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 Occupation Project Update: Continuing the Struggle to End Iraq War Funding

March 13, 2007

Since February 5, over 160 arrests have occurred during the Occupation Project campaign. As we write this email and prepare to send it out, we are aware of at least four office occupations in which people are risking arrest. While the Occupation Project campaign was initially conceived of as an eight week campaign, we are extending the campaign into April, with a 21 day liquids only fast scheduled to occur (with some on water only and some on juice and water) and a day of nationally coordinated civil disobedience actions on April 16-Tax Day and the day Congress returns to resume action on the supplemental spending bill (most likely by this time it will be in the form of a compromise bill being finalized between the House and the Senate versions of the bill).

Following are key dates in the campaign:

Iraq War Supplemental Passes House Appropriations Committee

March 15, 2007
1:00 p.m.

The House Appropriations Committee just passed the supplemental spending bill by a near-party line vote of 36 to 28. One Democrat voted against the bill. Representative Barbara Lee chose to not introduce her amendment which would have required the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of this year. She stated that this decision was made at the request of the Chair of the committee, Representative David Obey.

Joliet, IL -- 1 Arrested at Rep Weller's Office

March 13, 2007

Yesterday approximately fifteen of us gathered outside congressman Weller’s office in Joliet. Some of us had our signs and went to the street and got a surprisingly positive response from people who blew their horns and waved. The ones who opposed our views were few but equally demonstrative. They shouted epithets and gave us the one finger salute.

Fairbanks, AK -- 1 Arrest in Persistent Civil Disobedience

March 13

Rob Mulford got arrested at around 1:30pm today for entering barely inside the Federal Building in Fairbanks. The security officer at the building forbade Rob entry, stating that he was trespassing because he had been charged with trespass before, although Rob has not been convicted of any such crime and was not acting threatening. Rob had brought a copy of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights to show to the officers the authority that gave him a right to be on public property “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (First Amendment)

Rep Peter DeFazio -- 2 Arrests in Eugene, OR

March 13

Federal security officers arrested Peg Morton and Trudy Maloney on Monday, March 12 after they refused to leave Representative Peter DeFazio’s office. Morton and Maloney and others from the Occupation Project (www.vcnv.org) had spent the afternoon peacefully praying for DeFazio to listen to his conscience and pledge to vote against Bush’s request for supplemental funding to continue the Iraq war.

Rahm Emanuel - The Occupation Will Continue

Mar 14 2007

WE WILL RETURN to Congressman Emanuel’s office on Monday, March 19 at 3:00pm. Over the past week, congress has been playing politics with the supplemental spending bill, still in the Appropriations Committee and expected to hit the House floor the week of March 19th.

For a recap of past visits to Congressman Emanuel’s Chicago office and more about the upcoming visit:

Rep Dave Obey -- 3 Arrests at Superior, WI Office

March 14, 2007

Three arrested for trespassing in Obey’s Superior office after protest
Anna Kurth, Forum Communications Company
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Three Iraq War protesters were arrested when they refused to leave the Superior office of U.S. Rep. David Obey, D-Wausau when the office closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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