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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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"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?

Take Action: House & Senate to Vote on Iraq War Funding This Week; Prepare for Civil Disobedience

Actions Needed to End Iraq War Funding
April 22, 2007

Please call your Representative and Senators and tell them to vote against the supplemental spending bill to continue funding the Iraq war. You can call the Congressional switchboard at 1-202-224-3121 and be connected.

Prepare for civil disobedience in June and July at the offices of Representatives and Senators who refuse to publicly commit to vote against any additional funding for the Iraq war for Fiscal Year 2008 (which begins on October 1).

Tax Day -- 5 Arrested in Chicago's Federal Building

April 17, 2007

On April 17—Tax Day—five social justice advocates were arrested in the federal building in Chicago. This building houses the offices of Senator Obama and Senator Durbin. It also houses an office of the IRS.

Donning sackcloth and ashes, they entered the federal building shortly after it opened for the day. All acted in remembrance of the death and destruction wrought upon Iraq by the United States. They sang the names of Iraqi citizens and U.S. soldiers who’ve been killed during the war in and occupation of Iraq.

Anti-war network sits in at Sen. Kohl’s office through the night

by Erica Pelzek
Thursday, 19 April 2007
The Daily Cardinal

See also: Why We Occupied Senator Kohl’s Office by Campus Antiwar Network

UW students stage walk out in protest of Iraq war

After walking out of their classes at 1 p.m. Wednesday in protest of the war in Iraq and rallying students down State Street, more than 40 members of UW-Madison’s Campus Anti-war Network staged an all-night sit-in at U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl’s, D-Wis., Madison office.

Tax day protests and refusing to pay for war

by Ruth Benn
Update: April 16, 2007

Brooklyn, NY - Post offices, federal buildings, and IRS offices will be the site of leafleting and vigils during the last days to file 2006 taxes on April 16 and 17. Demonstrators will declare “YES” to funding for human needs and “NO” to continued funding for war. Anger among taxpayers is rising as Congress approves billions more dollars for the wars and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, even as polls show 70% of Americans disapprove of the war in Iraq.

In more than a dozen towns and cities across Maine taxpayers will be handed flyers declaring, “Schools or tanks? Health Care or Bombs? Which Will You Pay For?” In Fort Collins, Colorado, postal patrons will be greeted with “Take Back the Pie” signs and handed a piece of pie and a pie chart flyer showing how half of income taxes pay for past, present, and future wars. The “YES!” demonstration at the Federal Building in Philadelphia will demand a shift from war funding to other programs including universal health care; housing; ending hunger; programs for youth, immigrants, and seniors; stopping global warming and restoring the environment.

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) has collected a list of tax day actions to share with activists and the media. It is attached below and posted on the internet at www.nwtrcc.org/taxday2007.htm.

Flyer on Military Spending vs. Domestic Spending: 2001 - 2008

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How Much Money for War?

  • In 2001, the U.S. spent $306 billion on the military. President Bush is asking for $481 billion for FY 2008 (fiscal years begin on October 1).
  • That’s a 58% increase in military spending-and does NOT include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • That’s also a $52 billion increase over what Congress approved for military spending for this year-or a 12% increase in just one year.
  • $170 billion will be authorized for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for this year alone. That includes the $70 billion authorized last fall as well as the approximately $100 billion in the pending supplemental spending bill.
  • President Bush has requested $142 billion in military spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for next year.
  • 51% of the federal government’s discretionary spending goes towards the military (discretionary spending does not include such items as Social Security and Medicare which are financed through payroll taxes and other non-income tax sources of revenue).
  • With spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military spending will consume 58% of federal discretionary spending next year.

St. Paul, MN: Rush-Hour Civil Disobedience Against the War

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By KATRINA PLOTZ
April 11, 2007
PULSE

At 5 p.m. on April 3, traffic came to a halt in front of Senator Norm Coleman’s office on University Avenue in St. Paul. But this was no ordinary rush hour. Orange cones, barrels and barricades had stopped vehicles in their tracks. But this was not a construction zone. Twelve people stood in the road. Two faced eastbound traffic and unfurled a banner reading, “The United States: A Roadblock to Peace.” Two others held a banner informing westbound motorists, “This Is What Occupation Looks Like.” Seventy-five supporters stood on the sidewalk holding signs. They all chanted antiwar messages in 30-degree weather as snowflakes swirled in the frigid wind.

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