Kathy Kelly

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 On April 4, 2018, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, Elizabeth McAlister, Patrick O’Neill, Carmen Trotta and Fr. Steve Kelly, S.J. prayed, poured blood, spray painted messages against nuclear weapons, hammered on a replica of a nuclear weapon, hung banners and waited to be arrested. (Photo: Kings Bay 7) Views
Saturday, May 30, 2020
The Glory and Duty of Beating Swords to Plowshares
Inscribed on a wall across from the United Nations in New York City are ancient words of incalculable yearning: “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation,nor will they train for war anymore.”—Isaiah 2:4 I’ve stood...
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Ideally, nuclear weapon arsenals will be recognized as a crazed burden we must finally shed if we’ve any hope of surviving our past recklessness.  (Photo: A B53 nuclear bomb at the Pantex facility in Texas/NNSA/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, April 03, 2020
'He’s Got Eight Numbers, Just Like Everybody Else': An Anti-Nuclear Activist Behind Bars
On April 4, 2020, my friend Steve Kelly will begin a third year of imprisonment in Georgia’s Glynn County jail. He turned 70 while in prison, and while he has served multiple prison sentences for protesting nuclear weapons, spending two years in a county jail is unusual even for him. Yet he...
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Activists practice “physical distancing” at a Saturday morning vigil for Peace in Yemen, Union Square, New York City. (Photo credit: Bill Ofenloch) Views
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm
For the past three years, several dozen New Yorkers have gathered each Saturday at Union Square, at 11:00 a.m. to vigil for peace in Yemen. Now, however, due to the coronavirus, the vigil for peace is radically altered. Last week, in recognition of the city’s coming shelter in place program,...
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Protester’s sign decries sanctions, “a silent war” (Photo: Campaign for Peace and Democracy, 2013) Views
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Stop Tightening the Thumb Screws, A Humanitarian Message
U.S. sanctions against Iran, cruelly strengthened in March of 2018, continue a collective punishment of extremely vulnerable people. Presently, the U.S. “maximum pressure” policy severely undermines Iranian efforts to cope with the ravages of COVID-19, causing hardship and tragedy while...
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Saturday, January 04, 2020
An Eyewitness to the Horrors of the US 'Forever Wars' Speaks Out
The 2003 "shock and awe" bombing of Iraq had finally stopped. From the balcony of my room in Baghdad's Al Fanar Hotel, I watched U.S. Marines moving between their jeeps, armored personnel carriers, and Humvees. They had occupied the street immediately in front of the small, family-owned hotel where...
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 Along with the abuses of prisoners in places like Camp Bucca, FOB Mercury, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo, U.S. warfare predictably led to the buildup of ISIS and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's commitment to "an eye for an eye." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 28, 2019
Camp Bucca, Abu Ghraib and the Rise of Extremism in Iraq
Yesterday morning, President Trump announced the death of Abu Bakr Al- Baghdadi and three of his children. President Trump said Al-Baghdadi, the founder of ISIS, was fleeing U.S. military forces, in a tunnel, and then killed himself by detonating a suicide vest he wore. In 2004, Al-Baghdadi had...
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The trident symbol at Kings Bay Naval Base in Brunswick, Georgia covered in blood after a 2018 Catholic Workers protest. Views
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Trident Is the Crime
On October 24, following a three-day trial in Brunswick, GA, seven Catholic Workers who acted to disarm a nuclear submarine base were convicted on three felony counts and one misdemeanor. The defendants face 20 years in prison, yet they emerged from their trial seeming quite ready for next steps in...
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The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists Views
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Taking Next Steps Toward Nuclear Abolition
My friend Marianne Goldscheider, who is 87, suffered a broken hip in July, 2018 and then, in June 2019, it happened again. When she broke her hip the first time, she was running, with her son, on a football field. After the second break, when she fell in her kitchen, she recalls her only desire as...
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A Yemeni collects items amidst the rubble of a destroyed funeral hall building following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa on October 8, 2016. (Photo: MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Death, Bloodshed, and Misery in Yemen
Writing about his visit to the world’s largest weapons bazaar, held in London in October, journalist Arron Merat describes reading the slogan emblazoned above Raytheon’s stall: “Strike With Creativity.” Raytheon manufactures Paveway laser-guided bombs—produced in factories in the United States and...
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People disabled by war are a common site in Kabul. Here a man arrives in a wheelchair to receive duvets given out to help families survive the cold winter. (Photo: Kathy Kelly) Views
Monday, September 30, 2019
The Wounds of War
Its economy gutted by war, Afghanistan’s largest cash crop remains opium. Yet farmers there do grow other crops for export. Villagers in the Wazir Tangi area of Nangarhar province, for example, cultivate pine nuts. As a precaution, this year at harvest time, village elders notified the governor of...
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