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Saint Patrick’s Four

By Dahr Jamail,

The date is March 17, 2003. St. Patrick’s Day and just two days before
U.S. bombs began raining down on Baghdad, 40 year-old Teresa Grady, her
older sister Clare, Daniel Burns and Vietnam veteran Peter De Mott

Torture School Protesters Face Six Months in Prison

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Trials Begin in Columbus, Georgia on Monday, January 30; grandmother, priests, retirees, nun, students among those prosecuted.

Washington - On Monday, January 30 thirty-two people ranging in age from 19 to 81 will begin federal trials for peacefully walking onto a military base in protest of a controversial Army training school. Each person faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine for this act of nonviolent civil disobedience.

Activists speaking truth to power at National Security Agency have case dismissed

By Max Obuszewski

On July 2, 2005 Ellen Barfield and I were arrested and charged with “disturbance on protected property,

Third of Saint Patrick's Four Sentenced

Remaining Sentencing:
Teresa Grady: Friday, Jan. 27th, '06 11:30 am
1-Article: Mother and Activist, Clare Grady, Sentenced in Federal Court, by Katie Quinn-Jacobs

Judge Sends War Protester to Prison for Six Months

By Nancy Dooling, Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin (New York)
Burns: 'My Conduct was Honorable'

BINGHAMTON — At least 30 peace activists sang a hymn as protester Daniel Burns was handcuffed Monday before beginning the six-month prison sentence he received in federal court for throwing his own blood in a military recruiting office.


Remember to Save the Date

March 20, 2006 marks the day, three years ago, when the United States invaded Iraq. More than 2,200 American soldiers have been killed. Thousands more have been wounded and will bear emotional scars for a lifetime. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have perished. And, under the Bush administration, there appears to be no end in sight. We have written letters and asked for meetings with Mr. Bush, we have demonstrated in large numbers, we have met with our representatives in Congress. Now, we confront the war machine—the Pentagon.

Resisting Lockheed Martin

By Robert M Smith

About 75 people gathered in Valley Forge, PA at Lockheed Martin on January 16 for a Martin Luther King Day of Nonviolent Resistance to the War & Lockheed Martin

Sixteen people - Matt Becker, Tom Mullian, Laurie Pollack, Tom Ennis, ofm, Patrick (James) Sieber, ofm, Alan Dawley, John Landreau, Peter Larson, June Eisley, Michael Berg, Mary Jo McArthur, Annie Geers, Vint Deming, Teresa Camerota, Bernadette Cronin-Geller, and Bob Smith - were arrested at the conclusion of the time of King Day memory, applying Dr. King's message today, and resistance to the war and the Iraq War #1 Profiteer, world's largest weapons corporation, the U.S. chief nuclear weapons and "Star War" contractor.


By Max Obuszewski

“…we must see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men [and women] rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood [and sisterhood]


By Max Obuszewski

Some twenty antiwar activists held a demonstration on a rainy Wednesday morning outside U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia at 3rd & Constitution Ave. The demonstration preceded the third trial resulting from more than 370 arrests at the White House on September 26, 2005, when activists gathered to seek a meeting to discuss an end to the war in Iraq.

National Campaign of Nonviolent Actions Planned at Congressional Offices

The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance Against the War in Iraq (NCNR) is initiating a campaign of nonviolent sit-ins at the offices of members of Congress who refuse to speak out or otherwise take appropriate action to end the war.

A Call to Conscience

By Pete Perry

The National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance is issuing its "Call to Conscience" this winter. As followers of a great nonviolence tradition, we believe we must in a clear and nonviolent voice speak truth to power. The most effective way for us to do will be to hold face to face meetings with our elected representatives, demand an end to the war and occupation of Iraq and thereby stop any further needless slaughter of the men and women who proudly wear our nation's military uniforms.

Letter from a Nonviolent Resister

President George Bush committed a felony, punishable by five years in prison.
Authorizing the use of wiretaps without a court order on United States citizens,
as President Bush did in 2002 and 30 times thereafter, violated a federal law.

A Call to Conscience for the U.S. Congress

PDF Flyer

January 16 to March 20, 2006
MLK Day until the Third Commemoration of the Iraq War

A campaign of nonviolent action to compel our representatives in Congress to meet the demands of justice and peace:

Rumsfeld targeted by anti-war protesters

Rumsfeld targeted by anti-war protesters
Last Update: Friday, November 18, 2005. 2:08pm (AEDT
ABC News Online

A noisy protest is under way outside the Adelaide Town Hall where the US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is holding talks with Australian ministers at the AUSMIN meeting.

Chanting anti-war slogans, about 100 protesters braved the wet weather to line the security barriers outside the town hall.

But they have so far had no opportunity to get close to their target.

Mr Rumsfeld has been surrounded by a security detail, the size of which has never been seen in Adelaide.

One hooded protester was arrested after he scaled a security barrier.

South Australian Premier Mike Rann has already emerged from his 15 minute meeting with the Defence Secretary.

Mr Rumsfeld is due to address the media before flying out on Air Force Three this afternoon.


Protesters Try to Remove Maine Peace Flags

Protesters Try to Remove Maine Peace Flags Fri Nov 11,10:24 AM ET
Yahoo News

WATERVILLE, Maine - Protesters led by a veterans post tried to remove a flag display placed by peace activists at a veterans cemetery, and five were charged with criminal trespass.

