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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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Western wars have killed four million Muslims since 1990Study from Physicians for Social Responsibility of the death toll from 10 years of the War on Terror
My Five Days in “Pod A”Drone protester Bonnie Block speaks about the Juneau County Jail
"We Are a Country at War"Cathy Breen writes from Iraq
Making History and Building a Future in the Nevada DesertPeace Camp in Nevada makes history- what of the future?
When Kathy Went to Jailoriginally posted on the Palestine Chronicle
Hearing All VoicesNote from Kathy one week before her release

Occupation On The Home Front

by Maya Schenwar
Punk Planet #80
July 31, 2007

Welcome to Bizarro Congress. The past six months have been stuffed chockfull of triumphs and disappointments for the Democratic Party: bills denouncing the Iraq War, bills prolonging the Iraq War, bills calling the troops home, bills providing the funds to keep the troops in Iraq for up to three more years. The strange news? They’re all the same bill. The 2007 Supplemental Spending Bill, which passed both the House and the Senate in late March, put more than $100 billion toward the continuation of the Iraq War—billions more than President Bush himself suggested. Along with a proposed additional $142 billion slated to pass in the fall, this budget’s substantially bigger than any military budget in the past six years. Yet almost every Democrat in Congress voted to support the spending bill, as long as a little provision was attached: a timetable for the pullout of troops from Iraq by 2008.

“It’s like me saying to my sons, here’s ten dollars—don’t spend it at Hollywood video,” says Laurie Hasbrook, an organizer with the Chicago-based antiwar group Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), which has been leading the movement against the supplemental spending bill since it was proposed. “The very necessary next step is for Congress to stop funding the war.”

Dancing in Darkness

Amman, Jordan
July 30, 2007

Last weekend was an important one, regarding education, here in Jordan. Jordanian high school students learned the results of exams qualifying them (or not) for University studies. Television news showed students - among the 52% who passed - dancing for joy. And, King Abdullah announced that Jordan will open its public schools to Iraqi students under fifteen years of age. Along with this news came a UNHCR request for $129 million in funding to help provide schooling for Iraqi children living in neighboring countries, especially Jordan and Syria.

I hope this will be good news for several of Abu Mahmoud’s children who have already missed three years of school.

Jail Time Ordered for Colorado Peace Activist for Overstaying her Welcome in Her Congresssman's Office, Urging an End to War

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center ALERT
July 28, 2007

Related — Carolyn Bninski in her own words: A redress of grievances By Carolyn Bninski

[VCNV Note: Carolyn Bninski is an organizer with the Occupation Project in Colorado. After receiving word of three acquittals in Occupation Project trials, we received news that Carolyn received by far the harshest sentence to date. The judge sentenced Carolyn to 365 days in jail, with 330 days suspended. Carolyn will begin serving the remaining 35 days in August, with work release privileges. The judge will retain the right to return Carolyn to jail to serve the 330 days suspended should she engage in other “unlawful” activity. Don Muller and Rob Mulford of Alaska also received lengthy suspended jail sentences for their participation in the Occupation Project in Fairbanks, Alaska and each also served 7 days in jail. Let the examples of these social advocates serve as an invitation to each of us to deepen our own commitment to nonviolent civil disobedience and civil resistance to end the Iraq war.]

Before a packed courtroom yesterday, a municipal judge in Westminster, Colorado sentenced long-time peace activist Carolyn Bninski to 365 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for actions stemming from a March 8th, 2007 visit by her and others to Colorado Congressman Mark Udall’s office.

Attuned to Tom and Jerry

July 24, 2007

Last week, Umm Daoud, (her name means “Mother of Daoud”), met me and three friends at a bridge that crosses into her neighborhood. It was just after sundown; the streets were darkening as she guided us toward the narrow path which leads to her home. She and her five children live in a humble two room apartment in a crowded “low-rent” area of Amman.

As guests, my friends and I sat on a makeshift piece of furniture, an old door placed atop two crates and covered by a thin mat. She and her children sat on the floor. Apart from a television and a small table, the living room had no other furniture. The television remained “on” while Samil, her youngest son, seemed completely absorbed in a “Tom and Jerry” cartoon.

Colorado: Woman gets jail for Udall protest

By Bruce Finley
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 07/27/2007 07:30:11 PM MDT

A war protester who occupied U.S. Rep. Mark Udall’s Colorado office and refused to leave was sentenced Friday to a month in jail.

A jury found Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center activist Carolyn Bninski, 57, guilty of trespassing but not-guilty of unlawful assembly.

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.

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