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International peace activist to speak at NIU

September 6, 2011
Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly, a Chicago-based peace activist, will visit NIU this month to address recent experiences in Afghanistan. She also will talk about her travels to Pakistan and Gaza.

She will speak at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Lincoln Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Kelly is the co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. She has traveled to Afghanistan four times since May of 2010, working closely with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers in search of non-military solutions to end the war.

In 2009, she lived in Gaza during the Operation Cast Lead Bombing; later that year, Voices visited Pakistan, aiming to learn more about the effects of U.S. drone warfare. Kelly and her companions lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing.

From 1996 to 2003, Voices activists formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Kelly also headed to Gaza on the “Freedom Flotilla II” in June of 2011, and was prevented from visiting Palestine both by sea and after flying into Israel.

The talk is free and open to the public. For those attending from the community, parking is free at NIU beginning at 7 p.m. The talk is co-sponsored by the NIU Department of History and the DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace and Justice.

Call (815) 793-0950 for more information.