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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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SODaPOP Launches November 7 and 8 in Des Moines, Iowa

October 8, 2007
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Seasons of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project (SODaPOP) will launch on November 7, introducing nonviolent direct action / civil disobedience / civil resistance against the war in Iraq into the presidential election process.

SODaPOP will focus upon those Presidential candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, who do not publicly commit to 1) concrete plans for the complete withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq within 100 days of becoming President, and 2) opposing U.S. military action against Iran. Candidates in the House or Senate are also expected to publicly commit to opposing any further funding for U.S. military forces in Iraq, other than those funds necessary for the immediate and complete withdrawal of all military forces.

Iraq - Afghanistan War Spending: Legislative Update: Oct 7, 2007

October 7, 2007
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Congress will likely act before the end of October on at least a portion of the $192 billion that President Bush is seeking to fund the Iraq - Afghanistan war for Fiscal Year 2008 (which runs from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008). Legal and extralegal (civil disobedience / civil resistance) lobbying should take place between now and the end of October.

You can find out who your Representative and Senators are at the website Congress.org, along with phone numbers and contact information.

Following is a likely legislative timeline that Congress may follow.

Iowa: 30 Day Sentence for Resisting Iraq War

Cordaro Gets 30 Days after Protest:
The anti-war activist was arrested last month during a sit-in at the Des Moines office of Sen. Charles Grassley

By Abby Simmons
Des Moines Register
October 6, 2007

Anti-war activist Frank Cordaro left a Polk County courtroom in handcuffs Friday after receiving a 30-day jail term for his latest protest.

The 56-year-old Des Moines man pleaded guilty to a trespassing charge along with two other people who took part in a sit-in last month with several high school students at U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley’s Des Moines office.

Our Bonhoeffer Moment

Voices for Creative Nonviolence (Co-Coordinator)
October 2, 2007

The Bonhoeffer Moment of nonviolent civil resistance and disobedience to the world war being waged by the United States is clearly at hand. As Congress considers an additional $190 billion to fund the Iraq – Afghanistan war through September 2008 and as the threats of war against Iran become increasingly loud, it is time for us to learn lessons from the German resistance to Hitler, to the Nazi regime and to the war waged by the German nation-state. We must engage in the Long Resistance to this current world war, using every nonviolent means to bring about its end.

I was set to be tried on October 2 for an act of nonviolent civil resistance at the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command. The judge dismissed the charge the day of the trial. Following is the closing statement I prepared for the jury trial in Waukegan, Illinois.

Charges Dismissed in Illinois Antiwar Trial

October 2, 2007

WAUKEGAN —A judge in the 19th Circuit Court of Illinois today dismissed trespassing charges against an antiwar activist stemming from a civil disobedience demonstration last year at the nation’s command center for processing military recruits.

Before jurors were even picked in the trial of Jeff Leys, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, the Illinois State Attorney in the case moved for dismissal of the charge. Referring to yesterday’s bench trial before Judge Patrick Lawler which resulted in the acquittal of a reporter arrested at the July, 2006 demonstration with Leys, as well as the absence of the police officer who was the state’s key witness yesterday and presumably would have been today, the prosecutor moved the charge be dismissed. Judge Lawler granted the motion and Leys, prepared to represent himself “pro se,” walked out moments later.

Letter from Amman -- September 28, 2007

September 28, 2007

Amman, Jordan

Dear Friends,

It is Friday morning and there is a hushed atmosphere in the city as people observe this welcomed day of rest. Businesses are closed and the streets are silent. Two weeks into the holy month of Ramadan, I continue to enjoy the slower pace. It challenges me to try and live more intentionally.

Des Moines, IA High School Students Arrested at Senator Grassley's Office

Students sit to take a stand: 4 D.M. war opponents who refuse to leave Grassley’s office are arrested

By Abby Simmons
Staff Writer
Des Moines Register
Published September 22, 2007

Keyboards clacked as staff worked in U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley’s downtown Des Moines headquarters. And, still, the kids sat in a circle on the floor of the small office, talking war and peace while passing around a copy of Thomas Merton’s “The Nonviolent Solution.”

Discount the out-of-place setting - and the eventual arrest and criminal trespass charges filed against four Des Moines high school students who refused to leave the Republican’s office in protest of the Iraq war - and it was just another peace meeting.

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