Kathy Kelly: “Seeing Through the Smokescreen: examining U.S. roles in Iraq and Afghanistan”
Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence, (www.vcnv.org) a campaign to end
U.S. military and economic warfare.
During each of nine recent trips to Afghanistan, Kathy Kelly, as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace
Volunteers, has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul.
She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe that “where you stand
determines what you see.”
Kelly has also joined with activists in various regions of the country to protest drone warfare by
holding demonstrations outside of U.S. military bases in Nevada, upstate New York, and, most
recently, at Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri.
From 1996 – 2003, Voices activists formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by
bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Kathy and her companions lived in Baghdad
throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing. They have also lived alongside people during
warfare in Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua.
She was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-
89) and spent three months in prison, in 2004, for crossing the line at Fort
Benning’s military training school. As a war tax refuser, she has refused
payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.
A Decade After Waging a War Based on Lies, We
Must Create a Culture of Peace. Please Join Us for
the Forum and Discussion.
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