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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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Peter DeMott's Sentencing Statement

January 25, 2006

(VCNV Note: Peter DeMott is one of the St. Patricks Four who poured blood in a recruiting station in Ithaca, NY on March 17, 2003 to nonviolently resist the impending U.S. invasion of Iraq. Peter was sentenced to 4 months in prison followed by 4 months in a federal halfway house. Peter traveled to Iraq in November-December 2003 with Christian Peacemaker Teams).

I would like to begin my remarks by observing a moment of silence to honor the dead of the war in Iraq, the 2300 or so United States military and coalition personnel who have died as well as the tens of thousands of Iraqis who have been slaughtered, ninety percent of them civilians, thirty or so percent of that number innocent children.

Mother and Activist, Clare Grady, Sentenced in Federal Court

by Katie Quinn-Jacobs, January 25, 2006
(VCNV note: Clare Grady is one of the St. Patrick’s Four who poured blood in a recruiting station in Ithaca, NY on March 17, 2003 to resist the impending U.S. invasion of Iraq.)

“As a mother who knows the preciousness of children, not just mine - but all children - I want the court to understand that before we walked into the recruiting station [March 17, 2003] a million people had already died in Iraq from U.S. imposed sanctions, half of them children,” said Clare Grady as she testified at her sentencing today in Binghamton federal court.

Grady was sentenced to six months of federal prison and ordered to pay her share of restitution for participating in a symbolic act of non-violent resistance at a military recruiting station outside Ithaca, NY on the eve of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Countering War with Works of Mercy: Liberation and Deliverance

January 24, 2006

Barely a week goes by when I don’t think about the nuns who were so much a part of my childhood.

I grew up in a working class neighborhood on the Southwest side of Chicago where most families identified closely with the nearest Catholic parish. Ours, St. Daniel the Prophet, was centered in the standard church, school, convent, and rectory buildings. The convent was home for several dozen religious women sent to us by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Father Mulligan, the pastor, said Mass, heard confessions and paid attention to the Sunday envelope collection, but essentially the nuns ran the parish. They taught our classes, directed the choirs, organized church events, and supervised parish functions. We’d never heard of feminism, but we certainly knew that the nuns were in charge.

St. Patrick's Four Sentences Imposed

Daniel Burns Sentenced in Federal Court
by Katie Quinn-Jacobs, January 23, 2006

(VCNV Note: For more information visit the St. Patrick’s Four website. Please contribute to the Family Support Fund to assist their families as these four carry their witness into the prison system, a witness of resistance made in behalf of all of us. Clare Grady, Theresa Grady and Peter DeMott will be sentenced on separate days this week.)

Daniel Burns, 44, was sentenced to six months of federal prison in Binghamton federal court today by Judge Thomas J. McAvoy for each of his misdemeanor convictions last fall. The two six month terms are to be served concurrently. Burns was also fined $250 for a contempt of court charge and was ordered to pay his share of the $958 restitution for damages imposed by the court.

Burns is one of the four non-violent peace activists known as the St. Patrick’s Four. The convictions stem from Burns’ participation in a non-violent protest at a military recruiting station outside of Ithaca, NY on March 17th, 2003 , where the four carefully poured their own blood on the posters, flag and walls of the recruiting station. Burns was the first of the St. Patrick’s Four to appear this week for sentencing in Binghamton, NY. Peter DeMott, Clare Grady and Teresa Grady will also be sentenced individually this week.

All For One: The St. Patrick's Four

By: Jake McNamara
Ithaca Times, January 11, 2006
(Note: Please visit the website of the St. Patrick’s Four for more information)

On the night of March 12, 2003, a meeting at Catholic Charities on Buffalo Street pulsated with anxiety over the seemingly immanent invasion of Iraq. There, Ithacan Daniel Burns suggested pouring blood at nearby Lansing’s military recruitment center, an action that has commonly taken place in protests outside the White House, the Pentagon and other major government sites. Many agreed it was a good idea; fellow Ithacans Peter DeMott and sisters Clare and Teresa Grady agreed to join Burns.

14 Aero protesters found guilty

January 6, 2006

Judge gives jail time to protesters of Aero Contractors in Smithfield — unless they pay fines and serve probation

The News & Observer
Peggy Lim, Staff Writer

A District Court judge convicted 14 defendants of trespassing Thursday in connection with a November anti-torture protest at Aero Contractors Ltd. in Smithfield.

The protesters pleaded not guilty, but admitted during their joint trial that they had intentionally trespassed onto the premises of Aero Contractors at the Johnston County Airport on the morning of Nov. 18. They argued, however, that their crime was justified as an act of civil disobedience.

Press Release: Citizens Group Exposes Aero Contractors

For Immediate Release
January 4, 2006

Contact:
Andrew Wimmer 314-249-7890
Louise Lears 314-558-1197

CITIZENS GROUP EXPOSES AERO CONTRACTORS
Trial Thursday in Johnston County, NC
Further Investigation of “Torture Taxi” Operation

A group of citizens from Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina will come together to take part in a number of actions this week in North Carolina to continue their efforts to expose the “torture taxi” operations of Aero Contractors. They will call on Michael F. Easley, the Governor of North Carolina, to take action to shut down the company’s illegal activities at two North Carolina locations.

On November 18, 2005, the group, Stop Torture Now served a peoples’ indictment to Aero Contractors, charging them with multiple counts of violation of U.S. and international laws and treaties banning torture by providing pilots and planes for the CIA’s program of “extraordinary rendition.”