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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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Occupation of Senator Kohl’s Madison office

February 22, 2007

Madison Wisconsin Occupation Project

by Joy First

We had a successful and empowering occupation at Senator Kohl’s Madison office on Feb. 21. Our group continues to grow each week and on Feb. 21 we had at least 17 people participating. About half of the group stayed outside and talked to people passing by. Because Senator Kohl’s office is right on the Capitol Square, there is a lot of foot traffic and this gives us a great opportunity to speak to a lot of people about what we are doing and why.

Salazar Seven - Denver community members occupy Senator Ken Salazar's Denver office

February 22, 2007

On February 21, 2007, as part of the Occupation Project, seven Denver community members went to Senator Ken Salazar’s Denver office to request a meeting with senior staff to discuss ending the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

Photos from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center -www.RMPJC.org.

Occupation of Rep. Marcy Kaptur's Toledo office:

Feb 22 2007

At 12:10 a.m. this morning, Toledo police arrived at Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s office and told 10 members of the NW Ohio Peace Coalition who had been there nearly 15 hours, that they had to leave the building. 4 members of NWOPC: Jeff Klein, Steve Miller, Larry Coleman, and Trudy Bond replied they were prepared to be arrested and the other 6 of us (we started with 17 earlier) then left. The arresting officer said they were going to be charged with criminal trespass, taken to the jail and booked where they would “likely” be released on o.r. sometime later this morning.

Terry Lodge, attorney for the four, said they were released in the early morning hours per a standing Federal Court order on overcrowded conditions in the Lucas County Jail. He will schedule a pretrial appearance for the activists in the near future.

Markey signs pledge to vote against supplemental appropriation

Eastern Massachusetts Occupation Project

February 22, 2007

MEDFORD –– Local members of the Smedley D. Butler Brigade Chapter 9 of Veterans For Peace ended their occupation of Rep. Edward J. Markey’s office in Medford Square after two days, when Congressman Markey signed a pledge to vote against the $100 billion supplemental appropriation for Iraq coming before Congress.

Rep. Markey's SignatureRep. Markey’s Signature

Protesters stage sit-in at Kaptur's local office

Feb 22 2007
By ERICA BLAKE
Toledo Blade

About a dozen members of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition sat for hours in the waiting area of U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s Toledo office yesterday to send the message that the only way to stop the Iraq war is to cut its funding.

The sit-in, which began about 9:30 a.m., was expected to last through the night. Several group members said they would rather face arrest than leave the office without a commitment from Miss Kaptur (D., Toledo).

Occupation Project Week Three: Roundup of National Nonviolent Actions

February 22, 2007

Nonviolent activists across the United States have entered offices of Senate and Congressional representatives to “assemble peaceably,” seeking assurance that the elected officials will vote against President Bush’s proposed $93 billion dollar supplemental spending bill that would fund ongoing war in Iraq.

Iraq war protesters target Democrats

Feb. 21 2007
By Jo Mannies
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Political Correspondent

For the past three weeks, waves of anti-war protests, sit-ins and arrests have become almost routine for Rep. Russ Carnahan’s district office in Brentwood.

And the local band of activists behind the disturbances is just getting warmed up. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., appears to be their next target — on Tuesday, the group launched a sit-in at her downtown office. Four were arrested, released and fined $75 apiece.

The demonstrations are part of a national eight-week campaign, called The Occupation Project-, that has been organized by a coalition of anti-war groups out to cut off funding for the Iraq war.

But instead of picketing officials who support the war, the protesters primarily are targeting Democratic members of Congress seen as most sympathetic to their cause.

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