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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My Five Days in “Pod A”Drone protester Bonnie Block speaks about the Juneau County Jail
"We Are a Country at War"Cathy Breen writes from Iraq
Making History and Building a Future in the Nevada DesertPeace Camp in Nevada makes history- what of the future?
When Kathy Went to Jailoriginally posted on the Palestine Chronicle
Hearing All VoicesNote from Kathy one week before her release
The Storm Is OverKathy Kelly writes on prison construction and what we aren't building

Mikulski sit-ins; Three others head back to senator's office

March 21, 2007
Capital News Service - Baltimore Messenger

WASHINGTON — Four anti-war protesters, including Kristin Sundell of Hampden, were arraigned on unlawful entry charges March 13 in District of Columbia Superior Court.

Then, three of the four — but not Sundell — headed right back to the scene of their arrests on Feb. 27, the Washington office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

For the second time in as many weeks, Stephen Lane, 66, of Bethesda; Jean Athey, 61, of Brookville, and Peter Perry, 37, of Derwood were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for failing to leave the senator’s office after its 6 p.m. closing.

St. Louis: March and Delivery of the Deed to McCaskill

"The Bill" shown at the beginning of an anti-war march in Downtown St. Louis.“The Bill” shown at the beginning of an anti-war march in Downtown St. Louis.

March 21, 2007
St. Louis Occupation Project

There is an excellent set of photographs as well as an article that can be viewed online at wikilou.com.

On Monday, March 19, a group of 200 people marched to the office of Senator Claire McCaskill to deliver a Deed for the War in Iraq. Here is an 8-minute video that shows the march through downtown Saint Louis, the arrival at the Robert A. Young Federal Building, and the negotiations that led to an agreement that six members of our delegation would take the deed and a large $100 billion bill up to the office. Once inside the office, the text of the deed was read to McCaskill’s staff.

Response to The Deed’s confiscationResponse to The Deed’s confiscation

Amman Jordan: The Border Is Now Closed

Amman, Jordan
March 20, 2007

A bad back forced me to stay at home yesterday. I was to meet a woman friend at the Iraqi embassy at 7:00am. We heard they would begin taking applications for the new “G” series passport, applications to be sent to Baghdad by courier. This friend, also in need of the new passport, telephoned me later to say that hundreds of Iraqis had shown up at the embassy. Only those with appointment cards however were allowed to enter. She needs the “G” passport as she has received a scholarship to attend a three-week Peace Building Training course which begins the end of May in Vermont. My friend returned to the embassy today as instructed, and was given an appointment for this coming Sunday. They told her that the first batch of applications will be sent to Baghdad on April 1st, and that it will take at least two months for the passports.

5 Arrested Outside the Locked Office of Senator Durbin in Chicago

March 20, 2007

By Sean Reynolds
[Voices Note: Sean Reynolds sought to expand the Conspiracy of Life that is the Occupation Project. In the days leading up to this action, Sean obtained signatures on petitions urging Senator Durbin to vote against further funding of the Iraq war and stating their support of Sean’s act of civil disobedience if Durbin would not make such a public pledge to vote “no”.]

Last week a group of us decided that today March 19th would be the day to sit down as close to Senator Dick Durbin’s office as we could get, and refuse to budge until he either agreed to vote against Bush’s $93,000,000,000 war supplemental, or else had us carted off. I arranged for 1½ days of vacation time, (a half-day for the action, a day to recuperate) telling folks I work with that I and some friends had “to go visit a friend who lives in Springfield, talk to him about a wrong decision he’s making, and I might not get back until Wednesday.”

Members of Christian Peacemaker Teams Arrested in Rep. Rahm Emanuel's Office

Fake Dead, Blood Make Argument Against War

By Josh Noel, Tribune staff reporter; Andrew Schroedter and The Associated Press contributed to this report

Chicago Tribune

March 20, 2007

Shortly after the third and final protester against the Iraq war fell to the floor at Rep. Rahm Emanuel’s storefront office Monday afternoon, a group of schoolchildren walked by.

Charlottesville, VA: March 14th Arrest of 2 in Virgil Goode's office

March 20, 2007

Two more folks were arrested in Virgil Goode’s office this past Wednesday, bringing our total to 11; 2-3 a week for four weeks. So far all of us have court on April 6th—“Goode Friday”.

For a letter sent to the local Charlottesville paper:

Mar. 20 - St. Louis: 24-Hour Vigil Marks 4th Anniversary

March 19, 2007

A 24-hour vigil was held in Kauffman Park in Downtown Saint Louis from noon on Sunday until noon on Monday, March 19, to mark the 4th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

At noon marchers delivered a large $100 billion bill and deed for the war to the office of Senator Claire McCaskill.

Close to 200 people marched through the streets of downtown Saint Louis from noon until 1:00 today, ultimately arriving at the office of Senator Claire McCaskill in the Robert A. Young Federal Building. Groups formed at both of the front entrances, one with the Deed for the War and one with the 100 Billion Dollar Bill and held their position until negotiations with building security, Saint Louis Police and the Senator’s aide led the an agreement that six members of the group could deliver the two items to the senator’s 8th floor office.

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