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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 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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U.S. Raid in Yemen Garners Intelligence > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 16, 2017
Feed the Hungry, Treat the Sick: A Crucial Training We should, individually and collectively, do all that we can to prohibit U.S. supported Saudi-led coalition onslaughts against Yemeni civilians, encourage a silencing of all the guns, insist on lifting the blockade, and staunchly uphold humanitarian concerns.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 16, 2015
The Not So Land of the Free The United States may be the least self-aware nation on earth, condemning other countries for repressive policies and calling itself the "land of the free" while locking up citizens in staggering numbers often for minor, non-violent offenses, as anti-war activist Kathy Kelly sees while serving time in federal prison.
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 23, 2015
A Future in Prison Kathy Kelly is reporting to prison tomorrow. She explains, "In December, 2014, Judge Matt Whitworth sentenced me to three months in federal prison after Georgia Walker and I had attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the commander of Whiteman Air Force base, asking him to stop his troops from piloting lethal drone flights over Afghanistan from within the base."
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.
Iraqi children gather around as U.S. Army sergeants patrol the streets of Al Asiriyah, Iraq., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 24, 2017
On the Quality of Mercy The comfortable nations often authorize the worst atrocities overseas through fear for their own safety, imagining themselves the victims to be protected from crime at all costs. Such attitudes entitle people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen to look in our direction when they ask, "Who are the criminals?"
From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 9, 2015
Report from prison: Possibility of Escape U.S. state and federal prison populations have risen, since 1988, from 600,000 to an estimated 1,600,000 in 2012. This trend shows inhumane behavior on the part of lawmakers and myriads of employees who benefit from the so-called "criminal justice" system. But our entire society bears responsibility for what now can aptly be labeled a "prison-industrial complex.
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.
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.
Steve Kelly, SJ, Nevada Nuclear Test Site  3/14/18, From Uploaded
(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."
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 31, 2017
Remaining Peaceful Was Their Choice: Young Yemenis Sounded Alarms Before the Civil War Ta'iz was home to a vibrant, creative youth movement during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Young men and women organized massive demonstrations to protest the enrichment of entrenched elites as ordinary people struggled to survive. The young people were exposing the roots of one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today.
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.
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.
From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 1, 2012
Truth and Trauma in Gaza The Israeli military claimed it had collapsed the building in hope of assassinating an unspecified visitor to the home; thus, any massive civilian death toll is justifiable by the merest hint of a military target. Qassam rockets killing one Israeli a year are terrorism, but deliberate attacks to collapse buildings on whole families are not.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with President Trump, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 23, 2017
Let Yemenis Live Observers say if the U.S. stopped its midair refueling of Saudi bomber planes, the war would end shortly thereafter. Yet, the U.S continues these military operations. The UK still supplies the Saudis with surveillance, and both countries work to maintain a comfortable relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Defense and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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.
Pope Francis., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 5, 2015
Reasons for Despair and Hope This year, Holy Week -- marking the crucifixion of Jesus -- coincides with the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder on April 4, 1968, with some Christians seeing many reasons to despair and a few reasons to hope, as Kathy Kelly explains from her cell in a Kentucky federal prison serving a sentence for anti-war activism.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Mordechai Vanunu, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 15, 2017
Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump's Strategy on Iran Mordechai Vanunu took extraordinary risks and endured incredible suffering to rescue the human species from the foolhardiness of building and maintaining nuclear arsenals. I wonder if people worldwide can rise to a level of courage and seriousness needed to simply recognize, and then, where possible, act in response to the world's real threats.
Front pages, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 20, 2015
The Front Page Rule After a week here in FMC Lexington Satellite camp, a federal prison in Kentucky, I started catching up on national and international news... and thoughts on drones
Yemen Humanitarian Crisis, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 31, 2018
A Treacherous Crossing Potential starvation of their children terrifies people who can't acquire food for their families. Those who can't obtain safe drinking water face nightmarish prospects of dehydration or disease. Persons fleeing bombers, snipers, and armed militias who might arbitrarily detain them shudder in fear as they try to devise escape routes.
