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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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Press Release: Peace Coalition Members Go To Court For Occupying Rep. Kaptur’s Office

April 2, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Terry Lodge 419 255-7552 or Steve Miller 419 242-7317

At 9:00 a.m., Monday, April 2, four members of the NW Ohio Peace Coalition (NWOPC) will be at Toledo Municipal Court, 555 N. Erie St., in Judge Amy Berling’s courtroom (room 11) for a pretrial hearing for occupying Representative Marcy Kaptur’s office until she pledged to vote against the Bush administration’s $93,000,000,000 “supplemental” funding for the war in Iraq. Ms. Kaptur refused to make that pledge and the protestors refused to leave her office and were arrested after a 15 hour sit-in.

Key Resources: Iraq, Supplemental War Spending and Iran

Cathy Breen Reports from Amman, Jordan
Spring: A letter from Cathy Breen from Amman, Jordan, April 10, 2007
Taking Risks for Peace, March 27, 2007
Amman Jordan: The Border Is Now Closed Mar 20, 2007
Picking Up The Pieces Mar 7, 2007
Health Care of Extremity, Feb 26, 2007
Keep the Candle Burning, Feb 21, 2007
Update from Cathy Breen in Jordan, Feb 8, 2007
Letter from Cathy Breen in Jordan, Jan 25, 2007

Analysis of Supplemental Spending Request
Tap Dancing on Graves: Democrats Supplemental Buys the War, by Jeff Leys, March 19, 2007
Money for Nothing: Iraq War Funding, 2004 to 2007, by Jeff Leys, Feb 2007
The Markey Two Step, by Jeff Leys, Feb 26, 2007

Iran
The War Widens?, by Jeff Leys, January 11, 2007
Nine Windows on Iran, by Ed Kinane, Jan 25, 2007
IED Lies, by Milan Rai, Feb 12, 2007

Fort Wayne, IN - 3 demonstrators held after local Iraq protest, meeting

By Amanda Iacone
The Journal Gazette
March 30, 2007

Three people were arrested Thursday inside the E. Ross Adair Federal Building after a demonstration that called for Sens. Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar to stop supporting funding for the war in Iraq.

A group of about 30 protesters gathered outside of the building on South Harrison Street beginning about 11 a.m. Several of the demonstrators also met with Lugar’s staff inside the building to send their message to the senator.

Eugene, OR - Protesters arrested at U.S. Courthouse

By Susan Palmer
The Register-Guard
Published: Friday, March 30, 2007

Peace activists seeking an immediate end to the Iraq war were kicked out of Sen. Gordon Smith’s Eugene office on Thursday afternoon, arrested by Homeland Security officers, handcuffed and escorted from the U.S. Courthouse.

The three Eugene activists had said they planned to stay in Smith’s office until the senator agreed to sign a pledge to cut all funding for the war. Like many other activists who have participated nationally in what is being called the Occupation Project, they expected to get arrested at 5 p.m. when the federal building is closed to the public.

Video: 7 Arrested at Hart Senate Office Building in D.C.

March 29, 2007

On March 29, shortly after the Senate voted in favor of the Iraq-Afghanistan war supplemental spending bill, 7 social justice advocates were arrested at the Hart Senate Office Building. Those arrested included members of the D.C. Antiwar Network, Veterans for Peace, CODEPINK, and the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.

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.

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