Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly

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

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Monday, July 03, 2017
What Does War Generate?
At an April, 2017 Symposium on Peace in Nashville, TN, Martha Hennessy spoke about central tenets of Maryhouse, a home of hospitality in New York City, where Martha often lives and works. Every day, the community there tries to abide by the counsels of Dorothy Day, Martha’s grandmother, who co-...
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
"Would You Like a Drink of Water?" Please Ask a Yemeni Child
This week, in New York City, representatives from more than100 countries will begin collaborating on an international treaty, first proposed in 2016, to ban nuclear weapons forever. It makes sense for every country in the world to seek a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. It would make even...
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Friday, June 16, 2017
Feed the Hungry, Treat the Sick: A Crucial Training
On June 15, 2017, the New York Times reported that the government of Saudi Arabia aims to ease the concerns of some U.S. legislators over U.S. weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. The Saudis plan to engage in “a $750 million multiyear training program through the American military to help prevent the...
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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Courage for Peace, Not for War, in Afghanistan
When activists like me return from visiting the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, Afghanistan, young seamstresses there often entrust each of us with about fifty sky-blue scarves. The word “Borderfree” is carefully embroidered, in English, on one end of each scarf; on the opposite side, they’ve...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Shame of Killing Innocent People
On April 26th, 2017, in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition which has been waging war in Yemen for the past two years dropped leaflets informing Hodeidah’s residents of an impending attack. One leaflet read: “Our forces of legitimacy are heading to liberate Hodeidah and end the...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017
Angry, Desperate, Rejected
Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his boldest and perhaps most defining speech. It alienated liberal allies in the North and the Northern press, plus many in King's own civil rights movement, and prompted President Johnson to withdraw King's secret service detail. Exactly one year later...
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Reality and the 'Made in the U.S.A.' Famine in Yemen
This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby prepared a presentation for a local high school. She’ll team up with a young friend of ours, himself a refugee from Iraq, to talk about refugee crises driven by war. Sabia recently returned from Kabul where...
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Friendship in Defiance of War
Before making their home in Damascus , Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak had regularly visited Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, where they developed lasting friendships and deepened cultural awareness. Iraq was steadily deteriorating under thirteen years of U.S./UN imposed economic sanctions. Despite...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
White Silence Equals Violence: Awaiting a Verdict
On Wednesday morning, here in Minneapolis, six jurors decided beyond a reasonable doubt that I am guilty as charged and my co-defendant, Dan Wilson was found innocent. The court case stems from an action protesting the execution of Jamar Clark, age 24, who died in the early morning of November 15,...
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Sunday, January 01, 2017
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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