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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Before the DawnCall for a new awakening
In Baghdad, Organized Destruction"Since we opened our eyes in this life, we have only known pain."
Jury Finds Four Hancock Anti-Drone Activists Guilty of Trespass, but Acquits on All Other ChargesSentencing Will Be in the De Witt (NY) Town Court 6:30pm July 8
CNN: Columbia is first U.S. university to divest from prisonsColumbia University has become the first college in the United States to divest from private prison companies, following a student activist campaign.
Their deaths shall haunt us as long as we liveEarlier this month, a drone strike in Khost City, Afghanistan killed 34 Taliban-affiliated individuals. However, local reports from the region indicate that this strike also killed 15 civilians.
Weeding Roses in Kabulby Martha Hennessy

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.

Jailed Anti-War Activists Released After "Virtual" Court

March 20, 2007

March 20, 2007

By John LaForge, Nukewatch staff

SUPERIOR, Wisconsin ― Three anti-war activists were released from Douglas County jail Wed., March 14 after “appearing” in court on trespass charges stemming from a protest at the Superior office of U.S. Representative David Obey, D-Wisc.

John Heid, Michael Miles and Bonnie Urfer, all from the Luck, Wisc.-based Anathoth Community, were jailed overnight after they refused to leave unless Rep. Obey agreed to vote against renewed funding for the U.S. war in Iraq.

Why I’m Against the War: And Why I Go To Virgil Goode’s Office to Say So

2 more people were arrested on March 14 at the office of Rep Virgil Goode in Charlottesville, VA (bringing the total to 11 in 4 weeks).

March 20, 2007
By Sue Frankel-Streit

I am against this war for the same reasons I am against all wars—because the results of war are death, injury, loss of homes, jobs, and infrastructures, environmental destruction, misuse of resources, mental distress, and the seeds of the next war.

I am against this war in particular because it has existed in some form for over 15 years. It was started in 1991, supposedly to protect Kuwait. One of the main stories used to support the US bombing of Iraq at that time was that of the incubator babies supposedly killed by Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait, a story later proven to be a lie created by the PR firm Hill and Knowlton. The 12 years of sanctions in Iraq following the first shooting war destroyed the infrastructure there an resulted in the deaths of well over 500,000 children, a price Madeline Albright, then Secretary of State, said was “worth it”.

Portland, OR: 3 Denied Access to Senator Smith's Office and Arrested

March 16, 2007

Defund the War: Portland, Oregon

March 16, 2007, Portland, OR - Peter Bergel, Mike Glazen and Bob Projansky were all arrested for failing to leave the property at the World Trade Center. They, along with supporters, were trying to visit with Oregon Senator Smith or his Office staff.

This is a film by www.joe-anybody.com

For the journal of arrestee Peter Bergel:

Iraq-Jordan: Authorities consider imposing visas on Iraqis

March 15, 2007

AMMAN, 15 March 2007 (IRIN) - Iraqis fleeing sectarian violence in their country will soon have to get visas from the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad before arriving at the kingdom’s borders, a senior government official told IRIN.

No date has been set for the implementation of the move and it is not intended to curb the number of Iraqis entering the kingdom, said the official on condition of anonymity.

“We want to make it easier for them so they are not refused entry at the borders,” he said.

The new procedures are expected to affect at least 500 asylum seekers daily, according to officials from the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior.

The Occupation Project--six weeks in and time to step it up

March 14 2007
Pulse of the Twin Cities

More information about the Minnesota Occupation Project

As the Occupation Project rolls into week six, the vigils continue. The project is a national effort to end the Iraq War by pressuring Congress to cut off funding. Activists around the state have been holding all-day vigils every Tuesday in the offices of both Minnesota senators and seven of the eight representatives. Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison has already promised to vote against further funding.

CODEPINK Co-founder Gael Murphy and 10 Activists Arrested at the Public Appropriations Commitee Vote

Mar 15, 2007

CODEPINK Co-founder Gael Murphy and 10 other peace activists were arrested Thursday morning at 9:30 am while attempting to enter the public Appropriations Committee vote on the Supplemental Bill allocating $100 billion for the war in Iraq. CODEPINK has been lobbying hard against the passage of this bill and will hold a press conference today to respond to Ms. Murphy’s forceful arrest and today’s vote in the House Appropriations Committee. They will express their dismay that the Democrats, who were given a mandate for peace in the November election, but are allowing a bill to go to the House floor that will let the war drag on into 2008 instead of using their power of the purse to cut funds for the war.

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