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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

recent additions at a glance

Saddam and ChurchillComparing the careers of Saddam and Churchill, written 9 years ago
Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp Kathy Kelly remembers visiting a U.S.-run POW camp in Iraq in 2004
There Is No Future in War: Youth Rise Up, a Manifesto the youth of America are taking a stand against war
On Worthier VictimsGetting Beyond Disinformation Around ISIS
A Teacher in KabulA story of hope from Afghanistan
Privilege and CourageSherri Maurin's further reflections from Kabul

Iraq War Funding Update

March 8, 2007

Congress is poised to vote on the supplemental spending bill to provide additional funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The following article is from The Hill, March 8, 2007. Highlights include:

  • House Democratic leaders have developed their plan for the supplemental spending bill.
  • The House Appropriations Committee will act upon the supplemental spending bill next week (the week of March 12).
  • No attempts to amend the bill will be allowed to made on the floor of the House when the full House considers the bill.
  • Because no amendments will be allowed, there will be no opportunity to include substantive language for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the U.S.
  • The supplemental spending bill is now expected to include language that the U.S. would begin a “phased redeployment” from Iraq if Iraq fails to meet certain benchmarks set by the U.S.

Take Action:

  • Call your Representative and Senators to tell them to vote against the supplemental spending bill. The Congressional Switchboard will connect you to their offices. Phone number: 202-224-3121
  • Organize an office occupation of your Representative and Senators if they do not publicly commit to voting against additional funding for the Iraq war.

Penobscot Bay Occupation Project -- 12 Arrested at Senator Collins Maine Office

March 7, 2007

Twelve people were arrested for criminal trespassing at Senator Collins office in Bangor, Maine at about 5 p.m. this evening. They had called upon the Senator to stop funding the war in Iraq. A $100 billion supplemental appropriations bill will be voted on later this month.

New Hampshire: Clergy protest funds for war

Mar 7 2007
Portsmouth Herald
For Video see the Portsmouth Herald article

PORTSMOUTH — Peace activists from across New Hampshire came out Tuesday afternoon to ask Sen. John Sununu not to back additional funding for the Iraq war.

Taking a proactive stance, they also urged the senator to use his influence to prevent President Bush from ordering an attack on Iran.

Members of Seacoast Peace Response and clergy members walked into Sununu’s Portsmouth office to present a letter asking him not to support the approximate $93 billion supplemental funding for the Iraq war when it comes up for vote in Congress this spring. A similar event occurred at the same time at the senator’s Manchester office.

Bangor, Maine: Occupation Project Results in 12 Arrests - Photos and Video

Mar 7 2007

Visits to offices of Congressman Mike Michaud and Senator Olympia Snowe in Bangor, Maine to request they STOP FUNDING WAR.

For two additional videos and story:

Charlottesville, VA -- 3 Arrested at Rep Goode's Office

Protestors Arrested at Goode’s Office
Reported by David Douglas
NBC-29, WVIR-TV
March 7, 2007

For the fourth week in a row, anti-war protestors have gathered outside Virgil Goode’s office in Charlottesville. For the third week in a row, three of those protestors were arrested.

Not So Silent Night -- 5 Arrested at Rep Mark Kirk's Office in Illinois

By Siobhan Kolar
March 7, 2007

Tonight inside Suite 350 at 707 Skokie Boulevard there was not silence but song, prayer and chanting of names of those killed, American and Iraqi, in the last four years of the American occupation of Iraq. Representative Mark Kirk’s office in Northbrook was being occupied by the Engage Nonviolence Affinity group. Those risking arrest tonight included Dave and Barb Corcoran, Dave Martin, Bettina Perillo and John (Jack) Wentland. A staff member stayed with the group until around 9:45 pm, when they were forcibly removed, handcuffed and arrested. Dave C, Dave M and Bettina refused to provide their names to the police and were taken to the Northbrook police station for processing. A staff member at Representative Kirk’s office contacted the Northbrook police and, when he provided the names to the police all three were released. Barb and Jack provided their names to police at the office location and were released from there. All five have a court date of April 23 at 9 a.m.

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