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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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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.

Health Care of Extremity

Feb 26, 2007
Amman, Jordan

Sometimes people in the states have asked me how people in Iraq, especially in Baghdad, cope on a daily basis with the ongoing carnage and relentless violence. Believe me when I tell you, I have the same question. It is one that continuously plagues me. As a nurse, as someone who lived in Baghdad, I have some familiarity with the hospital scene there. Not only in the months leading up to the U.S.-led invasion, but also during the bombing of Baghdad and later under the occupation, I was able to visit hospitals in Iraq on an ongoing basis. Because the situation has so drastically deteriorated over the last years, it has become increasingly difficult to get information and a sense of the situation within Iraq.

Do the Markey Two Step: Or How Democrats Are Buying the Iraq War

February 26, 2007

Last week, members of the Smedley Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace organized an office occupation of Representative Ed Markey’s office in Massachusetts. Their demand was simple: refuse to continue funding the Iraq war and vote against the $93 billion supplemental spending request submitted to Congress by President Bush on February 5. Their action was one of a growing number of office occupations taking place during the Occupation Project campaign of civil disobedience to end Iraq war funding.

Markey adroitly launched into song and dance, agreeing to meet and promising, in writing, to vote against President Bush’s request. The next day, he pivoted and swirled, doing the finest two step you’ll ever see. He pronounced that he will most definitely vote against President Bush’s request. He also pronounced that he will wait to decide whether to vote for or against the final supplemental spending bill being crafted by Representatives John Murtha and David Obey in the House Appropriations Committee. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.

Arrests at Wisconsin Office of David Obey, Chair of House Appropriations Committee

February 26, 2007

Peace advocates braved the aftermath of a major winter storm to journey to the Wausau, Wisconsin office of Representative David Obey, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Obey indicated in prior pronouncements that he supports the passage of additional “supplemental” funds for the Iraq war. His constituents met with his staff and three refused to leave when Obey did not reverse his position on war funding. Susanna Juon-Gilk, Roberta Thurstin and Don Timmerman were arrested at the end of the day. They are charged with “disorderly conduct”, a Class B misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail. All were released in the evening on their own recognizance.

Iowa: Senator Charles Grassley’s Offices In Des Moines And Cedar Rapids Occupied

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26

ACTIVISTS DEMAND SENATOR VOTE TO DEFUND THE WAR IN IRAQ

Peace activists with the Occupation Project, a national campaign of sustained civil disobedience, will enter the offices of Senator Charles Grassley at 3:00 PM today in both Des Moines and Cedar Rapids with the intention of remaining until the senator agrees to vote against President Bush’s request of $93,000,000,000 to fund the war in Iraq. Similar “occupations” have been occurring in congressional offices all over the country since the campaign was announced by Voices for Creative Nonviolence, based in Chicago on February 5 and has resulted in dozens of arrests.

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