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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CNN: Columbia is first U.S. university to divest from prisonsColumbia University has become the first college in the United States to divest from private prison companies, following a student activist campaign.

Newark 8 Acquitted In Occupation Project Trial

July 27, 2007

This past March, New Jersey Occupation Project activists sought to meet with their Senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez. Denied access to the Senators offices, they continued with their action in the lobby of the building. Eight people were arrested in this act of nonviolent civil resistance / civil disobedience.

In late July, the Newark 8 were acquitted—the third time in less than a month that activists were found “not guilty” in trials following arrests made during the Occupation Project campaign. Following is a video of the action.

Anti-war protest ends in arrest

By Melissa Topey, mtopey@advertiser-tribune.com
The Advertiser-TribuneTiffin, Ohio
July 24, 2007

Occupy a senator’s office by sitting down in protest, go to jail.

Sister Paulette Schroeder, a local Franciscan sister and director of St. Francis Spirituality Center in Tiffin, was one of eight people arrested Monday afternoon in U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s Chicago office after refusing to leave and staging a mock trial protesting the Democrat’s continued funding of the Iraq war.

Carrying on Iraq war protest: Demonstrators return to Udall's office to back peer who may face jail

By Bruce Finley, Staff Writer
Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 07/24/2007 01:43:17 AM MDT

A spat between war protesters and U.S. Rep. Mark Udall has turned nasty with prosecutors insisting on jail time for a woman who “occupied” Udall’s Colorado office in March.

Protesters returned to Udall’s office Monday in support of Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center activist Carolyn Bninski, 57, who faces up to two months in jail for trespassing and unlawful assembly under terms of a plea agreement. She and four other protesters were arrested March 8 after they refused to leave Udall’s office in Westminster.

IOWA: Do acquittals signal new openness to war protest?

Des Moines Register
July 18, 2007

Maybe this is a sign that elected officials’ failure to end the Iraq war is wearing down Iowans’ patience, and they’re open to alternative ways to address it.

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.

In case you missed these articles...

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.

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