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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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Pushing UpClimate change and war: a perfect storm. Kathy Kelly on the task of putting all hands on deck.
Shut Down Creech Arrestees return to Las Vegas for ArraignmentAn incredible day in court for SHUT DOWN CREECH activists!
Before the DawnKathy meditates on U.S.-imprisoned author Mohammedou Slahi and the lessons of a voluntary fast.
In Baghdad, Organized Destruction"Since we opened our eyes in this life, we have only known pain."
Jury Finds Four Hancock Anti-Drone Activists Guilty of Trespass, but Acquits on All Other ChargesSentencing Will Be in the De Witt (NY) Town Court 6:30pm July 8
CNN: Columbia is first U.S. university to divest from prisonsColumbia University has become the first college in the United States to divest from private prison companies, following a student activist campaign.

Street Kids Update

by Maya Evans

Tutoring program for street kids: photo by Maya EvansTutoring program for street kids: photo by Maya Evans

…the last year at the border free centre is her first experience of education; she says learning is important to her, and when she’s older she’d like to become a teacher and help people. I want to know more about Gul Jamma, but can sense a deep sadness which I feel is not my place to disturb. I ask her about toys, her only doll. She says her doll has black hair and wears a scarf but doesn’t help with housework…

The Unspeakable in Afghanistan

by Patrick Kennelly

2014 marks the deadliest year in Afghanistan for civilians, fighters, and foreigners. The situation has reached a new low as the myth of the Afghan state continues. Thirteen years into America’s longest war, the international community argues that Afghanistan is growing stronger, despite nearly all indicators suggesting otherwise. Most recently, the central government failed (again) to conduct fair and organized elections or demonstrate their sovereignty. Instead, John Kerry flew into the country and arranged new national leadership. The cameras rolled and a unity government was declared. Foreign leaders meeting in London decided on new aid packages and financing for the nascent ‘unity government.’ Within days, the United Nations helped broker a deal to keep foreign forces in the country, while simultaneously President Obama declared the war was ending—even as he increased the number of troops on the ground. In Afghanistan, President Ghani dissolved the cabinet and many people are speculating the 2015 parliamentary elections will be postponed.

Drones and Discrimination: Kick the Habit

On December 10, International Human Rights Day, federal Magistrate Matt Whitworth sentenced me to three months in prison for having crossed the line at a military base that wages drone warfare. The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people, abroad, will be an opportunity to speak with people trapped by prisons and impoverishment here in the U.S.

Missouri Judge Convicts and Sentences Two Peace Activists

Jefferson City, MO— On December 10, a federal magistrate found Georgia Walker, of Kansas City, MO and Chicagoan Kathy Kelly guilty of criminal trespass to a military installation as a result of their June 1 effort to deliver a loaf of bread and a citizens’ indictment of drone warfare to authorities at Whiteman AFB. Judge Matt Whitworth sentenced Kelly to three months in prison and Walker to one year of supervised probation.

In testimony, Kelly, who recently returned from Afghanistan, recounted her conversation with an Afghan mother whose son, a recent police academy graduate, was killed by a drone as he sat with colleagues in a garden. “I’m educated and humbled by experiences talking with people who’ve been trapped and impoverished by U.S. warfare,” said Kelly. “The U.S. prison system also traps and impoverishes people. In coming months, I’ll surely learn more about who goes to prison and why.”

Drones on Trial

For immediate release: Dec. 5, 2014

‘Drones on Trial’ at federal court in Jefferson City Dec. 10

On International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, two peace activists, charged with criminal trespass, will be tried in Jefferson City, Mo. The charge is based on an action at Whiteman Air Force Base last June 1st protesting U.S. use of weaponized drones which are remotely piloted from the base. The trial testimony is expected to reflect a Nov. 24, 2014, report that for every intended target of a U.S. drone strike, 28 unidentified persons are also killed. Drones change the nature of warfare, turning whole regions into battlefields where merely suspected militants, often uninvolved in combat, are identified and executed, without trial, from obscuring distances and with no chance to surrender.

Kathy Kelly, left, and Georgia Walker on June 1 offer Whiteman AFB guards “the bread of peace” and an indictment of all U.S. drone warfare. The guards took the bread, not the indictment, and took Kelly and Walker into custody for about an hour.Kathy Kelly, left, and Georgia Walker on June 1 offer Whiteman AFB guards “the bread of peace” and an indictment of all U.S. drone warfare. The guards took the bread, not the indictment, and took Kelly and Walker into custody for about an hour.

Hancock Drone Resister Jack Gilroy RELEASED

Jack Gilroy, 79, of Endwell, NY, was released from Jamesville Correctional Facility on November 28. Gilroy, a former high school teacher and long-time peace and justice activist, was convicted in the Town of DeWitt Court this past July.

Gilroy was sentenced to three months by Judge Robert Jokl after Gilroy and 30 others did a “die-in” outside the main gate of the 174th Attack Wing of the NYS Air National Guard at Hancock Air Base just outside Syracuse.

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