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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The Unspeakable in AfghanistanPatrick Kennelly writes from Kabul
Drones and Discrimination: Kick the HabitKathy Kelly sees opportunity on being sentenced to 3 months in prison
Missouri Judge Convicts and Sentences Two Peace Activists for Protesting Drone Warfareat Whiteman Air Force Base
Spending Time with People Trapped and Impoverished by Endless War Abroad and at HomeKathy Kelly Interviewed on NPR Worldview
Drones on Trialat Federal Court in Jefferson City Dec. 10
Hancock Drone Resister Jack Gilroy RELEASEDfrom Jamesville Correctional Facility

Not So Silent Night -- 5 Arrested at Rep Mark Kirk's Office in Illinois

By Siobhan Kolar
March 7, 2007

Tonight inside Suite 350 at 707 Skokie Boulevard there was not silence but song, prayer and chanting of names of those killed, American and Iraqi, in the last four years of the American occupation of Iraq. Representative Mark Kirk’s office in Northbrook was being occupied by the Engage Nonviolence Affinity group. Those risking arrest tonight included Dave and Barb Corcoran, Dave Martin, Bettina Perillo and John (Jack) Wentland. A staff member stayed with the group until around 9:45 pm, when they were forcibly removed, handcuffed and arrested. Dave C, Dave M and Bettina refused to provide their names to the police and were taken to the Northbrook police station for processing. A staff member at Representative Kirk’s office contacted the Northbrook police and, when he provided the names to the police all three were released. Barb and Jack provided their names to police at the office location and were released from there. All five have a court date of April 23 at 9 a.m.

Michigan-Traverse Area Peace Alerts: Anti-War Presence at Congressional Offices

March 5, 2007

Traverse Area Peace Alerts

Nearly 20 people went to Sen. Levin and Rep. Camp’s offices today in Traverse City. Later in the day a smaller group went to Sen. Stabenow office. We asked for replies to our February 21st No More Funds for War and Bring the Troops Home NOW letter.

Picking up the Pieces

Mar 7, 2007
Amman, Jordan

After a brief visit to the Iraq embassy this morning, I made my way by foot to the old city district. Two Iraqi friends walking behind me were deep in conversation. I was looking downward as the sidewalk was uneven when I spied two discarded jigsaw puzzle pieces. For some reason I was tempted to pick one up. The image seemed appropriate, so many puzzle pieces we struggle to connect.

The new “G” passport that is now being required from all Iraqis is a piece of the puzzle. A piece that is adding to their misery and despair. At least 90 Shiite pilgrims en route to the holy shrine in Kerbala were killed today when two people walking in their midst blew themselves up. Other bombs brought the death toll to over 120. The day before a car bomb killed 30 in the historical book market section of Baghdad, an area I visited on more than one occasion lingering over books that spoke of Iraq’s intellectual wealth. Now “pieces of flesh and remains of books were scattered everywhere” said one witness at the scene.

Tenacity trumps drama on front line of protest

March 6, 2007

By Diane Carman
Denver Post

Janet Roberts smiled as the cop handcuffed her Monday afternoon. In the earnest logic of the Occupation Project, arrest was nothing short of victory.

Roberts’ teenage son had teased her when she kissed him goodbye that morning. Theirs was just a typical American family, he joked, with Dad going to the office and Mom going to jail.

2 Arrested at Rep Peter Defazio's Office in Oregon

March 5, 2007

March 5, 2007

On March 5, two people were arrested at Representative Peter Defazio’s office in Eugene, Oregon. They and solidarity people maintained a vigil at the office throughout the day. Two people chose to remain when the office was closed at the end of the business day and were arrested by federal law enforcement.

4 arrests at Represenative Obey's Wausau, WI office

Updated Mar 6 2007

Ron, Joy, Erin and Jeff at Rep. Obey's Wausau, WI OfficeRon, Joy, Erin and Jeff at Rep. Obey’s Wausau, WI Office

Joy First, Erin Cox, Ron Durham, and Jeff Leys, participants with the Occupation Project were arrested shortly after the Wausau, WI office of Rep. David Obey closed today at 5pm. Representative Obey is the Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations. It is anticipated that the Committee on Appropriations will vote on the emergency supplemental appropriations bill sometime this week or next week.

3 Arrests Made at Senator Grassley's Iowa Office

March 6 2007
Updated 5:00 PM CST

Three arrested in Grassley office occupation
From the Des Moines Register:

Three Iowa peace activists participating in a national campaign of sustained civil disobedience Monday were arrested when they refused to leave the office of Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, Des Moines police said.

Lindsay Ayling, 19, and Brian Perbix, 20, Grinnell College students, and Chris Gaunt of Grinnell had delivered a 350-signature petition that urged the senator to stop the funding for the war in Iraq. They hoped to elicit a pledge from Grassley that he would vote against President Bush’s $93 billion war appropriation request.

The three members of the Occupation Project, a national civil disobedience campaign, were charged with trespassing. They were held overnight in the Polk County Jail and will be arraigned today.

The following is the press release from March 5th:

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