Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly (kathy@vcnv.org) co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (www.vcnv.org).

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Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 12:15pm
Eternal Hostility: A New Year’s Resolution
This New Year’s Eve, 750 heavy wooden crosses were distributed to a gathering of Chicagoans commemorating the victims of gun violence killed in 2016. Rev. Michael Pfleger and the Faith Community of St. Sabina Parish had issued a call to carry crosses constructed by Greg Zanis. The crosses, uniform...
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 8:45am
Steer Your Way Into Love and Resistance
Since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, I've given daily thought to the more alarming aspects of Trump culture. Conversations among friends have been quite helpful, both here in the U.S. and in far- away Kabul from which I recently returned. It becomes hard to envision...
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Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:45am
Human Rights Day, A Call to Care
December 10th marks the U.N. Human Rights Day, celebrating and upholding the indispensable and crucial declaration of universal human rights.On the eve of this event, I visited a refugee camp housing 700 families in Kabul. Conditions in refugee camps can be deplorable, intolerable. Here, the...
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Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 10:45am
In Afghanistan, See How We Live
Here in Kabul, I'm generally an early riser at the home of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, but I'm seldom alone. Facing exams, my young friends awaken early and then stay up late to study. Before sunrise this morning, eighteen year old Ghulamai sits in the kitchen, poring over his textbook. His...
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Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00am
Where to Turn
In July 1941, Albert Einstein, ten months a U.S. citizen, wrote Eleanor Roosevelt asking her, as First Lady, to raise with the president the matter of lifting bureaucratic hurdles so that Jewish refugees threatened by Hitler’s final solution could be granted entry into the U.S. “I know of no-one...
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 10:15am
A Good Beginnning (to the End of Empire)
It seems that some who have the ears of U.S. elite decision-makers are at least shifting away from wishing to provoke wars with Russia and China. In recent articles, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Thomas Graham , two architects of the U.S. cold war with Russia, have acknowledged that the era of...
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Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 9:30am
Don't Move (Don't F#%king Move)
Two major news stories here in the U.S., both chilling, point out how readily U.S. authorities will murder people based on race and the slightest possibility of a threat to those in places of power. On July 5th Baton Rouge police killed Anton Sterling in a Louisiana parking lot. Sterling was a 37-...
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Friday, June 24, 2016 - 1:00pm
The Stakes Are Enormously High Along the Russian Border
In the historic port city of Yalta, located on the Crimean Peninsula, we visited the site where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin, in February of 1945, concluded negotiations ending World War II. These leaders and their top advisors were also present at the creation of the United Nations and other...
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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 1:00pm
De-Incarceration, a Different Drum So Needed
Along with VCNV companions, I’m part of a 150 mile walk from Chicago to Thomson, IL , a small town in Northwest IL where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is setting up an Administrative Maximum prison, also known as a Supermax. Prison laborers from U.S. minimum security prisons now labor to turn what...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 10:15am
Hammering for Peace
Last winter, at the Voices home/office in Chicago, we welcomed two friends who were in town for a Mennonite church gathering focused on the symbol of beating swords into plowshares. Their project embraces a vision from the biblical “Book of Isaiah” which longs for the day when “they shall beat...
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