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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

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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

The Question Foremost

By Cathy Breen

The question foremost in my own mind is: What about the responsibility of the United States who unleashed this war on Iraq, a war based on self-interest and lies? A war without end that has unleashed unspeakable terror in the whole region!

Afghan Girl, Sakina, Buries Toy Gun and Says…

by Dr Hakim

Ten-year-old Sakina, an Afghan street kid, had this to say, “I don’t like to be in a world of war. I like to be in a world of peace.”

On 27th August 2015, Sakina and Inam, with fellow Afghan street kids and the Afghan Peace Volunteers, held a mock funeral for weapons and celebrated the establishment of a green space in Kabul.

Dressed in long black coats, they broke and buried toy guns in a small spot where, over the past two years, they have been planting trees.

Sakina breaks a toy gun before burying it. Inam and other street kids await their turn.

Inam, a bright-eyed ten year old, caught the group’s energetic desire to build a world without war. “I kept toy guns till about three years ago,” he acknowledged with a smile.

Sakina breaks a toy gunSakina breaks a toy gun

Nine Arrested at Volk Field

by Joy First

Xan began to sing the names of victims of militarized violence, going back and forth between the name of a drone victim, and then the name of a Black woman who was killed by the police in this country. After each name the crowd responded by singing, “We remember you” and a single drum beat.

After listening to the names for a few minutes, those of us who were going to risk arrest stepped off the curb and onto the road. We slowly walked towards the gate feeling the pain of living under a government that could commit these acts in our name. We took one step onto the base and were immediately taken into custody, handcuffed, and put into a police car.

Let It Shine

photo credit Dr. Hakim

This past summer, collaborating with Wisconsin activists, we decided to feature this refrain on signs and announcements for a 90-mile walk campaigning to end targeted drone assassinations abroad, and the similarly racist impunity granted to an increasingly militarized police force when they kill brown and black people within the U.S.

Photo Diary of the Let It Shine! Walk

Day 3: Devil’s lake. August 20

Knees and feet are holding out, blister lotion, plasters and hot compresses are helping greatly. We started in the town of Lodi, population 3050, and ended 16.5 miles later in a picturesque campsite near Devil’s Lake- via a short detour (we got slightly lost!) The walk included a fun ferry ride across Lake Wisconsin, other passengers were bemused by our efforts and support “Peace and Justice” truck. We were served a delicious lunch by the Fellowship of Reconcilliation, and an equally delicious dinner c/o Charles & Sue. ‪#‎LetItShine‬! ‪#‎EndViolence‬ ‪#‎NoDrones‬ ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬

Replanting

In early August, people assembled outside of the Los Alamos nuclear weapon laboratories listened to Beata Tsosie Pena’s advice and perspective during a gathering organized by Campaign Nonviolence.

Beata said that she and her community have tried traditional forms of activism, to no avail, and so now they try their form of activism which involves praying to the spirits. They pray to the spirits for the politicians and they wish the politicians would pray to their ancestral spirits. She also invited us write solidarity letters to the Tribal Leaders of the Northern Pueblos to acknowledge our presence “inside the lands they hold sacred.”

US Drone Campaign Needs to be Acknowledged a Failure

“Instead of manufacturing weapons in order to wage war, the US is now waging war in order to manufacture more weapons. The reality that US drone strikes are a recruiting tool for Al-Qaeda is good news for war profiteers, even as it is alarming to anyone who is interested in the security of the US and the peace and stability of the counties where they are occurring.”