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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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Anti-war activists arrested at Rep. Goode's district office (Virginia)

By the Associated Press
Daily Press
February 28, 2007

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Three women protesting the Iraq war were charged with trespassing Wednesday after they refused to leave one of Rep. Virgil Goode’s district offices.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski Has Her Own Constituents Arrested

February 27, 2007

Nonviolent Maryland citizens protesting Iraq War are taken away by Capitol Police; Senator continues to support war funding

Washington, D.C. - At 6:05pm on February 27, Sen. Barbara Mikulski had Capitol Police arrest four of her own constituents when they refused to leave her office. The four were part of a group of 20 that nonviolently occupied Sen. Mikulski’s office for three hours that afternoon, reading the names of Iraqi and American dead in a memorial to those killed, and in a plea to Sen. Mikulski to stop voting for continued war funding.

Talking Points on the Murtha Supplemental Bill

February 27, 2007

Editorial Note: Shortly after the following was written, reports broke in the media that Democratic party leadership in the House is backing away from Murtha’s proposals on supplemental spending. In its place is the proposal that the full $93 billion will be approved by the House. This proposal would require that the President issue a waiver and notify Congress of any units deployed to Iraq which do not meet certain standards. Rather than acting to end the Iraq war, it would seem that the Democratic party leadership is playing political games with the lives of U.S. soldiers and Iraqi citizens.]

Democrats who have staked out an “antiwar” position, whether consistently over the years or more recently, are beginning to join with Congressman John Murtha in placing limited conditions upon the supplemental spending request submitted by President Bush to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the so-called global war on terror. Even Representatives who have consistently voted against prior supplemental spending requests for the war and who have consistently co-sponsored legislation aimed at ending the war or placed restrictions on the waging of the war are showing indications that they will support a Murtha formulated version of the supplemental spending bill. The danger is therefore very real that fewer votes will be cast against the supplemental spending bill than were cast against prior supplemental spending bills.

Veterans For Peace and Military Families Speak Out Visit Carnahan; Two Arrested

February 27, 2007

A delegation of six men and women representing Veterans For Peace and Military Families Speak Out visited Rep Carnahan’s office this afternoon. They wanted to deliver information about permanent bases in Iraq and read letters from US soldiers. Two were committed to wait in the office to receive Carnahan’s public commitment to oppose any new funding.

At 5:00 the Brentwood police arrested two members of the group on charges of trespassing. Michael McPhearson is a Gulf War veteran, the father of a son recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, and National Director of Veterans For Peace. Jim Allen is a twenty-year Army veteran and professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University.

Video of comments made by members of the group explaining why they took action today:

Rep. Martin Meehan Signs Pledge to vote against $100 billion supplemental

Eastern Massachusetts Occupation Project

Veterans For Peace member Pat Scanlon approached Rep. Marty Meehan today and he agreed to sign the same pledge signed by Rep. Ed Markey last week, during the Occupation Project. This pledge is to vote against the $100 billion supplemental appropriation for Iraq. Although Rep. Meehan got the date wrong, here is the pledge he signed:

Rep. Meehan's signatureRep. Meehan’s signature

Arrests Made at Senator Grassley's Iowa Offices

February 27, 2007

Activists with the Iowa Occupation Project campaign engaged in civil disobedience at two of Senator Charles Grassley’s offices in Iowa. 7 arrests occurred in Des Moines and 11 arrests occurred in Cedar Rapids. Following is the report from Cedar Rapids. Click here for the report from Des Moines.

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