Kathy Kelly

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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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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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
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 08, 2016
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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