Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly

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

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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...
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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...
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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...
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Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 9:15am
Pushing Up
Last weekend, about 100 U.S. Veterans for Peace gathered in Red Wing, Minnesota, for a statewide annual meeting. In my experience, Veterans for Peace chapters hold “no-nonsense” events. Whether coming together for local, statewide, regional or national work, the Veterans project a strong sense of...
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 6:30am
Before the Dawn
Each year, throughout the Muslim world, believers participate in the month-long Ramadan fast. Here in Kabul, where I'm a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers , our household awakens at 2:15 a.m. to prepare a simple meal before the fast begins at about 3:00 a.m. I like the easy companionship we feel...
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 6:30am
Fear and Learning in Kabul
"Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world… Shall we say the odds are too great? … the struggle is too hard? … and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message -- of longing, of hope, of solidarity… The choice...
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 6:30am
The Storm Is Over
Lightning flashed across Kentucky skies a few nights ago. "I love storms," said my roommate, Gypsi, her eyes bright with excitement. Thunder boomed over the Kentucky hills and Atwood Hall, here in Lexington, KY's federal prison. I fell asleep thinking of the gentle, haunting song our gospel choir...
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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 6:45am
Sing Another Song
Here in Lexington federal prison's Atwood Hall, squinting through the front doorway, I spotted a rust-red horse swiftly cantering across a nearby field. The setting sun cast a glow across the grasses and trees as the horse sped past. "Reminds me of the Pope," I murmured to no one in particular. "...
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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 7:00am
Crosscurrents
By the time I leave Kentucky's federal prison center, where I'm an inmate with a 3 month sentence, the world's 12th-largest city may be without water. Estimates put the water reserve of Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, at sixty days. Sporadic outages have already begun, the wealthy are...
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 7:45am
The Possibility of Escape (A Note from Lexington Federal Prison)
Editor's note: The author is currently serving a three-month sentence in Lexington Federal Prison in Kentucky for participation in an anti-drone protest. It was a little over two weeks ago that Marlo entered Atwood Hall, here in Lexington federal prison. Nearly all the women here are nonviolent...
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