Kathy Kelly

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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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Saturday, November 12, 2016
Where to Turn
In July 1941, Albert Einstein, ten months a U.S. citizen, wrote Eleanor Roosevelt asking her, as First Lady, to raise with the president the matter of lifting bureaucratic hurdles so that Jewish refugees threatened by Hitler’s final solution could be granted entry into the U.S. “I know of no-one...
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Wednesday, September 07, 2016
A Good Beginnning (to the End of Empire)
It seems that some who have the ears of U.S. elite decision-makers are at least shifting away from wishing to provoke wars with Russia and China. In recent articles, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Thomas Graham , two architects of the U.S. cold war with Russia, have acknowledged that the era of...
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Thursday, July 07, 2016
Don't Move (Don't F#%king Move)
Two major news stories here in the U.S., both chilling, point out how readily U.S. authorities will murder people based on race and the slightest possibility of a threat to those in places of power. On July 5th Baton Rouge police killed Anton Sterling in a Louisiana parking lot. Sterling was a 37-...
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