Kathy Kelly's blog


Why go to Russia?

Since 1983, Sharon Tennison has worked to develop ordinary citizens’ capacities to avert international crises, focusing on relations between the U.S. and Russia. Now, amid a rising crisis in relations between the U.S.

De-Incarceration, a Different Drum so Needed


Razia, Maya, Sabia, Kathy, Libby and Buddy participate in a walk from Chicago to Thomson prison. (VCNV photos.)

Building Trust in Afghanistan

Here in Kabul, I read a recent BBC op-ed by Ahmed Rashid, urging a “diplomatic offensive” to build or repair relationships with the varied groups representing armed extremism in Afghanistan. Rashid has insisted, for years, that severe mistrust makes it almost impossible for such groups to negotiate an end to Afghanistan’s nightmare of war.

Hammering for Peace

Jessica Reznicek arrested outside of Northrop Grumman Corporation in Nebraska. (Photo via Tumblr.)

Voices for Creative Nonviolence activists enter drone base with a loaf of bread

Camp Douglas, WI — On Tuesday, Brian Terrell and I, peace activists with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, were arrested when we attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to drone operators at Volk Field — an Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin which trains pilots to operate Shadow drones over o

Flowers from Guantanamo

December 20th -  Here in Kabul, young friends with the Afghan Peace Volunteers look forward  to learning more about “The Tea Project” in late December, when Aaron Hughes arrives, an artist, a U.S.

Breaking bread in Kabul

December 11, 2015 - Here in Kabul, over breakfast with Afghan Peace Volunteers, or APVs, we easily recalled key elements of the conflict resolution and peer mediation “train the trainers” workshops that Ellis Brooks, with Voices for Creative Nonviolence-UK

Killing Blind

“These are people who had been working hard for months, non-stop for the past week. They had not gone home, they had not seen their families, they had just been working in the hospital to help people… and now they are dead. These people are friends, close friends. I have no words to express this. It is unspeakable.

Learn Your Lessons Well: An Afghan teenager makes up his mind

Tall, lanky, cheerful and confident, Esmatullah easily engages his young students at the Street Kids School, a project of Kabul’s  “Afghan Peace Volunteers,” an antiwar community with a focus on service to the poor.  Esmatullah teaches child laborers to read.

Predators, Near and Far

September 21, 2015

#Enough! Fatima needs food and proper medical care, not war!