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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Before the DawnCall for a new awakening
In Baghdad, Organized Destruction"Since we opened our eyes in this life, we have only known pain."
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Their deaths shall haunt us as long as we liveEarlier this month, a drone strike in Khost City, Afghanistan killed 34 Taliban-affiliated individuals. However, local reports from the region indicate that this strike also killed 15 civilians.
Weeding Roses in Kabulby Martha Hennessy

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.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

May 16, 2007

5 arrested for blocking the entrance to the Syracuse, NY federal building. The following is the statement from the group.

For over five years we have spoken and written a torrent of words against the US war on Iraq.

We have phoned, we have emailed, we have petitioned, we have written letters, we have written op-eds, we have held signs and we have marched with banners. We also, not incidentally, have met with congressional aides and have voted.

On Trial in the courtroom of magistrate Rufus King III

By Jerry Zawada, OFM
May 11, 2007

Good Morning, Judge King and all in this courtroom.

We come today with an urgent message.

“We need to stop the war in Iraq as soon as possible! We need to stop the funding which guarantees that the war will continue. We need to bring the troops home, soon, very soon, and provide for their welfare: physically, psychologically, emotionally. We need to provide healing for the Iraqi victims of war as well.”

Basically, Judge King, that is the message we hoped to bring to the office of Senator John McCain on February 5th of this year, and indeed a message we’re intending to extend to all members of congress and to every branch of our federal government.

Vietnam and Iraq, two losing wars with the same blame game losing excuses.

By Frank Cordaro frank.cordaro@gmail.com
Des Moines Catholic Worker
(From a speech given May 2, 2007 Post Veto Rally “MISSION BOTCHED – NEITHER CONGRESS NOR THE PRESIDENT HAS IT RIGHT!” in Des Moines, IA)

Today’s demonstration brings to mind a famous quote from one of my favorite philosophers, Yogi Berra of NY Yankee fame: “It feels like deja vu all over again.” Vietnam and Iraq, two losing wars with the same blame game losing excuses.

And, yet, I know that the War in Iraq is not the same as the War in Vietnam. One big reason the Iraq War is not like the Vietnam War is because this USA lead war in Iraq is a much bigger disaster and national disgrace, has far reaching ramifications beyond the borders of Iraq that threatens the whole region of the Middle East and the rest of the world.

A Mother wonders: should we bring back the draft?

May 11 2007

A woman at a New Hampshire town hall meeting momentarily caught presidential candidate Barack Obama off guard last month. While telling the senator that her nephew was heading to Iraq to serve, Jean Serino became distraught. “I can’t breathe,” the Associated Press’s Philip Elliott reported (April 21) Serino sobbing, “I want to know, when am I going to be able to breathe? Are you going to get us the hell out of there? Promise us you will get us out of there.”

Our junior Senator, turned presidential contender, confidently responded: “… I make a solemn pledge to you, as president, we will be out of Iraq.”

But, Obama, like his colleagues, votes (again, and again, and yet again) for the supplemental spending requested by President Bush for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Much of this money is used to procure weapons systems which won’t be delivered until 2009-2010, assuring that far from being out of Iraq during the next presidency, we’ll be more firmly entrenched. We can’t breathe! When are we going to be able to breathe?

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.

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