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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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Normal

by Sheila Provencher
21 November 2005
Christian Peacemaker Teams

I saw a headline on the Internet the other day. It read, “Iraqis seek normalcy in the midst of chaos.” I did not read the article, but I guessed that it might describe some of the ordinary activities of an Iraqi day – going to and from work, shopping for groceries, playing with one’s children, watching T.V. All of these “normal” things, in the midst of war and chaos.

But the truth is, chaos IS normal in Iraq, and people live with it as best as they can. Here are some examples of what has become “normal” in Baghdad:

14 Arrested in Action to End C.I.A. Torture Flights

November 19, 2005

14 social justice activists were arrested on Friday, November 18 aftering entering the property of Aero Contractors near Smithfield, N.C. They sought to deliver an indictment to Aero regarding its violation of international law. Aero Contractors has provided planes and pilots for the C.I.A.’s program of “extraordinary rendition”—a program which flies terror suspects to locations at which they will likely be tortured.

Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, was one of those arrested and charged with trespassing. Others arrested include 8 social justice activists from in and around Johnston County, NC in which the action occured and 5 are from Stop Torture Now and the Center for Theology and Social Justice Analysis in St. Louis. All were released Saturday on $500 bond.

14 held after airport protest (Local News Coverage from the Raleigh News & Observer)

C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights (New York Times, May 31, 2005)

Indictment Issued Against Aero Contractors

Stop Torture Now, organizers of the action

Center for Theology & Social Analysis

CIA’s “Torture Taxi” in the Spotlight, by Mike Ferner

Peace Activist Imprisoned

December 2005

Press Release Contact: Maya Evans 07973 484 202 For more info and picture see www.j-n-v.org

Peace Activist Imprisoned

Peace activist Milan Rai was imprisoned for 28 days last Wednesday at Hastings Magistrates Court after refusing to pay a fine of £2135 for defacing the British Foreign.

Rai Sprayed the British Foreign Office with fake blood and stencilled ‘Blackwatch out’ and ‘Don’t attack Fallujah’ before the US/UK onslought of the Iraqi city of November last year.

Falluja: One Year Later

by Doug Pritchard, Christian Peacemaker Teams Nov. 12, 2005

Christian Peacemaker Teams visited the city of Falluja again on Nov. 8th. This day marked the first anniversary of a major U.S. assault on the city. In that attack, the largely Sunni population of 300,000 was expelled, its industrial base and services destroyed, and one- third of its homes were flattened. What has happened since?

For Whom They Toll

October 26, 2005

Today, in cities and towns throughout the U.S. and beyond, activists will gather to grieve and protest the carnage wrought by the unlawful and immoral war in Iraq. Thousands will gather to commemorate the 2,000 lives of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and call upon U.S. people to stop funding the war. Others will focus chiefly upon the well over 100,000 Iraqi lives lost, and, in a campaign launched some months ago, will ring bells 100,000 times –1,000 chimes each in 100 different locations - as names of Iraqi civilians killed since the start of Shock and Awe are read aloud.

Arrested

December 17, 2005

by Milan Rai Justice Not Vengeance

Yesterday morning we rang out the names of the dead on the barriers in front of Downing Street.

The police around us, the Prime Minister’s office in front of us, a friend of ours being harassed and searched across the road for filming us, under the threat of arrest, we read out the names of Iraqi civilians and of British soldiers.

Somehow, reading each name felt more painful than it had in Brighton or in Northwood. Somehow, the ceremony of remembrance had become more moving in these strange circumstances.

Chicago Press Release -- 100,000 Rings: In Remembrance of the Iraqi Dead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2005

Contacts: Kathy Kelly or Joel Gulledge
773-878-3815 or 773-619-2418 (cell)

CHICAGO - On Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28, 2005, at Dearborn and Adams, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Chicago activists will join with groups across the U.S. and the UK to toll bells in remembrance of the more than 100,000 Iraqis who have died as a consequence of the U.S. led invasion and occupation of Iraq. In 100 locations listed at www.iraqmortality.org, participants in the “100,000 Rings” campaign will ring a bell once a minute, for 1,000 minutes, to express grief and condolence for every life lost as a result of the U.S. bombing, invasion and occupation of Iraq.