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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US Drone Campaign Needs to be Acknowledged a FailureThe assassination drone campaign on the tribal areas of Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan has been one of the controversial plans of the US government in the recent years.
Pushing UpClimate change and war: a perfect storm. Kathy Kelly on the task of putting all hands on deck.

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


April 11, 2007

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.

Occupation Project Actions - By Location - Feb 5 to April 5, 2007

(As of April 5, 2007)

During the initial 9 week period of the Occupation Project campaign, 316 arrests occurred at the offices of 38 Representatives and Senators, at the hearing of the House Appropriations Committee at which the supplemental spending bill was passed and in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on the day the full Senate passed the bill.

The Occupation Project campaign now enters a second phase. We’ll continue to focus upon the supplemental spending bill for the current fiscal year (which ends on September 30). But we’ll also begin to focus more attention and work upon the $145 billion which President Bush is seeking to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the next fiscal year (which begins on October 1, 2007).

Please be in contact with us about continuing work on the Occupation Project campaign via email, occupationproject@vcnv.org.

“For the Love of Peace” - A Fast to End Military and Economic Warfare in Iraq: April 9 to April 30

April 9, 2007

Public presence in Chicago’s Federal Building Plaza begins April 12th, 2007

On April 9, Voices for Creative Nonviolence activists will begin “For the Love of Peace: A Fast to End Military and Economic Warfare in Iraq”. This is a 21 day liquids only fast in Chicago that includes a daily vigil outside the federal building which houses the offices of Senators Durbin and Obama as well as the Internal Revenue Service. During our public vigil, we hope to engage in discussions with passersby and encourage them to visit the offices of Senators Obama and Durbin to insist that they stop funding war in Iraq.

The fast is a continuation of the larger campaign, “The Occupation Project,” which seeks to end funding for war in Iraq.

On April 16 and 17, we call for nonviolent civil disobedience and occupations of the offices of Representatives and Senators who continue to support funding for the war in Iraq.

Spring: A letter from Cathy Breen from Amman, Jordan

Amman, Jordan
April 10, 2007

As if someone waved a magic wand over the city, suddenly everything is green. Trees and bushes seem to have blossomed overnight, and little flowers are pushing their way through stone walls and sidewalk crevices announcing that spring has arrived.

There is a little public square up the hill from where I am living. In the summer it is simply bursting with life and activity. It is a very popular place for Iraqis; they gather there in the evenings to visit with one another while their children run about playing gleefully. Since my arrival in mid-January the little park has been mostly barren as the weather has been too cold and the days short. But now the warm weather beckons those who have been homebound for so many months, and people are beginning to gather once again. In the last two days it has been so heartening for me to see people coming once again to the park.

Chicago: 3 Occupation Project Participants Found Not Guilty

April 9, 2007

Dr. Marjorie Fujara, Katie Jean Dahlaw, and Laura Bernstein were found not guilty of failure to comply with signs at a hearing this morning. The three woman were arrested in Chicago on February 20th as they knelt in the lobby of the Kluczynski Federal Building, chanting a litany in remembrance of Iraqis and Americans who have been killed in Iraq. Rosalie Riegle, who was also arrested, was not present at the hearing due to being out of the country.

After an officer testified that the women slowed down business Judge Nolan said that people exercising first amendment rights sometimes does slow down business as usual.

Prior to their action on February 20th, ten women met with Senator Durbin’s chief of staff for the district and asked the Senator to exercise more leadership by rebutting claims that failure to approve the supplemental spending constitutes failure to support the U.S. troops.

Occupation Project Nation-Wide Arrests

Updated April 5 2007
Total so far: 316
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A Week in DC – Occupation Project - March 26-April 1

April 5, 2007
By Joy First
Madison, WI

I flew to Washington, DC on March 26 to be there at this historic moment as our Congress is betraying the people of the United States by voting to continue to fund a war they were given a mandate to end. When I left Madison, the House had just voted to continue to fund the war the week before, and the Senate was expected to vote the same way sometime during the week I was in DC. The bills for the supplemental funding contain a date for withdrawal at least a year (the Senate) or 1 ½ years (the House) away. Additionally, the bills have many loopholes so that Bush will be able to continue the war the way he wants to. Though the Democratic leadership claims that they are trying to end the war with their bills for the supplemental funding, I believe that we cannot accept their political game-playing when innocent people continue to be killed everyday as a result of the war and occupation of Iraq.

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