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The Storm Is Over government's promises to aid small towns with "prison money" often ring false.
Kathy Kelly and Maya Evans walk with children at the Chamin-E-Babrak refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 2014., From Uploaded
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.
THEY LIED!! Bernie Sanders destroys Trump & his lackeys on Trump's illegal war in Yemen and calls on Congress to assert its authority., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 25, 2018
"God Only Knows": The Tortured, Killed, or Forcibly Disappeared People of Yemen The newly launched school describes an effort that truthfully involves restoring hope. The cynical designation of Saudi and UAE led war in Yemen as "Operation Restoring Hope" creates an ugly smokescreen that distracts from the crucial need to investigate war crimes committed in Yemen today.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 3, 2017
What Does War Generate? War profiteers and self-marketing politicians have no interest in helping U.S. people understand that war itself is a tyrant, that the sound of nearby gunfire or a drone attack is as much of an order to flee one's home as any command from a Taliban warlord.
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.
Fly Kites Not Drones -- Afghan Peace Volunteers and street kids, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 2, 2018
Teen Solidarity Against the Merchants of Death I consider the idea that international teen solidarity could challenge both the U.S. military and the National Rifle Association to end assaults on human life. Reflect on these courageous, clear-eyed Afghan and U.S. youth working in both countries to sow seeds that bear needed fruit, hoping they can change the adults as well.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Old Cold Warriors Cool to New Cold War To the surprise many, some old Cold Warriors, including Zbigniew Brzezinski, are cooling to the idea of a New Cold War with Russia and China, recognizing that cooperation makes more sense than confrontation, notes Kathy Kelly.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 6, 2016
A Good Beginning 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.
Some of the 40 blue backpacks worn in a protest in New York city against the war in Yemen. Each backpack was accompanied by a sign with the name and age of a child killed on a school bus in Dahyan, northern Yemen, on August 9, 2018, in a Saudi/UAE airstri, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Yemen: A Torrent of Suffering in a Time of Siege In war-torn Yemen, the crimes pile up. Children who bear no responsibility for governance or warfare endure the punishment.
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.
Karbala pilgrims, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 26, 2012
A Lesson in Hospitality by Cathy Breen I have just returned to Najaf after spending some days in Karbala visiting a good friend of ours there and getting to know his dear family. In both my going from and my returning to Najaf, I was moved by the sight of pilgrims walking on the side of the road to Karbala.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Scourging Yemen Earnest, honest and practical steps to stop the war are urgently needed. The Houthis must be given an option to lay down arms without landing in any of the clandestine prisons operated by the UAE in Yemen, reported to be little more than torture camps. Even more urgent, the violence and economic strangulation by foreign invaders must cease.
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 1, 2017
From the Ground Up... The Taliban and other armed groups have vowed to continue fighting as long as the U.S. continues to occupy Afghan land, to wage attacks on Afghans and supply weapons to the various fighting factions. The United States maintains nine major bases in Afghanistan and many smaller forward operating bases.
Violence is the Problem, NOT the Solution, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 12, 2021
The only way to effectively counter terror is to end war As w+++++++++++ The Taliban are in power today because of a colossal mess the United States helped create. U.S. citizens must insist on paying reparations for destruction caused by 20 years of war.
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?"
Prof. Yang, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 20, 2015
Crosscurrents U.S. people were forced to remember the guarantee offered by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights , entered into as a treaty obligation by world nations after WWII, that access to water is an inalienable human right. All over the world, water scarcity is becoming a dire threat to the possibility of, as Prof. Noam Chomsky phrases it, decent human survival.
Guantanamo Protest, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 14, 2018
41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo January 11, 2018, marked the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention. In 2007, there were 430 prisoners in Guantanamo. Today, 41 men are imprisoned there, including 31 who have endured more than a decade of imprisonment without charge.
