Apr 132022
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Join us via Zoom on Thursday, April 21, 6pm for:
Kathy Kelly: “War Is Never The Answer”
An evening (via Zoom) with Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly is President of the Board of World BEYOND War, was a co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and Voices in the Wilderness, and is a co-coordinator of the Ban Killer Drones campaign (https://bankillerdrones.org/).

Kathy Kelly’s efforts to end wars began during the time of the Vietnam war, more than 60 years ago, and have led her to live in war zones and prisons over the past 35 years. A three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her activism to prevent the spread of violence, Kathy has also protested nuclear missile silo sites, the bombardment of Yemen, the occupation of Gaza, and the US drone policy and, while imprisoned, she worked to empower fellow imprisoned women.

Kathy Kelly was the recipient of the 2005 Peace Seeker of the Year Award (pdf file) from the Montana Peace Seekers Network.

The Zoom presentation by Kathy Kelly, “War Is Never The Answer,” will be followed by questions and conversation via Zoom, and also an in-person gathering at the Helena Library.

Zoom Meeting Information

To participate together as a group in the Zoom video meeting, join this April 21 Zoom meeting at:

Meeting ID: 861 2117 0772
Passcode: 791556

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About Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly has devoted most of her life to making peace. In 2009 and 2010, Kathy co-founded Voices for Creative Nonviolence. From 2010 – 2019, Voices organized dozens of delegations to visit Afghanistan, where they learned about casualties of U.S. military drone attacks. Kathy has participated in almost 30 peacemaking missions in Afghanistan. Voices also helped organize protests at U.S. military bases operating weaponized military drone attacks.

In 2003 while Kathy was in Baghdad, cradling an Iraqi child in her arms, she witnessed firsthand the US military’s massive, deadly “Shock and Awe” bombardment of Baghdad that began the 2003 invasion of Iraq (https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/03/16/shock-and-awe-then-and-now/).

Kathy was also a founding member of Voices in the Wilderness, precursor to Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and from 1996 to 2003, as a Voices in the Wilderness peacemaker, she brought food and medicine to Iraqi citizens and children’s hospitals in deliberate violation of the deadly, severe US (Bush and Clinton) and UN-imposed economic sanctions that began in 1990.

Kathy’s trips to Iraq began after it was revealed in 1995 by UNICEF and others that in the 1990-1996 period, an estimated 576,000 Iraqi children under the age of five had died as a result of those sanctions — as reported in the New York Times. The 1990-initiated sanctions were a total financial and trade sanctions/embargo (banning essentials including medicines, chlorine need to purify water supplies, and almost everything) imposed by the UN Security Council through Resolution 661, adopted on August 6, 1990 (See also “The Secret Behind the Sanctions against Iraq” [pdf file] by Tom Nagy, and “Razing the Truth About Sanctions Against Iraq”).

On April 4, 2022, Kathy Kelly wrote: “I have long appreciated the Helena Service for Peace and Justice (SERPAJ), which reached out to me to suggest this April 21 gathering, for supporting peace team efforts to resist wars.”

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Jul 072019

On July 12th, Montana cities will be joining hundreds of cities around the nation to stand together and call for an end to child and family detention at the border. We invite you to join us in expressing our horror at the conditions in the detention center and the deaths of seven children in America’s custody.

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May 272019

From May 29 to June 2, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace, nuclear disarmament, and justice action group — with more than 200,000 supporters nationwide — will be speaking in several Montana cities.

The full schedule is listed here on our website.

Martin’s Peace Action tour in Montana starts in Billings May 29, then Bozeman May 30, Butte May 31, Helena June 1, and Missoula June 2.

Kevin Martin has traveled abroad representing Peace Action and the U.S. peace movement on delegations and at conferences in Russia, Japan, China, Mexico and Britain.

This Peace Action speaking tour across the state of Montana is being arranged by the Helena Service for Peace and Justice (SERPAJ), founded 1990, and the Montana Peace Seekers network, founded 2001, with local co-sponsors in each community.

June 3, after 5 days of speaking and traveling across Montana and a brief rest with a visit to Glacier Park, Martin will head to Idaho and Utah for more meetings with peace action citizens.

About Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin is President of Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund, and joined the staff on Sept 4, 2001. Kevin previously served as Director of Project Abolition, a national organizing effort for nuclear disarmament, from August 1999 through August 2001.

Kevin came to Project Abolition after ten years in Chicago as Executive Director of Illinois Peace Action. Prior to his decade-long stint in Chicago, Kevin directed the community outreach canvass for Peace Action (then called Sane/Freeze) in Washington, D.C., where he originally started as a door-to-door canvasser with the organization in 1985.
Kevin’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, CounterPunch, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Village Voice, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Progressive, Z magazine and many other publications. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC-TV and radio, and many other local, national and international radio and television outlets.

Kevin has traveled abroad representing Peace Action and the U.S. peace movement on delegations and at conferences in Russia, Japan, China, Mexico and Britain.

Kevin Martin’s Writings and Interviews:

The Virginian-Pilot: “U.S. Should End Role in Yemen’s Civil War

USA Today: “Experienced Diplomats Badly Needed

Democracy Now: “Obama to Make History With Hiroshima Visit, As U.S. Quietly Upgrades Nuclear Arsenal

CounterPunch: “President Obama Should Meet A-Bomb Survivors

More Kevin Martin articles at CounterPunch: Links at https://www.counterpunch.org/author/kevmar0098/

  • U.S. Support for the Bombing of Yemen to Continue (September 14, 2018)
  • The Libya Model: It’s Not Always All About Trump (May 25, 2018)
  • Trump’s Military Madness Parade Actually Makes Sense (But Must Be Stopped!) (February 9, 2018)
  • Capitalize on the Olympic Truce, Formalize a Freeze for Freeze with North Korea (January 31, 2018)
  • We Just Paid our Taxes — Are They Making the U.S. and the World Safer? (April 24, 2017)
  • Let’s Come to Our Senses on Nukes (March 31, 2017)
  • Nuclear Weapons Modernization: a New Nuclear Arms Race? Who Voted for it? Who Will Benefit from It? (December 5, 2016)
  • No Fly, Safe and Humanitarian Zones — in the United States, not Syria (November 17, 2016)
  • US to the Rest of the World: “We Can’t Eliminate Nuclear Weapons, Because We Rely on Nuclear Weapons” (November 4, 2016)
  • Whose Finger? On What Button? (September 16, 2016)
  • Obama Should Go to Hiroshima, But Not Empty Handed (April 21, 2016)

More information:

About Peace Action

Peace Action: We Are Today’s Peace Movement

Peace Action works for smarter American approaches to global problems. If we want to address problems like war, the nuclear threat, poverty, global warming, terrorism — the U.S. needs to work together, cooperatively, with other nations.

It also means overcoming the partisan politics and divisive rhetoric that often drown out alternatives to war. By getting regular Americans involved, we build the political will needed to break through that deadlock. Our success comes from engaging average citizens in foreign policy issues like no other organization.

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