Kathy Kelly to Speaks on Afghanistan on Maine tour

Posted Aug. 16, 2012, at 1:23 p.m.

Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence

“The Cost of War, the Price of Peace: Hard Questions About U.S. War in Afghanistan”

Tuesday, August 21st, 7:00 p.m.

Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine

96 Harlow Street, Bangor

Having returned recently from her eighth visit to Afghanistan in August 2012) will present perspectives of Afghan Peace Volunteers on prospects for their future in relation to NATO and the U.S. 21st Century military. Kathy and her companions at Voices for Creative Nonviolence have steadily researched consequences of drone attacks, night raids and aerial bombings in Afghanistan. Through maps, photos and 3 minute videos, Kelly will consider some of the reasons why the U.S. government plans to continue U.S. military presence in Afghanistan until 2024 and beyond. She will also talk about responsible nonviolent resistance to U.S. warfare.

From l996 to 2093 Voices actives 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. She was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (l988-l989) 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 l980.

She and her companions at the Voices home/office in Chicago believe that non-violence necessarily involves simplicity, service, sharing resources and non-violent direct action in resistance to war and oppression.

Kathy Kelly’s Maine Tour

Portland on Mon., 20th – Pat Taub – 542-7199

6:30-7:30 PM – First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland

Sponsored by Codepink Maine and Codepink Portland

Bangor on Tues, 21st – Ilze Petersons – 942-9343

7:00 p.m. Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow Street, Bangor

Sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine

Brunswick on Weds, 22nd – Selma Sternlieb – 725-7675

7:00 PM – the Morrell Room of Curtis Memorial Library – Brunswick

Sponsored by: Occupy Bath Brunswick

Rockland on Thurs, 23rd – Steve Burke – 691 – 0322

7:00 PM – First Universalist Church – 345 Broadway, Rockland

Sponsored by the Midcoast Peace and Justice Group

Belfast on Fri, 24th – Rick McDowell

6:30 P.M. – Unitarian Universalist Church 37 Miller St., Belfast

Sponsored by UU Social Action Committee

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