Kathy Kelly is the co-coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence in Chicago and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She recently returned from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Her topic is, "Ground the Drones, Lest We Reap the Whirlwind."
“Human interaction, negotiation, diplomacy and dialogue, not surveillance and bombing by robots, will ensure a more peaceful future at home and abroad.” Kathy Kelly
Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence in Chicago and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has recently returned from Pakistan and Afghanistan where she met with victims of drone warfare.
On September 14, she will stand trial in Las Vegas with two Catholic Workers from Iowa, Brian Terrell of Maloy and Renee Espeland of Des Moines and 11 others for trespassing At Creech Air Force Base in Nevada in April 2009. Creech is headquarters for the Air Force’s drone warfare program, from where unmanned planes (called “Predators” and “Reapers”) do surveillance and fire (“Hellfire”) missiles at targets on the other side of the globe.
The arrests came at the end of a ten day vigil, “Ground the Drones; Lest we Reap the Whirlwind, A witness in the desert that peace will come through love and not through predators armed with hellfire.” As this was one of the first public protests of this insidious new technology, a spirited defense, including an appeal to international law, is being prepared.
Kathy will be in Des Moines on July 30 to raise awareness about the drones and their effects and to raise funds for the defense of the ‘Creech 14.’
Donations to the defense fund can be made out and mailed to Strangers and Guests CW farm, 108 Hillcrest Drive, Maloy, Iowa 50836, with ‘Creech 14’ in the memo line.
This event is cosponsored Strangers and Guests Catholic Worker Farm, Voices for Creative Nonviolence and Catholic Peace Ministry. More cosponsors are invited.