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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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Press Release: aquittal in Des Moines

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

PRESS RELEASE
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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).

Kathy Kelly and David Smith-Ferri: War Without Borders, Consequences Without End

May 20, 2007

Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and David Smith-Ferri, poet and activist, report on their recent trips to Amman, Jordan, where they lived amongst people who fled violence in Iraq.

Recorded in Palo Alto, CA on May 20, 2007 at an event produced by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.

VIDEO: Kathy Kelly Speaking in Anchorage Alaska Oct 2006

June 2007

Kathy Kelly presents her experiences of visits to Iraq before the US occupation and her subsequent visits. The video is in 5 parts.

Part 1

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