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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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The Unspeakable in AfghanistanPatrick Kennelly writes from Kabul
Drones and Discrimination: Kick the HabitKathy Kelly sees opportunity on being sentenced to 3 months in prison
Missouri Judge Convicts and Sentences Two Peace Activists for Protesting Drone Warfareat Whiteman Air Force Base
Spending Time with People Trapped and Impoverished by Endless War Abroad and at HomeKathy Kelly Interviewed on NPR Worldview
Drones on Trialat Federal Court in Jefferson City Dec. 10
Hancock Drone Resister Jack Gilroy RELEASEDfrom Jamesville Correctional Facility

Collateral Genocide

May 10, 2007

Two elements are necessary to commit the crime of genocide: 1) the mental element, meaning intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, and 2) the physical element, which includes any of the following: killing or causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about the group’s physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births; or forcibly transferring children to another group.

Considering that such clear language comes from a UN treaty which is legally binding on our country, things could start getting a little worrisome for Uncle Sam – especially when you realize that since our government began waging economic and military warfare on Iraq we’ve killed well over one million people, fast approaching two.

This Minute and Then the Next

May 10, 2007

The big deal is today and tomorrow morning. Just this minute and then the next determines whether you or I do what we can to stop the injustice and the tyrannies surrounding us, and inside our hearts. Right now is the only time we own!
— June Jordan, poet (1936 – 2002)

Right now. Some days my right now, my big deal is a sink full of dishes, the homework not done, my 9 and 11 year old sons whining about what they really, really want (some latest electronic gizmo). On such days my goal of raising conscientious sons in this materialistic, militaristic, and patriarchal culture seems a distant possibility. I need to be reminded what a gift, what a responsibility it is to live this minute and then the next to stop injustice and tyranny.

NW Indiana: Arrest at Office of Senator Evan Bayh

12 protest war, 1 arrested
By Danielle Braff
Post-Tribune staff writer

Post-Tribune
May 4, 2007

A Highland woman was arrested Friday during an anti-war protest at Hammond’s Federal Courthouse when she refused to leave the building.

Sue Eleuterio kneeled in front of Sen. Evan Bayh’s office, tears streaming down her face as she read the names of people who died in the Iraqi war. Eleuterio was joined by a dozen other anti-war protesters who have been trying to arrange a meeting with Bayh for four months with no success. They want to speak with him about his role in advancing the war, but since he is allegedly ignoring their requests, they decided to confront him in person at his office.

Visiting Iran

May 1, 2007

The Islamic Republic of Iran is really, really, really and again really very different from what you hear in the West.
—S. Rahim Mashaee, VP of Iran speaking to the delegation

A few weeks ago (February 28 to March 13) I had the rare opportunity of visiting Iran. I say “rare” because few US activists - and few policymakers - know that controversial and fascinating nation firsthand. Despite being urged to do so by key Republicans, Mr. Bush refuses even diplomatic relations with Iran.

Fairbanks, AK: Protester attempts necessity defense

By Margaret Friedenauer
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Published April 26, 2007

A judge Wednesday continued a case against a local man charged with trespassing in an act of civil disobedience protesting the Iraq war.

Rob Mulford will get a chance to argue in front of District Court Judge Raymond Funk that he should be able to present a “defense of necessity” in his arrest when he refused to leave Sen. Ted Stevens’ Fairbanks office Feb. 20. Mulford and others arrived at Stevens’ office during open hours to read names of U.S. troops and Iraqis that have died in Iraq. Most of the protesters left when asked by office staff at closing time. But Mulford continued reading names, refused to leave and was arrested for trespassing.

11 protesters await verdict

By Neal Sauerberg
The Daily Iowan
April 26, 2007

CEDAR RAPIDS - The 11 protesters who were arrested outside the Cedar Rapids office of Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, argued Wednesday that they had a constitutional right to remain there until receiving an appropriate response from the senator by either telephone or in person.

Fort Bragg, CA: 6 Arrested at Rep Mike Thompson's Office

April 24, 2007

On April 16, to mark Tax Day, six peacemakers were arrested in the office of Representative Mike Thompson and while blocking the street in front of his office. Following is the statement which the six issued regarding the occupation action.

Occupation of Rep. Thompson’s Office in Fort Bragg, April 16, 2007

“NO BLOOD FOR OIL,” chanted an estimated 15 to 30 million peace demonstrators around the world Feb. 15, 2003, on the eve of the US-led invasion of Iraq. Now the evidence is indisputable, it was indeed— all along —“blood for oil.”

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