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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Learning from _American Sniper_Rory Fanning's thoughtful review of the popular movie
Shut Down CreechA message from Kathy Kelly on Putting a Halt to Drone Warfare
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

PeaceTalks: Interview with David Smith Ferri, activist poet

George Cadman of Free Radio Santa Cruz interviews activist poet David Smith Ferri about his book “Battlefield Without Borders” and about he and Kathy Kelly’s talk in Santa Cruz on May 23, 2007.

David has been to Iraq twice and once to Jordan. In 1999 he traveled to Iraq with Voices in the Wilderness to oppose the US/UN sanctions and in 2002 to speak with Iraqis about their reaction to US threats of an invasion. In 2006 he traveled to Amman, Jordan with Voices For Creative Nonviolence to visit with Iraqi refugees.


Iowa: Federal Judge Drops Charges Against Seven Peace Activists

June 1, 2007
Des Moines, Iowa
See Also: Des Moines Register

Acting yesterday on a motion by the United States Attorney, US Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer ordered that charges against seven central Iowa peace activists be dropped.

“The Court finds that the ends of Justice are served by granting the dismissal of Violation Notices, and FINDS that such dismissals are in the best interest of the public,” ruled Judge Bremer in the case titled UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. EDWARD BLOOMER, et al.

Being Hope

May 31, 2007

Earlier this week, the American Friends Service Committee asked me to speak about finding hope in hard times as part of an interfaith service to conclude their “Eyes Wide Open” display in Chicago’s Grant Park. The display arranged 3,438 soldiers’ boots to commemorate U.S. military people killed in Iraq, along with life sized pictures of Iraqi civilians and a collection of numerous civilian shoes to remember hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have been killed in Iraq since 2003. I asked the audience to join me in recalling experiences I had while imprisoned at the Pekin Federal prison for “crossing the line” at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The Best Tea in Palestine

May 28, 2007
Photos Included

I’ve found the best tea in Palestine.

It’s made by cave dwellers who live a two hour hike from the rural village At-Tuwani where I work. This area is beautiful; to the south is a view of the Negev desert, and to the the east you will see the Jordan mountains. To get to these caves you must hike around Israeli settlements without being spotted (or else you risk harassment or worse), and climb up and down steep hills. From these remote caves one gets the sense that if there was an emergency an airlift out would be required.

VIDEO: CAN TV Community Forum...Kathy Kelly - Voices for Creative Nonviolence

May 20, 2007

Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) interview with Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator with Voices for Creative Nonviolence. The video is in 3 parts.

Part 1

Profits and loss

Ewa Jasiewicz
The Guardian Unlimited
May 15, 2007
For information on Iraq’s oil law: PLATFORM and Hands Off Iraqi Oil

Today, shareholders are converging in London and The Hague for Shell’s annual general meeting. As investors hobnob in the Champagne Suite of the Hammersmith Novotel, those working in the oilfields that the company seeks to control are ready to strike over an oil law that Shell has helped to craft.

The focus is the culmination of four years campaigning by the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU). Demands range from bread and butter issues such as land allocation, unpaid wages, holidays, health and safety and full-time status for temporary workers, to wider political issues which have been the founding bedrock of the union: protection of Iraq’s oil wealth from foreign companies and a say in the future of the oil industry. Shell is one of the companies that the union has cautioned against entering Iraq “under the guise of so-called production sharing agreements”.

Summer of Action in Washington, D.C.

Join the Swarm on Washington to Tell Congress:
“No business as usual until the war is ended”
May 14 to July 31

The only thing that will end the war is constant, organized and focused pressure from Americans who oppose the war.

The last few months have shown that we can move Congress toward the view that the war must end. When the Democrats came to power they said “we will not use the power of the purse to end the war.” Now, they have moved from that position to passing a bill that opposes Bush enough for him to veto it.

More work is needed Congress needs to constantly stiffen its spine to respond to those who want to continue the war. Too many in Congress still refuse to vote to end the war. But, as the 2008 election approaches the power of the anti-war voter becomes greater, especially if it is organized and focused.

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