From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 6, 2020
Reversal Today, the 75th anniversary of the atomic attack on Hiroshima, should be a day for quiet introspection. On the bridge outside of Boeing, the world's second largest defense contractor, activists held placards urging Boeing to stop making weapons.
The photo was taken in 2003, days after the U.S. Marines invaded Iraq,, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 2, 2012
The Longest War: Overcoming Lies and Indifference With eyes wide open, willing to look in the mirror, we must persist with the tasks of education and outreach, looking for nonviolent means to take risks commensurate to the crimes being committed in our name.
Photo caption: one of more than 750 crosses carried in a Chicago rally commemorating homicide victims on New Year's Eve, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 1, 2017
Eternal Hostility: a New Year's Resolution Dr. King's call for eternal hostility to the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism helps answer questions about what caused Chicago's tragic increase in gun violence and a record breaking year of U.S. global weapons exports.
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.
U.S. Airstrike On Afghanistan hospital., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Obscenity of Our War Doctors Without Borders has demanded a transparent, independent investigation, assembled by a legitimate international body and without direct involvement by the U.S. or by any other warring party in the Afghan conflict. If such an investigation occurs, and is able to confirm that this was a deliberate, or else a murderously neglectful war crime, how many Americans will ever learn of the verdict?
Taliban Everywhere, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 16, 2021
Reckoning and Reparations in Afghanistan The U.S. government owes reparations to the civilians of Afghanistan for the past 20 years of war and brutal impoverishment.
Ben Salmon, Patron of Conscientious Objectors, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 10, 2017
"Ain't No Such Thing as A Just War" -- Ben Salmon, WWI resister Laurie Hasbrook envisions building creative, peaceful connections between Chicago youngsters and their counterparts in Afghanistan, Yemen, Gaza, Iraq, and other lands. Ben Salmon guides our endeavors. We hope to again visit Salmon's gravesite on Armistice Day, November 11
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 30, 2014
To Successfully Deal with the Challenge of the Islamic State, the U.S. Must Accept that the Neo-Colonial Era Is Over. It is now past time for the USA & other world powers to recognize that the age of neo-colonial military, political and economic domination, especially in the Islamic Middle East, is decisively coming to a close. Attempts to maintain it by military force have been disastrous. There are powerful cultural currents and political forces in motion in the Middle East that simply will not tolerate military and political domination.
Stop the war on yemen!, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 11, 2021
Hunting in Yemen The U.S. is complying with a coalition using starvation and disease to wage war. With 400,000 children's lives in the balance, with a Yemeni child dying once every 75 seconds, what U.S. interests could possibly justify our further hesitation.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Why Afghanistan Can't Wait Real strength asserts itself - in small work, repeated a thousand fold, by people like the Afghan Peace Volunteers -- in tutoring a crowd of children, in helping a desperate mother win the right to feed her family, in calling on worldwide solidarity behind a U.N.-imposed ceasefire for the U.S. and Taliban - in small actions we invite the world to emulate the torrent that erodes walls.
Girls and mothers, waiting for their duvets, in Kabul., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 26, 2018
On Purpose, In Kabul On average, during Trump's first year in office, the Pentagon dropped 121 bombs per day on Afghanistan. The total number of weapons -- missiles, bombs -- deployed in Afghanistan by manned and remotely piloted aircraft through May this year is estimated at 2,339.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Steer Your Way Reasoning our way toward steps that can be taken, on behalf of peace and justice, calls for simultaneous efforts to build personal and political ties with supporters of Donald Trump who aren't white supremacists and don't advocate hatred toward other groups. Kathy Kelly tells why she signed the "We Stand for Peace and Justice" statement.
From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 13, 2013
Afghan Peace Volunteer: Drones Bury Beautiful Lives Drones don't bring peace. They kill human beings. Drones bring nothing but bombs. They burn the lives of the people. People can't move around freely. In the nights, people are afraid. Drones don't protect the people of Afghanistan. Instead, drones kill the people of Afghanistan. You hear in the news and reports that every day, families, children and women are killed. Do you call this safety?
