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Kathy Kelly is a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and a co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to end economic sanctions against Iraq. She and her companions helped send over 70 delegations to Iraq, from 1996 to 2003, in open defiance of the economic sanctions. With members of the Iraq Peace Team, a project of Voices, Kelly lived in Iraq during the 2003 U.S. invasion and initial weeks of the U.S. Occupation. From Amman, Jordan, she has written regular reports, this summer, about the plight of Iraqis who have fled the violence in their country. (see www.vcnv.org) Kelly has been involved in numerous nonviolent campaigns to end war, some of which have involved lengthy imprisonment. As a war tax refuser, she has refused all forms of federal income tax since 1981.

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Promotional image of the Italian frigate the U.S. Navy is adapting for construction at Marinette., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 27, 2020
Battleground States The world that our global empire is swiftly creating, through our devastating oil wars in the Middle East and our arriving cold wars with Russia and China, is a world without winners.
White Privilege, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Weapons that Protect White Privilege Prevent Sustainable Community Change How does our white privilege contribute to racism and oppression? How can we use our privilege to bring about systemic change?
Yemen remains the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Our Disaster The Saudis may want to extricate themselves from the war, but so far they haven't stopped the bludgeoning air strikes or lifted the blockade. The Saudi-led war against Yemen continues.
Swords into Plowshares, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 30, 2020
Beating Swords to Plowshares "The question isn't: did the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 have a lawful excuse to do what they did. The question is, what's our excuse not to do more? What will rise us?"
Steve Kelly, SJ, Nevada Nuclear Test Site  3/14/18, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 3, 2020
"He's Got Eight Numbers, Just Like Everybody Else" The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 now await sentencing for their action, performed two years ago inside the Kings Bay Trident Submarine base in southern Georgia. They acted in concert with many others who take literally the Scriptural call to "beat swords into plowshares."
Activists practice
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 28, 2020
Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm Normally, during the public vigils, one or more participants would provide updates on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the ongoing war, and U.S. complicity. As COVID-19 threatens to engulf war-torn Yemen, it is even more critical to raise awareness of how the war debilitates the country.
Protester's sign decries sanctions,
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 19, 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 contributing to the global spread of the pandemic.
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 11, 2020
From Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, A Call to Catholics: Let Us End Our Complicity in War Bishop Gumbleton's statement, while directed to Catholics, challenges all who long for an end to war.
Kathy Kelly and Maya Evans walk with children at the Chamin-E-Babrak refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 2014., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 4, 2020
An eyewitness to the horrors of the US "forever wars" speaks out Images of battered and destroyed hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan, and of hospital personnel trying nevertheless to heal people and save lives, help me retain a basic truth about U.S. wars of choice: We don't have to be this way.
From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 28, 2019
Camp Bucca, Abu Ghraib and the Rise of Extremism in Iraq We can seek to pay reparations for suffering caused through our wars. We can work to abolish war, mourn the deaths of Al-Baghdadi's children and question how conditions inside U.S. military camps, in Iraq, led to the extremism of Al-Baghdadi and his ISIS followers.
Placard against human extinction, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 25, 2019
Trident Is the Crime The U.S. nuclear weapon arsenal creates anguish, fear and futility worldwide. Yet "holy ground" exists as activists work toward abolition of nuclear weapons.
The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists at oceanfront in Georgia, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 20, 2019
Taking Next Steps Toward Nuclear Abolition On trial for resisting the U.S. nuclear weapon arsenal, Kings Bay Plowshares 7 face what amounts to a gag order from the presiding judge.
Yemen Control Map & Report, October 2019., From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Death, Misery and Bloodshed in Yemen In the United States, news commentators discussing the Trump impeachment story liken the breaking developments to "bombshell after bombshell." In Yemen, real and horribly modern bombshells, made in the United States, kill and maim Yemeni civilians, including children, every day.
Habib (standing, left) serves fruit at a meeting for parents at a
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 13, 2019
A Morning in Afghanistan A genuine peace process would hold all warring parties accountable for crimes against humanity and would call for an immediate end to U.S. and NATO militarism in Afghanistan. It would urge the United States to humbly acknowledge the recklessness of its invasion and occupation.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 26, 2019
United States Is in No Position to Lecture Iran The greatest outlier in terms of possessing nuclear weapons is the United States. The double standards in foreign policy maintained by the United States-one set for Israel and Saudi Arabia and another for Iran-undermine any progress in ending wars in the Middle East.
Syrian Refugee, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 29, 2019
"Every War Is a War Against Children" Last year, an analysis issued by Save the Children estimated that 85,000 children under age five have likely died from starvation or disease since the Saudi-led coalition's 2015 escalation of the war in Yemen. More recently, on March 23, 2019, eight children were among 14 Afghan civilians killed by a U.S. airstrike also near Kunduz.
Chelsea Manning, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 10, 2019
Judging U.S. War Crimes Along with thanking Chelsea Manning, we should be guided by her courageous example.
Yemen destruction, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Seeing Yemen from Jeju Island Jeju, a visa-free port, has been an entry point for close to 500 Yemenis who have traveled nearly 5,000 miles in search of safety. Traumatized by consistent bombing, threats of imprisonment and torture, and the horrors of starvation, recent migrants to South Korea, including children, yearn for refuge.
Children Suffering From Hunger, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 1, 2018
The Long, Brutal U.S. War on Children in the Middle East How might we understand what it would mean in the United States for 14 million people in our country to starve? You would have to combine the populations of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and imagine these cities empty of all but the painfully and slowly dying, to get a glimpse into the suffering in Yemen, where one of every two persons faces starvation.
Saudi Raid in Yemen aided by U.S., From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 10, 2018
The U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen U.S. companies such as Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin have sold billions of dollars' worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the Saudi-Emirati-led coalition which is attacking Yemen. The U.S. military refuels Saudi and Emirati warplanes through midair exercises. And, the United States helps the Saudi coalition warmakers choose their targets.

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