3-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee discusses peacemaking in permanent warfare state
Kathy Kelly, internationally known peace activist, author and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare, will discuss "Peacemaking in a Permanent Warfare State" from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Lombard Mennonite Church, 528 E. Madison St., Lombard.
In her talk, Kelly, a three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, will discuss the consequences of U.S. militarism abroad and at home with a particular emphasis on Yemen and Afghanistan.
According to Kelly, since 2001 the U.S. has caused irreparable major losses in Afghanistan. In Yemen, Saudi Arabian airstrikes supported by the U.S. military have resulted in massive civilian casualties. Kelly will address what the consequences of such actions are abroad and at home in the U.S. and how we can take a stand against such activities in the name of peace.
During her career as peace activist extending back some three decades, Kelly has traveled to war zones and lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua.
The past two years have seen Voices for Creative Nonviolence help organize vigils and forums about conflict-driven, near-famine conditions in Yemen and North Africa.
Sponsored by the West Suburban Faith-based Peace Coalition, "Peacemaking in a Permanent Warfare State" is part of the Educational Forum series WSFPC offers monthly.
All programs are free of charge and open to the public.
For more information about this program or the Educational Forum series, contact WSFPC at (630) 510-8500, ext. 104.
West Suburban Faith-based Peace Coalition is an initiative of faith-based peace makers from Chicago's western suburbs and the general Chicago area. It includes clergy, congregations, other peace organizations and more. It is committed to sustaining the work of peace through activities such as vigils, public witness, peace education, lobbying/legislative initiatives, and interfaith dialogue. It is an affiliate of Fellowship of Reconciliation and donations are tax deductible.