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 2, 2017
Violence Spreads the Famine, and the Famine Will Spread Violence Growing inequality, protected by menacing arsenals, paves a path to the graveyard: It is not a "way of life." We still could acquire a great hunger: a transforming hunger to share justice with our planetary neighbors. We could shed familiar privileges and search for communal tools to preserve us from indifferent wealth and voracious imperial power.
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.
From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Why Daniel Hale Deserves Gratitude, Not Prison Pardon Daniel Hale, a former Air Force analyst who blew the whistle on the consequences of drone warfare. Hale will appear for sentencing before Judge Liam O'Grady on July 27.
1565 Painting, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 22, 2021
About Suffering: A Massacre of the Innocents in Yemen For more than five years, Yemenis have faced near-famine conditions while enduring a naval blockade and routine aerial bombardment.
We are One World. Join together to Support nuclear disarmament., From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 23, 2018
Hungering for Nuclear Disarmament This week, five people have gathered for a fast and vigil, near the Naval Base, calling it "Hunger for Nuclear Disarmament." Our small community here longs to preserve all life, to end potential omnicide. Choosing to "go the extra mile," our friends who face trial bring to life the spirit of early abolitionists and the ancient call to choose life that you and your descendants might live.
Georgia, Kathy and Brian with gathering in Kansas City, MO, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court On October 7, 2014, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility. The charge was based on their participation, at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1st 2014 rally protesting drone warfare.
Interceptor Drone, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Art Against Drones In many war zones, incredibly brave human rights documentarians risk their lives to record the testimonies of people suffering war-related human rights violations, including drone attacks striking civilians.
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.
Kathy and Hakim, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 1, 2012
Seeking a Visa for Dr. Wee Teck Young, Peace Activist The actions and choices which have earned peace activist Dr. Wee Teck Young his well-deserved award are probably the same factors that persuaded U.S. consular officials to deny him entry to the United States. The question is whether we can be a voice to affirm that his work has value in the United States, where awareness of the costs of war, and of the lives of ordinary Afghans, is desperately needed.
One of several murals being created by Kabul's
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 17, 2018
A Mile in Their Shoes The U.S. continues to seek security through dominance and military might. It's a futile effort. The Helmand to Kabul peace walkers display a better means of securing peace: the path of fellowship with our neighbors on this planet, of living simply so that others might simply live, and of willingness to share, even partially, in the human hardship and precarity others face.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Fear and Learning in Kabul Essentially, when Voices members go to Kabul, our "work" is to listen to and learn from our hosts and take back their stories of war to the relatively peaceful lands whose actions had brought that war down upon them.
Destroyed house in Yemen., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 15, 2021
Abandoning Yemen? For nearly four years, alleged abuses suffered by Yemenis whose basic rights to food, shelter, safety, health care and education were horribly violated, all while they were bludgeoned by Saudi and U.S. air strikes, drone attacks, and constant warfare since 2014.
Israeli Navy fires on Gaza Fishermen on November 28, 2012 Photo: Maher Alaa, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 30, 2012
Refusing to Acquiesce in Gaza :Observations after Operation "Pillar of Cloud" The wounds from operation "Pillar of Cloud" are obvious and the stories we have heard are tragic, but a spirit of resilience and determination is equally visible in the eyes of the families we have visited. Last night, Gazans were in the streets celebrating the UN General Assembly's decision to upgrade Palestine's status to a non-member observer state.
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.
Afghanistan, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan Under President Biden, the United States would likely abide by Trump's recent troop withdrawals, maintaining a troop presence of about 2,000. But Biden has indicated a preference for intensified Special Operations, surveillance and drone attacks. These strategies could cause the Taliban to nullify their agreement, prolonging the war through yet another presidency.
