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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Rural Oregon: Strategic organizing to end the war

March 22, 2007
Blue Oregon
guest column

By Mike Edera of Scappoose, Oregon. Mike is a landscaper and an activist with the Rural Organizing Project.

“Strategy-free activism” is a term coined by the late-great activist Judy Bari. The worst example of strategy-free activism I have ever seen was provided by a band of mask-wearing ‘revolutionaries’ carrying an ‘F the Troops’ banner in a big Portland peace march.

By contrast, the best recent example of strategic activism was Cindy Sheehan’s protest outside of Bush’s Crawford dude-ranch. Before a national press corps stuck covering the President’s summer vacation, she contrasted her condition as the grieving mother of a soldier-son killed in Iraq with Bush’s feckless month-long West Texas siesta. Her example galvanized peace vigils across the country, re-launched the anti-war movement, linking it to the suffering of soldiers and their families.

Tap Dancing on Graves: “Antiwar” Democrats Supplemental Buys the War

March 19, 2007

“We don’t have the votes,” intones David Obey as he shepherds though the House the supplemental spending bill that provides another $100 billion or so for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obey’s protestations to antiwar protesters are an understandable figleaf covering his continued support for the war. After all, he has voted in favor of all prior supplemental spending bills, excepting the October 2003 bill which actually included funds for reconstruction purposes in Iraq.

Of course, Obey, Murtha, et. al. offer the benefit of “oversight”. With the Democrats back in power, Congress will provide “oversight” to this war while tens of thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of U.S. soldiers continue to be killed.

Burlington, VT: Six arrested in protest at Welch's office

March 22, 2007
By Sam Hemingway
Burlington Free Press

Six demonstrators were arrested on trespass charges Wednesday night inside the Burlington offices of Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., while protesting what they said was Welch’s unwillingness to firmly oppose the Iraq war.

“Last November, we elected a congressman we thought would end the war but instead the war is being expanded,” said Patrick Kearney, 55, of Thetford as he emerged from the building in handcuffs and escorted by police. “We can’t get a yes or no answer from our congressman about whether or not he is going to fund the war.”

Bend, OR: Six protesters arrested at Walden's office

Mar. 22, 2007
By Tony Fuller and Barney Lerten
See KTVZ.com for photo and video news coverage.

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Six women showed up for a meeting Tuesday at Rep. Greg Walden’s Bend office, wanting to personally urge him to oppose any more funding for the war in Iraq. That began a sit-in, and nearly 12 hours later, despite an offer to chat with him the next day - if they left - they still refused to leave and were arrested on criminal trespass charges, officials said.

Howard Zinn Replies to MoveOn’s support for the supplemental

Written by Howard Zinn
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Democracy Rising

“I’m disappointed in MoveOn. We are not politicians, we are citizens. Let the politicians advocate half-way measures if they choose, but only after they have felt the full force of citizens who speak for what is right, not what is winnable in a shameful timorous Congress. Timetables for withdrawal are not only morally reprehensible in the case of a brutal occupation (would you give a thug who invaded your house, smashed things up, and terrorized your children a timetable for withdrawal?) but logically nonsensical. If our troops are preventing civil war, helping people, controlling violence, then why withdraw at all? If they are in fact doing the opposite — provoking civil war, hurting people, perpetuating violence — they should withdraw as quickly as ships and planes can carry them home. If Congress thinks it must compromise, let it. But we should not encourage that. We should speak our minds fully, boldly and say what is right, whatever they decide to do..

“I would add this: To me it is tantamount to the abolitionists accepting a two-year timeline for ending slavery, while giving more money to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act.

“There is an understandable predisposition for reasonable people to compromise, but there are compromises which are real, and others which are surrenders. See the new movie THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY. The Irish rebels were offered a compromise, which gave them the Irish Free State, something palpable, a ledge to stand on from which to fight for more, which they have done. There is nothing palpable in this “compromise,” only a promise whose fulfillment is in the hands of George Bush, and meanwhile funds the ongoing slaughter in Iraq.”

As Jersey activists focus on Iraq, the specter of Vietnam lingers

For protesters, shadows of another war

March 20, 2007
Star-Ledger Staff

Barbara Webster protested the Vietnam War as a teenager and, now, as a senior citizen, the war in Iraq.

So Webster, 64, of Montclair marked the fourth anniversary of the Iraq invasion yesterday by joining a dozen other peace activists in asking New Jersey’s Democratic U.S. senators, Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, to sign a pledge to end the war by voting against an upcoming spending bill that will pay for it.

After dropping off the pledge forms at the senators’ Newark offices without receiving a commitment, the activists left the Gateway Center and walked into the blustery air with their anti-war placards in tow. They vowed to return next week, prepared to be arrested in an act of civil disobedience if the senators don’t sign the pledge.

Rep John Lewis Statement on the House Floor Opposing Iraq War Funding

March 19, 2007
Representative John Lewis (D-GA)

(On March 19, 2007, Congressman John Lewis rose on the floor of the House of Representatives to firmly state his continued opposition to the war in Iraq. His work for social justice goes back at least as far back as his work with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the 1960’s).

Mr. Speaker,

I rise with deep concern that on this very day 4 years ago, our Nation inaugurated a conflict, an unnecessary war, a war of choice, not a necessity.

The most comprehensive intelligence we have, the National Intelligence Estimate and the latest Pentagon report, tells us that Iraq had descended into a state of civil war. Over 3,000 Americans have died, and hundreds of thousands, some even say up to 1 million citizens of Iraq, have lost their lives in this unnecessary conflict.

And while we are telling our veterans of this war, the elderly, the poor, and the sick that there is no room in the budget for them, the American people have spent over $400 billion on a failed policy. We cannot do more of the same. Mr. Speaker, violence begets violence. It does not lead to peace.

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