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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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NDE to Serve Creech AFB with War Crimes IndictmentPress Release from Nevada Desert Experience
We Don't Want You to Swim in the RiverKindness and Solidarity Can Occur Among the Dispossessed
A Rising Number of Children Are Dying from U.S. Explosives Littering Afghan Land"The boys’ families were accustomed to the thundering explosions from military training exercises, which sometimes shattered windows in their village."
#NotABugSplat: Art Installation in Pakistan Puts a Face on Drone VictimsFeatured in Reason Magazine
Talks, Tears Highlight Rally Against DronesWhiteman Air Force Base April 7
Voting with Their FeetIn Afghanistan, Dr. Hakim and the Afghan Peace Volunteers Plant Trees not Bombs

Arts and Discussions about Torture and Guantanamo Bay

Jan 11 2014 - 6:30pm
Jan 11 2014 - 8:30pm

An Evening to Discuss and Dissent!
Doors open at 6:30 for art exhibit, videos
Program begins at 7 PM

We will begin the evening with visual art projects related to the movement to close Guantanamo Bay Prison (more details to come soon!).

At 7:00 pm, join a discussion with 3 panelist on the current legal and political situation at Guantanamo Bay, followed by Q&A: Candace Gorman, U.S. attorney for 2 men detained at Guantanamo (one has been released, the other remains in prison); Mario Venegas, activist and torture survivor from Chile; and Dr. Antonio Martinez from the Institute for Survivors of Torture and Human Rights Abuses and co-founder of the Marjorie Kovler Center here in Chicago.

On Facebook, please join this event, and invite friends.

Grace Place
637 S Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
See map: Google Maps

Close Guantanamo Vigil and Procession

Jan 10 2014 - 4:30pm

12 Years Too Many!

Gather at the Federal Courthouse in Chicago (Dearborn & Jackson) on the 13th Anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay Prison to demand an end to indefinite detention and the closure of this torture camp. We invite you to wear an orange jumpsuit and black hood (provided) and hold a sign to protest “12 years too many!” We will read the names of the 164 men detained indefinitely in Guantanamo and distribute fliers. Our witness is more powerful with you!

On Facebook, join our event

Federal Plaza
230 S Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60604
See map: Google Maps

APVs Launch Avaaz Petition

Salam! We are the Afghan Peace Volunteers, a nonviolent multi-ethnic community working for peace in our war-stricken country. We wish to hear 2 Million Voices breaking the silence of the 2 Million loved ones Afghans have lost to war.

Zukoom, middle, killed in a suicide bombingZukoom, middle, killed in a suicide bombing

Every morning in Kabul, like yourselves, we wake up to the same old noise. The same old rich getting louder and the poor remaining unfed and unheard. The same old firing of weapons and use of brute force to defend thieves and warlords, both local and foreign. The same old suffocating of Mother Earth, as her desertified land fills with trash and grey fumes. We the people of Afghanistan, like yourselves all over the world, are hurting.

Because we find hope and healing in friendship, we’d like to hear 2 Million of your Voices remembering our 2 Million loved ones lost to wars.

Sign the petition.

Open Our Eyes

By: Hakim & Sherif

Sherif and I in Cairo, 2006Sherif and I in Cairo, 2006

While catching up with one another over the challenges facing ordinary Afghans and Egyptians, Sherif Sameer and I talked about how ‘opening our eyes’ could go a long way to building a better world. We decided to co-write this piece, from Ismailia, Egypt and Kabul, Afghanistan.

At least 13 Afghan Civilians Were Killed

by Hakim (Dr. Teck Young Wee, mentor for the Afghan Peace Volunteers)

The Two Became UsThe Two Became Us

The daily struggles of ordinary people against elite-driven injustices hovered in the mud-walled room, like a scent.

I was swept up by voices both personal and familial.

War had not become less cruel with time…

Arctic 30: Freeing our old ideas of relationships!

by Hakim (Dr. Teck Young Wee) mentor for the Afghan Peace Volunteers

November 28, 2013

Writing from Afghanistan, recently ranked by Australia’s University of Queensland as the most ‘depressed’ county in the world, I understand that the ideas and experiences of happiness are varied and elusive.

Even in one of the poorest countries of the world, where 84 percent of households are multi-dimensionally poor, T.V. adverts and consumer culture persuade us that an i-phone is more valuable than a tree.

War and Enlightenment in Afghanistan

November 20, 2013

Gul Jumma, originally from Helmand, who fled from the war there after her father was killed in a NATO air raid. She goes to a  tent-school run by Aschiana in an IDP camp in Kabul. Gul Jumma, originally from Helmand, who fled from the war there after her father was killed in a NATO air raid. She goes to a tent-school run by Aschiana in an IDP camp in Kabul.

I’ve been a guest in Colorado Springs, Colorado, following a weeklong retreat with Colorado College students who are part of a course focused on nonviolence. In last weekend’s Colorado Springs Gazette, there was an article in the Military Life section about an international skype phone call between U.S. soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan and sixth grade girls at a private school in Maryland. (“Carson Soldiers Chat With Friends” November 17, 2013 F4) Soldiers from Fort Carson’s Company C Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division had been receiving care packages and hand-written letters from sixth grade girls at a private school in Brooklandville, MD. The project led to a late October video chat session which allowed the soldiers and students to converse.

I read in the article that one of the U.S. soldiers in Kandahar assured the girls in Maryland that girls in Afghanistan now have better access to education than they did before the U.S. troops arrived. He also mentioned that women have more rights than before. On November 21st, I’ll participate in a somewhat similar skype call, focused not on soldiers in Afghanistan but on the voices of young Afghans. On the 21st of every month, through Global Days of Listening, several friends in the U.S. arrange a call between youngsters in Afghanistan and concerned people calling or simply listening in from countries around the world. I long to hear the optimism expressed by the Fort Carson soldier reflected in the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ words. But our young friends in Afghanistan express regret that their families struggle so hard, facing bleak futures in a country racked and ruined by war.

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