spend it at Hollywood video,” says Laurie Hasbrook, an organizer with the Chicago-based antiwar group Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), which has been leading the movement against the supplemental spending bill since it was proposed. “The very necessary next step is for Congress to stop funding the war.”

Dancing in Darkness

Amman, Jordan
July 30, 2007

Last weekend was an important one, regarding education, here in Jordan. Jordanian high school students learned the results of exams qualifying them (or not) for University studies. Television news showed students - among the 52% who passed - dancing for joy. And, King Abdullah announced that Jordan will open its public schools to Iraqi students under fifteen years of age. Along with this news came a UNHCR request for $129 million in funding to help provide schooling for Iraqi children living in neighboring countries, especially Jordan and Syria.

I hope this will be good news for several of Abu Mahmoud’s children who have already missed three years of school.

Jail Time Ordered for Colorado Peace Activist for Overstaying her Welcome in Her Congresssman's Office, Urging an End to War

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center ALERT
July 28, 2007

Related — Carolyn Bninski in her own words: A redress of grievances By Carolyn Bninski

[VCNV Note: Carolyn Bninski is an organizer with the Occupation Project in Colorado. After receiving word of three acquittals in Occupation Project trials, we received news that Carolyn received by far the harshest sentence to date. The judge sentenced Carolyn to 365 days in jail, with 330 days suspended. Carolyn will begin serving the remaining 35 days in August, with work release privileges. The judge will retain the right to return Carolyn to jail to serve the 330 days suspended should she engage in other “unlawful” activity. Don Muller and Rob Mulford of Alaska also received lengthy suspended jail sentences for their participation in the Occupation Project in Fairbanks, Alaska and each also served 7 days in jail. Let the examples of these social advocates serve as an invitation to each of us to deepen our own commitment to nonviolent civil disobedience and civil resistance to end the Iraq war.]

Before a packed courtroom yesterday, a municipal judge in Westminster, Colorado sentenced long-time peace activist Carolyn Bninski to 365 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for actions stemming from a March 8th, 2007 visit by her and others to Colorado Congressman Mark Udall’s office.

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