Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly

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

Articles by this author

Views
Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 8:00am
Visits and Conversations in a Kabul Winter
Here in Kabul, last week, at the Afghan Peace Volunteer (APV) community home that hosts me, I watched Abdulhai and visiting activist Aaron Hughes work out ways to secure the greenhouse which they had partially assembled that morning. Warmed by the effort and with the sun beaming down on all of us,...
Read more
Views
Monday, December 21, 2015 - 8:30am
Flowers from Guantanamo
Here in Kabul, young friends with the Afghan Peace Volunteers look forward to learning more about “The Tea Project” in late December, when Aaron Hughes arrives, an artist, a U.S. military veteran, and a core member of Iraq Veterans Against War. He’ll carry with him 20 plaster replicas of a standard...
Read more
Views
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 10:00am
Killing Blindly in the Endless War
"These are people who had been working hard for months, non-stop for the past week. They had not gone home, they had not seen their families, they had just been working in the hospital to help people... and now they are dead. These people are friends, close friends. I have no words to express this...
Read more
Views
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 10:15am
Learn Your Lessons Well: An Afghan Teenager Makes Up His Mind
Tall, lanky, cheerful and confident, Esmatullah easily engages his young students at the Street Kids School, a project of Kabul’s “Afghan Peace Volunteers,” an antiwar community with a focus on service to the poor. Esmatullah teaches child laborers to read. He feels particularly motivated to teach...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 8:15am
The Obscenity of Our War
Before the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq, a group of activists living in Baghdad would regularly go to city sites that were crucial for maintaining health and well-being in Baghdad, such as hospitals, electrical facilities, water purification plants, and schools, and string large vinyl banners...
Read more
Views
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 10:30am
Which Side Are We On?
“On the one side, powerful military bureaucracies, influential and richly financed weapons industries, their lobbies, their captive legislators, those for whom paranoia or past wars are a way of life,” he wrote. “On the other side, only reason, the will to survive, the inarticulate poor ” —John...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 7:00am
Which Side Are We On?
"On the one side, powerful military bureaucracies, influential and richly financed weapons industries, their lobbies, their captive legislators, those for whom paranoia or past wars are a way of life. On the other side, only reason, the will to survive, the inarticulate poor " —John Kenneth...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 7:15am
Let It Shine
"This little light of mine, I'm gonna' let it shine! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine." Imagine children lustily singing the above lines which eventually became a civil rights anthem. Their innocence and happy resolve enlightens us. Yes! In the face of wars, refugee crises, weapon...
Read more
Views
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 6:45am
The Sacred Task of Replanting
“A nation that will keep people in slavery for 244 years will "thingify" them—make them things. Therefore they will exploit them, and poor people generally, economically. And a nation that will exploit economically will have foreign investments and everything else, and will have to use its military...
Read more
Views
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 7:15am
No Warlords Need Apply—A Call for Credible Peacemaking in Afghanistan
A second round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, expected to begin before the end of July, 2015, suggests that some parties to the fighting want to declare a cease fire. But even in the short time since the first round on July 7 th , fighting has...
Read more

Pages