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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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Picking up the Pieces

Mar 7, 2007
Amman, Jordan

After a brief visit to the Iraq embassy this morning, I made my way by foot to the old city district. Two Iraqi friends walking behind me were deep in conversation. I was looking downward as the sidewalk was uneven when I spied two discarded jigsaw puzzle pieces. For some reason I was tempted to pick one up. The image seemed appropriate, so many puzzle pieces we struggle to connect.

The new “G” passport that is now being required from all Iraqis is a piece of the puzzle. A piece that is adding to their misery and despair. At least 90 Shiite pilgrims en route to the holy shrine in Kerbala were killed today when two people walking in their midst blew themselves up. Other bombs brought the death toll to over 120. The day before a car bomb killed 30 in the historical book market section of Baghdad, an area I visited on more than one occasion lingering over books that spoke of Iraq’s intellectual wealth. Now “pieces of flesh and remains of books were scattered everywhere” said one witness at the scene.

Tenacity trumps drama on front line of protest

March 6, 2007

By Diane Carman
Denver Post

Janet Roberts smiled as the cop handcuffed her Monday afternoon. In the earnest logic of the Occupation Project, arrest was nothing short of victory.

Roberts’ teenage son had teased her when she kissed him goodbye that morning. Theirs was just a typical American family, he joked, with Dad going to the office and Mom going to jail.

2 Arrested at Rep Peter Defazio's Office in Oregon

March 5, 2007

March 5, 2007

On March 5, two people were arrested at Representative Peter Defazio’s office in Eugene, Oregon. They and solidarity people maintained a vigil at the office throughout the day. Two people chose to remain when the office was closed at the end of the business day and were arrested by federal law enforcement.

4 arrests at Represenative Obey's Wausau, WI office

Updated Mar 6 2007

Ron, Joy, Erin and Jeff at Rep. Obey's Wausau, WI OfficeRon, Joy, Erin and Jeff at Rep. Obey’s Wausau, WI Office

Joy First, Erin Cox, Ron Durham, and Jeff Leys, participants with the Occupation Project were arrested shortly after the Wausau, WI office of Rep. David Obey closed today at 5pm. Representative Obey is the Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations. It is anticipated that the Committee on Appropriations will vote on the emergency supplemental appropriations bill sometime this week or next week.

3 Arrests Made at Senator Grassley's Iowa Office

March 6 2007
Updated 5:00 PM CST

Three arrested in Grassley office occupation
From the Des Moines Register:

Three Iowa peace activists participating in a national campaign of sustained civil disobedience Monday were arrested when they refused to leave the office of Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, Des Moines police said.

Lindsay Ayling, 19, and Brian Perbix, 20, Grinnell College students, and Chris Gaunt of Grinnell had delivered a 350-signature petition that urged the senator to stop the funding for the war in Iraq. They hoped to elicit a pledge from Grassley that he would vote against President Bush’s $93 billion war appropriation request.

The three members of the Occupation Project, a national civil disobedience campaign, were charged with trespassing. They were held overnight in the Polk County Jail and will be arraigned today.

The following is the press release from March 5th:

The Occupation Project: Sen. Barbara Mikulski

February 27, 2007

Maryland Occupation Project

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4 arrested at Sen. Mikulski’s D.C. office

Occupation Project, Gordon Smith, Portland OR - "arrested for attempting to visit"

Mar 2 2007

Valerie Kelly and Tom Hastings, of the Defund the War campaign in Oregon, attempted to visit with Sen. Gordon Smith. They didn’t get to the office, but Kelly was arrested nonetheless. The following is a report from Valerie Kelly, a letter she wished to present to the senator, and a report for Tom Hastings who provided support for the day.

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