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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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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

Justice for Rasmea Odeh

by Nadine Naber

This past winter, I was privileged to participate in several events in Chicago organized by Rasmea Yousef Odeh, associate director of the Arab American Action Network and leader of that group’s Arab Women’s Committee… One event I attended was a celebration of International Women’s Day, at which immigrant women performed a play that Rasmea Odeh had written. The play focused on several generations of women in an extended Arab immigrant family who grappled with gender-related struggles both in the family and in American society with recourse to their loving but often tense connections with one another. The audience was engrossed, laughing and commenting throughout the performance, perhaps because they rarely see their own life struggles thus affirmed in America. Rarely, in fact, do they see humane, nuanced representations of Arab women’s lives at all.

The Life of Brian

by Leroy Seat

Brian TerrellBrian Terrell

“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group known as Monty Python…

This article, though, is about the life of a different Brian, one much closer to (my) home than Great Britain. In fact, the man about whom I am writing lives only 15 miles from my home town in northwest Missouri.

Anti-Guantánamo Activists Praise Bergdahl-Guantánamo Prisoner Exchange

New York City — Activists from Witness Against Torture support the release of five men from Guantánamo to monitored residence in Qatar in exchange for the American POW Bowe Bergdahl. While freeing an American captive, the exchange advances the important goals of closing Guantánamo and helping Afghanistan achieve peace after the planned withdrawal of most US forces. The US must now expedite the release of the 78 detained men already cleared for transfer, plan for the transfer of others, and find a just resolution to the fate of all the men held at Guantánamo.

Drone Lobby Ready to Compromise Public Safety For Future Profits

based on an interview of Ed Kinane by RIA NOVOSTI

“The multi-billion dollar drone industry promises to be very lucrative and its lobbyists are busy influencing our congressional representatives to pass legislation favorable to their greedy interests. There is an influential drone caucus in Congress. Small and cheap drones are already available online and in retail outlets,” Kinane said.

Anti-War Groups Demonstrate Against Drones in Battle Creek.

by John McNeill of WTAQ/WKZO

BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) — A protest that began a week ago at Boeing Headquarters near Chicago, ended Saturday at the Air National Guard Base at Fort Custer.

The demonstrators want the U.S. to stop using remotely controlled aircraft to carry out military missions around the world.

Members of the group walked from Illinois to Michigan over the past week. One of the future missions at the base in Battle Creek will be to remotely pilot the un-manned aircraft in hot-spots around the world.

Group Marches from Chicago to Battle Creek to Protest Drones

Protestors are drawing attention in front of the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek, trying to prevent the 110th Airlift Wing’s plans to become part of a future drone mission.

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Military Drones to Be Protested in Battle Creek Saturday

Battle Creek ANGB has been part of the U.S. Air Force’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) MQ9 Reaper Mission since 2013.

Just this week, a pair of U.S. drone attacks killed sixteen people in Pakistan. It’s the first attacks this year.

Brian Terrell is with Voices for Creative Nonviolence. He says the drone program is being abused.

“This is actually not even an instrument of war any more in the way it’s being used,’ says Terrell, “It’s global…but it’s also a very local issue.”

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