Fatima in her mud house compound, with Ali,  an Afghan Peace Volunteer teacher who helped Fatima get a proper medical assessment, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 21, 2015
Predators, Near and Far
Female Construction Engineers, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 28, 2014
Women’s Liberation at Barefoot College A few months ago, the Afghan Peace Volunteers began planning to send a small delegation of young women to India as guests of Barefoot College , a renowned initiative that uses village wisdom, local knowledge and practical skills available in the rural areas to improve villagers' lives.
Twelve children killed in the Kunar province, April 2013, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Tales in a Kabul Restaurant It's one thing to chronicle sparse details about these U.S. led NATO attacks. It's quite another to sit across from Afghan men as they try, having broken down in tears, to regain sufficient composure to finish telling us their stories. "What can we do," they asked, "when both sides are targeting us?"
Afghan Street Children with volunteers at the Borderfree Center, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Which Side Are We On?
Tea Ceremony, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 3, 2016
Visits and Conversations in a Kabul Winter The path out of war seems to involve creating peace where we can, in earnest community with people whose basic needs aren't met. As the APVs put it, it involves creating a green and equal world, acting conscientiously to abolish war.
Bell, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 20, 2014
For Whom the Bell Tolls This month, from Atlanta, GA, the King Center announced its "Choose Nonviolence" campaign, a call on people to incorporate the symbolism of bell-ringing into their Martin Luther King Holiday observance, as a means of showing their commitment to Dr. King's value of nonviolence in resolving terrible issues of inequality, discrimination and poverty here at home. The call was heard in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 24, 2015
Let It Shine Imagine children lustily singing the above lines which eventually became a civil rights anthem. Their innocence and happy resolve enlightens us. Yes! In the face of wars, refugee crises, weapon proliferation and unaddressed climate change impacts, let us echo the common sense of children. Let goodness shine.
Farzana, in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 2, 2012
Farzana, "2 Million Friends' and a Ceasefire in Afghanistan "Why do the women of the world believe that guns and bombs which kill can promote women's rights in Afghanistan?" Part of Farzana's dream for the war to end will be enthusiastically pursued through the "2 Million Friends' campaign for peace, a campaign of Farzana and the Afghan Peace Volunteers to find "2 Million Friends' around the world to organize activities on December 10 calling for a ceasefire in Afghanistan.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter In this season of stale appeals to support the supposed lesser of two evils, Kathy Kelly reminds us of the actual cost Afghan women and children and their families are paying for Barack Obama's decision to continue the war in Afghanistan at least till 2014. It's a set of facts that ought to be constantly before us --- how will our votes and our actions after this election impact their struggles for dignity and survival?
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We Don't Want You to Swim in the River leaving people with nothing when you have everything is as serious a crime as shooting them.
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The Sky as it Falls I'm privileged to watch young and vulnerable practitioners of peacemaking risk their own safety to advocate for those even less safe. And poverty, which descends from war, which engenders war, equals danger as surely as war does. Now the same organizers will be traveling across the United States as the Caravan for Peace, calling for an end to drug wars and military wars.
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Replanting Beata said that she and her community have tried traditional forms of activism, to no avail, and so now they try their form of activism which involves praying to the spirits. They pray to the spirits for the politicians and they wish the politicians would pray to their ancestral spirits.
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Thirsting for Justice My friends at MECA and the Thirsting for Justice Campaign have invited us all to become more sensitive to the plight of Gazans and Palestinians throughout the West Bank, as they try to believe that we are all part of one another, that we all have the same blood and water running through our veins.
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Bowe Bergdahl and the Voice of War War -- this war and the many others like it -- has changed us. It demands that a young man brutalized in captivity, that over a hundred of his counterparts brutalized daily in Guantanamo, never meet with any compassion from us ever again.
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Learning from the Courage of Ali-- Right Livelihood Ali, an 11 year old boy was severely injured by accident. While he was climbing a high voltage tower, the power was turned on. Electricity surged through his body, leaving him armless. It seemed a miracle that he survived. He is bright, energetic, and thoroughly engaging. Brian Wilson was similarly maimed, but by intentional US military action on US soil.

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