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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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recent additions at a glance

Life Goes On Under the Helicopters and the Terrible Cost of Avoiding the Dangers of Kabula visit to Kabul's Street Kids School and reflection on refugee crisis
Henoko takes on U.S. ImperialismVoices UK's Maya Evans writes from the protests in Okinawa
To Find a Happy DayThe wave of refugees trying to find safety in European countries continues unabated.
Killing Blindon the U.S. bombing of a hospital in Kunduz
Learn Your Lessons Well: An Afghan teenager makes up his mindReport from the Street Kids School in Kabul, Afghanistan
The U.S. Ought to Un-Swivel Its China PivotSeventy years after occupying Japan in 1945, it is time for the United States to vacate its overseas bases

"Do not do what you hate," Excerpts from Tom Fox's Iraq Blog (Part 1)

Editors, Electronic Iraq, 11 March 2006

Tom Fox, age 54, lived in Clearbrook, Virginia and was a dedicated father of two children. For the past two years, Mr. Fox worked with CPT in partnership with Iraqi human rights organizations to promote peace. Mr. Fox was a practicing Quaker for 22 years. While in Iraq, he sought a more complete understanding of Islamic cultural richness and was committed to telling the truth to U.S. citizens about the horrors of war and its effects on ordinary Iraqi civilians and families as a result of U.S. policies and practices. Mr. Fox was an accomplished musician who played the bass clarinet and the recorder and he loved to cook. He also worked as a professional grocer. Mr. Fox devoted much of his time to working with children. He served as an adult leader of youth programs and worked at a Quaker camp for youth. He facilitated young people’s participation in opposing war and violence. Mr. Fox was a quiet and peaceful man, respectful of everyone, who believed that "there is that of God in every person" which is why work for peace was so important to him.

March 10th, 2005, after more than three months as a hostage in Iraq, his body was found by police in a Baghdad neighborhood.

Press Release: Antiwar Activists Detained At House Appropriations Committee Hearing

March 9, 2006

Two activists were arrested last evening at the House Appropriations Committee hearing. Mike Ferner and Ed Kinane of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, interrupted the hearing to call for an end to funding of the war against Iraq. The Committee was considering, and subsequently approved, an additional $67 billion in supplemental funding for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ferner and Kinane were released early this morning on charges of disrupting a Congressional committee hearing.

Flowers of Evil, Flowers of Peace

February 2006

by George Capaccio

Can you truly understand what it feels like to watch in the darkness as your husband, loaded with weapons, chemical antidotes and somber anticipation, boards a bus to an airfield where he will board a plane that will take him to war? For those of you who have never been there – please don’t say you understand. You never will.

Monica Benderman wrote these words about her husband Kevin who served one tour of duty in Iraq before declaring himself a conscientious objector. Sgt. Benderman is now serving a 15-month sentence at the Ft. Lewis, WA stockade for seeking CO status and refusing to return to Iraq. As I read Monica’s account of watching her husband board a military bus, I remembered what it was like for me each time I got ready to go to Iraq. I remembered what I carried and how I felt when the plane finally lifted and I knew I was on my way. Mostly I felt elated, so elated I would spend hour after hour not reading or watching in flight movies but rather taking great pleasure in imagining what lay ahead. Unlike Sgt. Benderman, I wasn’t going to war. I was returning to a land and a people I had come to honor, to cherish, and to love. More importantly, I was returning to my family—not my family of origin but to a web of relationships of which I had become an integral part. And I knew, the way Sgt. Benderman and every other American soldier could never know, that when I arrived in Baghdad I would be truly welcomed as a friend, as a brother, as part of the family.

15 Arrested At White House Protesting U.S. Torture Practices

Mike Ferner
2 March 2006

Washington – Fifteen people were arrested yesterday in front of the White House after winding their way for two hours through the streets of the nation’s capital, demanding the U.S. stop torturing detainees in military prisons.

Seven Arrested At White House Protest Against Iraq War

By Mike Ferner
February 28, 2006

Washington – Holding a banner that read, “GOD FORGIVE AMERICA,” seven peace activists were arrested yesterday in front of the White House, in a civil disobedience protest against the war in Iraq.

Contact Members of the House Appropriations Committee

February 27, 2006

Now is the time to contact the members of the House Appropriations Committee to urge them to vote against the supplemental spending bill which would provide approximately $65 billion in additional funding to wage the war against Iraq.

There Are Lives in the Balance

February 22, 2006 Washington – 2/22/06. Today is day eight of our 34-day fast for peace at the U.S. Capitol, the Washington component of the Winter of Our Discontent campaign organized by Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

The four of us in D.C., Maureen Foltz, Jeff Leys, Ed Kinane, and I are doing a liquids-only fast. Maureen and Ed are drinking juice; Jeff and I are trying the water route. So far, everyone reports they’re in good shape and not feeling any serious side effects.