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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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Activists Protesting Armed Drones Arrested at Creech AFBReproduced from the Las Vegas Review-Journal
NDE to Serve Creech AFB with War Crimes IndictmentPress Release from Nevada Desert Experience
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#NotABugSplat: Art Installation in Pakistan Puts a Face on Drone VictimsFeatured in Reason Magazine
Talks, Tears Highlight Rally Against DronesWhiteman Air Force Base April 7

War Opponents Occupy Congressional Offices

February 6, 2007

From Alaska to Washington, D.C. yesterday, peace activists escalated their tactics and occupied Congressional offices, demanding elected officials vote against George Bush’s request of $93,000,000,000 to extend the war.

The Occupation Project, organized by Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), kicked off at noon, Eastern Time when four people were arrested holding a funeral service in the Chicago office of Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and four more people were arrested in the Chicago office of U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), reading names of Iraqis and U.S. soldiers.

Obama’s Plan offers a continuation of the Iraq war

February 6, 2007

On February 5th, 8 people affiliated with the St. Francis House Catholic worker and Voices for Creative Nonviolence entered the offices of both Sen. Durbin and Sen. Obama in Chicago as part of the Occupation Project. The following is a letter that was presented to Obama’s staff.


It should be acknowledged that Senator Obama, by introducing this bill, has attempted a response to the mandate voters in Illinois issued him when, in 2004, he was elected to office by voters led to believe that he opposed the Iraq war. Senator Obama’s plan is superior to Senator Carl Levin’s non-binding “bill to express the sense of Congress on Iraq” that is being debated on the Senate floor today. Senator Levin’s does nothing more than respectfully disagree with the President’s conduct of the war.

Trying to stop war 1 office at a time

February 6, 2007

Activists take message of peace to Cramer; others support congressman

Peter Engstrom doesn’t expect that the 30 minutes he stood silently in his congressman’s office will stop the war in Iraq, but it’s a beginning.

“And you’ve got to start somewhere,” the war protester said outside U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer’s office late Monday afternoon.

Hillary, if you’re in to win, stop the war spin

February 5, 2007

by Rae Abileah
Originally published on BeyondChron

The Peace Movement Ups the Ante on Demands to Congress to Cut War Funding

“Senator Clinton, we’re blocking your door, until you cut this web of war!” was the chant heard through the halls of Congress outside Hillary Clinton’s office last Tuesday, where activists with the women’s peace group, CODEPINK, asked Hillary to stop supporting funding for the war in Iraq. 50 activists entered Hillary’s office and effectively wove themselves into a web of pink yarn and ribbons to symbolize the senator’s web of deception and the innocent people—Americans and Iraqis—caught in it. The group asked Hillary to pledge to fund college scholarships and healthcare, an issue the senator triumphs, not bombs and destruction. Activists held banners that bared slogans such as, “Hillary: Be a Woman for Peace” and “It takes an Invasion to Raze a Village,” and donned pink slips with the “Cut the Funding” message. After being forced out of Clinton’s office, six women were arrested while blocking Clinton’s door.

North Alabama Occupation Project Commences

January 30, 2007

The North Alabama Committee for Nonviolent Action launches the Occupation Project Campaign in northern Alabama.

Engagement with War

January 29, 2007

Amman, Jordan

Earlier this week, I received a joyful phone call from Baghdad. Members of a family I’ve known since 1996 announced that one of their younger daughters was engaged. Broken Arabic and broken English crossed the lines –”We love you! We miss you!” My colleague here in Amman, who also knows this family well, shook her head smiling when I gave her the happy news. “What an amazing family,” she said. “Imagine all that they’ve survived.” A few hours later, the family sent us a text message: “now bombs destroy all the glasses in our home – no one hurt.”

No one was home when the explosion shattered every window and damaged ceilings and walls. This was exceptionally fortunate given that they are a family of nine living in a very small dwelling. The family has moved into an even smaller home where one daughter lives with her husband and newborn baby. It happens that their aunt and her three children are also with them. The aunt had traveled from Amman to secure needed documents in Baghdad. Seventeen people are crowded into an apartment the size of a small one car garage.

Letter from Cathy Breen - Jan 25th, 2007

January 28, 2007

Dear Friends,

Today is my third full day in Amman, Jordan. I feel I must begin to write, if only for myself, so that the events and impressions do not begin to run into one another. These first days have been filled with the joy of being back in familiar neighborhoods and of being reunited with friends here. Once again however my joy is curtailed as I learn of new trials that Iraqi “refugees” are having to endure. I want to relate something I heard today while visiting with a refugee family I went to greet.

You might remember my writing about this family. The 70 year old father and husband was taken from their family home in Baghdad in the trunk of a car by about a dozen men, 10 of whom were in police uniforms. After being hung up, beaten and receiving electrical shocks, he was released when a reduced ransom was paid. When a second attempt was made to kidnap him, the family fled to Jordan.

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