Activists with Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to end UN economic sanctions on Iraq, has been fined $50,000 by the US Treasury Department for sending several humanitarian delegations to Iraq in non-violent defiance of the sanctions regime.
Portland resident and tireless activist for the Iraqi people Dan Handleman was fined $10,000 by the federal government for traveling to Iraq on two occasions with Voices. The group held a brief press conference and sanctions-defiant action in Portland on December 5.
VitW has refused to pay the fines and instead has resolved to raise an equivalent amount to send to the suffering citizens of Iraq.
The following link is to Free Speech Radio News for December 6, 2002, which carried my story on the fines. This audio link has the entire FSRN news program for Friday, December 6, 2002, with several stories of national significance. The Voices in the Wilderness feature begins approximately 14.5 minutes into the 30 minute program:
If you would like to learn more about Voices in the Wilderness or to sign their petition to end the economic sanctions on Iraq, please visit their website at: