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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Afghan Girl, Sakina, Buries Toy Gun and Says… I don’t like to be in a world of war. I like to be in a world of peace.
Nine Arrested at Volk FieldJoy First recounts her participation in the Wisconsin walk and the arrests at Volk Field
Let It Shinemarching against lethal racial profiling at home and abroad.
Photo Diary of the Let It Shine! WalkPhoto diary of our 8-day, 90-mile walk condemning indiscriminate and militarized U.S. Govt. violence against communities of color both within the U.S. and in the beleaguered Third World.
ReplantingKathy's report from Los Alamos on sources of strength for needed work
US Drone Campaign Needs to be Acknowledged a FailureThe assassination drone campaign on the tribal areas of Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan has been one of the controversial plans of the US government in the recent years.

Break Time Is Over: Building Nonviolent Resistance to the 2008 Iraq War Supplemental

June 18, 2007

On August 6, Congress begins its month long recess. August 6 also marks the start of Year 62 After Hiroshima-when the U.S. initiated its nuclear first strike policy against the people of Hiroshima. And it marks Year 17 After Iraq Sanctions, when the brutal economic sanctions regime against Iraq was first imposed by the international community.

On August 6, the Occupation Project will launch a reinvigorated campaign of sustained nonviolent civil disobedience / civil resistance to end Iraq war funding. Office occupations-both legal and extralegal-will commence at the offices of Representatives and Senators who refuse to publicly pledge to vote against any additional funding of the Iraq war. Occupations will continue at least through the end of September. The Occupation Project will work in conjunction with campaigns organized by Declaration of Peace, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, Grassroots America for Us and others.

Threats, violence in Baghdad threaten new wave of displaced

June 18, 2007

BAGHDAD, 18 June 2007 (IRIN) - Sunni families remaining in Shia neighbourhoods of Baghdad are being forced to flee their homes: A 72-hour deadline announced by militants for them to leave these areas or face death expires on 18 June.

The ultimatum has put many Iraqi families in a desperate situation and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are worried as displacement camps could not cope with all the internally displaced people (IDPs) that this ultimatum might trigger.

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

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