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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Nukes, Coups and Referenda: Myth and Reality in the Ukraine CrisisAn Analysis of Ukraine: Western Hypocrisy, the Role (Not) Played by Nuclear Weapons, Claims of a Fascist Coup, the Referendum in Crimea, and the Path Away from War
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#NotABugSplat: Art Installation in Pakistan Puts a Face on Drone VictimsFeatured in Reason Magazine

CodePink and Other Peace Groups Strongly Condemn Killing of 15 Civilians from the US Drone Strike in Yemen Yesterday

Washington, DC–– CODEPINK and a coalition of peace groups and individuals from across the US unequivocally condemn the killing of 15 innocent civilians –– all part of a wedding convoy–– by a US drone in Yemen yesterday. The groups call on President Obama to apologize to the families and pledge to immediately put an end to these strikes that have led to the death of so many noncombatants. CODEPINK has long criticized the Obama administration’s drone policy as being contrary to international law, immoral, and ineffective in combating terrorism.

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
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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.

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