Kathy Kelly – Special Guest Speaker for August 12 Meeting!

Kelly

PDACNM MEETING – AUGUST 12 @7:00
Maggie and Bob Greenberg’s home
745 W. Meadowlark, Corrales, 898-9314

Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence,
(www.vcnv.org) a campaign to end U.S. military and economic
warfare.

Kathy Kelly, well-known peace activist, has agreed to come speak at our PDA
meeting tomorrow night after the scheduled speaker. Sorry for the last-minute notice.
This just happened and we are very honored and thrilled that she will be there. Please let
me know if you are coming . We will try to squeeze everyone in. Meeting begins at 7.

During each of fourteen trips to Afghanistan since 2010, Kathy Kelly
has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class
neighborhood in Kabul. She and other Voices activists have been
guests of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. They share in common a belief
that “where you stand determines what you see.”
Kelly and her companions insist that the U.S. has not been waging a
“humanitarian war” in Afghanistan and that the U.S. should pay
reparations for the suffering caused in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
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,
Missouri.

From January to April 2015, Kathy was imprisoned in Lexington, KY
after a federal judge convicted her for attempting to deliver a loaf of
bread and a letter about drone warfare to the commander of
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.

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