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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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Valentines and Arrests for Women-of-Faith Affinity Group in Saint Louis

Feb 14 2007
The Occupation Project in Saint Louis

Catie Shinn, Colleen Kelly, and Pat Chaffee were arrested by Brentwood police for trespassing on Wednesday afternoon when they chose to remain in the office of Rep Russ Carnahan to wait for his answer to our question. All three were released on Wednesday evening after posting bond.

The Defund the War Campaign: Two Arrests in Oregon Senator Gordon Smith's Office

Feb 12 2007

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On Monday February 12th Greg Lief and George Hutchinson, participants in the Occupation Project and members of The Defund the War Campaign, were removed from and arrested at Oregon Senator Gordon Smith’s office. The full story will be posted here soon.

On Tuesday, the day after the arrest, Gordon Smith locked the public out of his office. The press release about the lock out can be found here

Continue to view photos from Monday’s arrests.

Update From Cathy Breen in Jordan

February 8th, 2007

Dear Friends,

Yesterday I felt so much outrage, rage at what is now being referred to here as “the ‘G’ nightmare.” Iraqis are being told they must return to Baghdad to get the new “G” passport. It is now required by the U.S. and British embassies. One older couple who has loved ones in the states has been waiting in Amman for almost a year now. Recently they received the good news that their visa has finally been approved! In the same breath, they were advised that the passports they hold are no longer valid. The Iraq embassy in Amman is not issuing the new passports; they can only be gotten in Baghdad. I find this impossible to grasp.

Constituents Beware: Senator Durbin's Closed-Door Policy in Chicago

By Erin Cox and Ron Durham
February 13, 2007

On February 5, the Occupation Project, a sustained campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience to stop the Iraq war, began in Chicago. Eight activists were forcibly removed from the Chicago offices of Senators Durbin and Obama when they demanded the Senators vote against future war funding. On Monday, February 12, one week after being arrested for civil disobedience, three of the eight activists returned to Senator Durbin’s office. In returning, we hoped to demonstrate our commitment to the issue in Iraq with our consistent presence and determination to share our concerns with the Senator. We also felt it important to reconnect with the staff in order to recognize our common humanity in peaceful efforts to bring awareness, express ideas, and share concerns. We had no intentions of disrupting business in the office.

Each one of us had previously visited the office of Senator Durbin multiple times in groups or as individuals. Each time we had come to visit the office, which is open to and paid for by the public, the door had been open so that constituents could freely enter. This time however, we came upon a closed, locked door. On the outside of the glass door there was a sign that read “Meeting by appointment only.”

Occupation Project: A Valentine for Illinois Senators Durbin & Obama

By Scott Blackburn
Feb 13 2007, 2:40PM — Updated 7:40PM

A full set of photos follows the report.

“Let’s be the generation that stops funding war in Iraq, NOW!”

Chicago, IL - On Tuesday, February 13 at 10AM a blizzard continued to cover the city as a group of concerned Illinois constituents attempted to visit with the office staff of both Sen. Obama and Durbin to continue to urge the senators to publicly pledge to vote against any additional war funding.

As the participants of the Occupation Project met with press outside the Kluczynski Federal Building a federal officer arrived on the scene within a minute. The negotiations began.

The Latest Occupation: Activists Nationwide Confront Congresspeople about Military Funding on Their Own Ground

Maya Schenwar
Common Dreams
10 February 2007

In protest of the war and occupation in Iraq, peace activists across the country commenced an occupation of their own on Monday, February 5. The action, called the Occupation Project, will consist of at least eight weeks of nonviolent civil disobedience, in which protestors occupy their congressional representatives’ offices, urging them to vote against continued funding of the Iraq War. Specifically, Occupation Project participants are calling for politicians to pledge to vote against the 2007 Supplementary Spending Bill, which allocates an additional $100 billion for military escalation in Iraq. The campaign is being organized by the Chicago-based anti-war organization Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), and is backed by many other prominent groups, including CODEPINK, United for Peace and Justice and Veterans for Peace.

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