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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 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.

Congressman Lacy Clay Makes Public Statement Opposing New War Funds

Feb 21 2007
The Occupation Project in Saint Louis

This report from Megan Heeney:

Congressman Lacy Clay spoke to students tonight, Tuesday February 20th, at St. Louis University. During the question and answer session the subject of war funding was addressed. He was asked once whether he would speak against continued funding of the war and he sort of answered but basically came back to the point that he voted against a surge of troops and what we are doing in Iraq has been and continues to be wrong. Then he was asked by a student, JP Murray, if he would make a public statement saying that he will vote against additional war funding. Congressman Lacy Clay hesitated and then said he wished the press was there and that he would make a statement, He said he would continue to vote against escalation of troops and “against additional funding.” Great news! He was very personable with our group afterwards and we thanked him for what he was doing in Congress and for the stance he was taking against additional funding.

At the Robert A. Young Federal Building on Wednesday (edited Thursday, Feb 22)

Feb 21 2007
The Occupation Project in Saint Louis

At the Robert A. Young Federal Building on Wednesday (edited, Thursday, Feb 22)

In an attempt to report this as accurately as possible, this is yet another revised version that has been submitted by those who took part in the action. Thanks!

On Wednesday, February 21, four members of the Atonement Affinity Group attempted to visit Senator McCaskill’s office in the Robert A. Young Federal Building at 1:50. As they approached the metal detector in the lobby, they were stopped, told to wait for special federal security officials, and then told that they would not be allowed into the building because the stated destination of McCaskill’s office was locked up for the day, with no one in it. Just minutes earlier, however, two others had gone up to McCaskill’s office and saw that there were staff members present and the office was open. The security officers in the lobby said they were just following orders and the information their commanders gave, despite the inconsistency. The normal procedure in the building is for visitors to pass through the metal detector and to proceed without being asked their destination.

After getting on the cell phone with McCaskill’s DC office and being given some hope for a 4:00 meeting, the group mentioned this to security and decided to go back outside and join others who were holding banners. At one point they were told by St. Louis City police that they would be arrested if they attempted to re-enter the building.

After confirming with the DC office shortly before 4:00 that the St. Louis office was open, the group then decided to re-enter the building. They were stopped at the security station and told that they were not allowed to enter the building. The security officers refused to listen to anything about the DC office’s confirmation of receiving the group around 4:00. Ultimately, two members of the group, Suzanne Renard and Jean Durel, were detained 45 minutes and issued $125 citations for “failure to comply with the directions of a federal police officer.”

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