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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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Bad lieutenant: American police brutality, exported from Chicago to Guantánamofrom the Guardian
The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' Chicago to Gitmo
6 Arrested at Beale AFB in Ash Wednesday Drone Protest6 Arrested at Beale AFB in Ash Wednesday Drone Protest
The Front Page RuleKathy writes from prison
Killing the Futureremembering the ameriya bombing
THE SHIFTVoices Co-coordinator Kathy Kelly writes from prison

Senate Approves Iraq - Afghanistan War Funding Bill

March 29, 2007

This morning (March 29) the Senate voted to pass its version of the “emergency” supplemental spending bill that provides just over another $100 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Senate and the House will now appoint members to a conference committee. This committee will hammer out differences between the Senate version and the House version of the bill. Negotiations will likely begin either today or tomorrow. Only relatively small differences in funding amounts exist in the two bills. The other difference is the language and timetable that each uses for beginning a partial withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq.

Letter to Senator Sanders – From a Nine-Year Old

March 27, 2007
Original Posted at vermontsnarkyboy.blogspot.com/

There were several children in attendance at today’s visit to Sanders’ office, including a nine-year old girl who sat quietly writing her own letter to the senator. When she was done, she had it copied by the office staff and then handed it out to those who wanted to see it. I’m re-printing the letter in its entirety below. It is refreshing – to say the least – to see the school-aged lessons in democracy come flowing out so honestly on paper. We’ve got a lot to learn, my friends.

Dear Senator Sanders,

Stop the war. What do you not understand? What about the kids in Iraq? You are sending money to kill people and you can stop this war.

Taking Risks for Peace

March 27, 2007
Amman, Jordan

As a U.S. citizen currently living in Amman, I have wanted to write an article to The Jordan Times, an article to express my gratitude to King Abdullah for his extraordinary address at a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in Washington earlier this month.

Democracy Now!: Over 240 Arrested Since "Occupation Project" Launched to Call on Congress to End War Funding

March 27th, 2007

The Senate prepares to vote this week on a $100 billion spending bill that would give the President $100 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Last month, the group Voices For Creative Nonviolence launched the Occupation Project. Activists around the country traveled to congressional offices and conducted sit-ins while calling on lawmakers to stop funding the war. We speak with veteran peace activist Kathy Kelly. The Senate is preparing to vote this week on a spending bill that would give the President $100 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but also establish a timeline for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq by next year. We speak with veteran peace activist Kathy Kelly On Capitol Hill, the Senate is preparing to vote this week on a spending bill that would give the President $100 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but also establish a timeline for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq by next year. On Friday the House passed a similar bill by a margin of 218 to 212.

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Burlington, VT: Eight arrested in war protest at Sanders' office

By John Curran
March 28, 2007
Associated Press

Eight war protesters were arrested Tuesday after refusing to leave the Burlington offices of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., capping a peaceful 3 1/2-hour sit-in.

Rep Mike Thompson - Eureka, CA -- 2 Arrested

March 23, 2007

Social justice advocates organized an office occupation of Rep Mike Thompson in Eureka, CA. Paul Encimer and Robyn Donald were arrested on Tuesday morning after an all night occupation of the office. Thompson is one of the many Representatives who voted against previous supplemental spending bills but ended up voting for the current bill this year.

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