The display remained intact Friday, Veterans Day, despite a threat by at least one of the protesters to return later to finish yanking up the flags.

The display of 2,000 white flags, meant to remember U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, was set up at Veterans Memorial Park cemetery Oct. 30 under a permit issued to Waterville Area Bridges for Peace and Justice.

It's in the History Books Now. Civil Disobedience at the Whitehouse

Witnesses to the scene called in the story to us.  It went sort of like this (see here for pictures).

"The time to lay down is right now.  Those who are willing to be
arrested will not get up.  Others will get up and will observe the

has layed down as has Cindy, Ann Wright, Gail, and others from Code
Pink and the World Can Not Wait Organization.  Now the police are
beginning to arrest people.

November 17 and 18 - Call to Action

By Peter Perry

After the September peace march and subsequent mass nonviolent civil resistance action at the White House, I can’t help but feel the tide of dissent and public opposition to our nation’s current road to imperialism rise. It now seems as if Katrina has finally exposed our government’s unjust priorities.

Within days America is expected to witness its two-thousandth death from combat operations in Iraq. Popularity for this war and occupation has slumped to an all-time low. A recent CBS poll reports 59 percent of Americans favor a withdrawal from Iraq as soon as possible.

National Stand Down Day - Nov. 18, 2005

National Stand Down Day - Nov. 18, 2005

End The Iraq War - Demonstrations and Nonviolent Resistance at Recruiting Stations Across the Country

Young Americans sign on to go into harm’s way to defend their country if necessary, but instead they are being turned into harm’s ministers in a war that has claimed more then 100,000 Iraqi lives and nearly 2,000 Americans. The President and Congress have breached a sacred trust with our soldiers and abused their oath to defend the Constitution by leading young Americans to kill and die in a war based on lies.

Case Against Cheney

The Nation
By John Nichols

Well, of course, the investigation of who leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame's name -- violating the federal law that bars the "outing" of intelligence operatives -- has come around to Vice President Dick Cheney's office. While it may be news to the Washington Post -- which headlined a breathless report on Tuesday: "Cheney's Office Is A Focus in Leak Case" -- the fact is that Cheney and his aides have been likely suspects from day one.

No prominent member of the administration had more to lose as a result of the 2003 revelation by Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, that the White House's pre-war claims regarding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction had been inflated than did Cheney -- who, to a far greater extent than George Bush, had a hand in shaping the arguments for going to war, plugged them in media appearances and defended them after all evidence suggested his pronouncements had been wrong. It is important to recall that, while Bush may have deliberately fuzzed the facts in his 2003 State of the Union address, it was Cheney who leapt off the cliff of speculation with the pre-war declaration that, "We know Saddam Hussein's been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."

Reclaiming the American Legacy of Civil Disobedience

By Sari Gelzer
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Tuesday 11 October 2005

What can all Americans do about their desire to see change in America? Practice civil disobedience.

This flavor of action is not just for radicals. Civil disobedience is the role of citizens within the political system and has a much broader legacy than one was taught to think. Civil disobedience, practiced by various movements of people, has been responsible for forcing politicians to comply with the demands of its citizens. Civil disobedience is how "slavery was ended, civil rights were won, it's how women won the right to vote, and it's how Vietnam ended," says Anthony Arnove, a writer, editor and activist based in New York.


United for Peace and Justice-NYC and the International Solidarity Movement-NYC present:


Sunday October 16th, 7:15 PM:

Catholic Center, 58 Washington Square Park South, Manhattan

Ayed Morrar and Jonathan Pollak are friends and among the major figures in the Palestinian-led, Israeli-supported nonviolent struggle against Israel’s military occupation. Largely unreported by the media, thousands of Palestinians and hundreds of Israelis are waging a major grassroots nonviolent campaign of resistance to the construction of Israel’s Wall. Palestinian farmers, workers, mothers, and students, together with Israeli and international volunteers, are braving teargas, beatings, bullets, arrest, and even death to block the construction of the Wall with their bodies. Ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004, the Wall appropriates Palestinian land and destroys villages for more Israeli settlements.

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A federal court decision forces Voices in the Wilderness to disband
By Erin Polgreen October 4, 2005

After 10 years of delegations, peace activism and non-violent protest, Chicago-based Voices in the Wilderness (VitW) was silenced on August 12, when a federal judge ordered the group to pay a $20,000 civil penalty for delivering medical supplies to Iraq without a permit.

Seeking Real Resistance to the War

Published on Monday, September 20, 2005 by

On the Need to Bring Nonviolence to the Peace Movement
By Gordon Clark

I winced when the reporter from the Washington Post asked me on the 2nd anniversary of the war, what happened to the mass protests that I had forecast back in early 2003 should Bush actually take us to war in Iraq. I had predicted social disruption the likes of which we hadn’t seen since Vietnam. As I fumbled for an explanation, he reassured me that this was not my singular mistake - "lots of activists told me the same thing," he said.

What happened? How could so many seasoned activists and organizers be so profoundly disturbed by the pending war, predicting "no business as usual" should it start, and yet when the war actually does start, our protests and actions all peter out... and only now are building back to pre-war levels?

Speaking Events



August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.


September 22-24: No War 2017 at American University in Washington, D.C.


October 28: Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference

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