Kathy Kelly


Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, discusses her article “The Ghost and the Machine” about the lack of accountability and morality in remote-control drone warfare; her recent visit to Afghanistan, where children are starving and freezing in refugee camps across the street from enormous, well-provisioned US military bases; the myth of humanitarian wars; and the coming arms race in unmanned drone aircraft.

MP3 here. (22:30)

Kathy Kelly currently helps coordinate the Voices for Creative Nonviolence campaign. She helped initiate Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to end the UN/US sanctions against Iraq. For bringing medicine to Iraq in open violation of the UN/US sanctions, she and other campaign members were notified of a proposed $163,000 penalty for the organization, threatened with 12 years in prison, and eventually fined $20,000, a sum which they’ve refused to pay.

Kelly helped organize and participated in nonviolent direct action teams in Haiti (summer of 1994), Bosnia (August, 1993, December, 1992) and Iraq (Gulf Peace Team, 1991). In April of 2002, she was among the first internationals to visit the Jenin camp, where conventional military forces of the Israeli Defense Force had destroyed over 100 civilian homes, in the Occupied West Bank.

In 1988, she was sentenced to one year in prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites. Kelly served nine months of the sentence in Lexington KY maximum security prison. In the spring of 2004, she served three months at Pekin federal prison for crossing the line as part of an ongoing “School of the Americas Watch” effort to close an army military combat training school at Fort Benning, GA.

Kelly is active with the Catholic Worker movement and, as a pacifist and war tax refuser, has refused payment of all Federal income tax since 1980.

4 thoughts on “Kathy Kelly”

  1. Kathy Kelly is, in my view, the epitome of all that is good about America. Her work to eradicate unprovoked war of aggression, and war-induced familial dislocation, hunger and crushing poverty is in the highest tradition of human interest and protocol. Courageous, in the face of sate-sponsored terror aimed at discrediting criticism and or opposition to the machinations of government through imprisonment and harrassment, she really deserves the Medal of Freedom.

  2. Empire USA enslaving lower half of society — Worldwide

    In our homeland we see legalized killers establishing a police state over the uneducated lower half of society. For law enforcement is all of the intelligent middle-class, they spend 95% of their time policing laboring men, and they have a license to kill any man in a slum who refuses to instantly raise his hands in the air.

    In the lower-class farm lands and rural areas of Africa, the Middle-East and all of Asia, we see intelligent middle-class Drone technicians assonating and target killing the lower half of society. For have you ever heard of a Drone attack in any city where the upper-half of society reside?

    For Empire USA is ruled by the voting majority, the 51% most educated and wealthy, and a service to God they figure is it to reduce the population of the uneducated lower half. For is this not what the religion of evolution is all about?

  3. American exceptionalism

    To self-actualize, as Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs would describe it, to “Be All You Can Be,” to earn all you can earn, take all you can take, own all you can own and to be a dictator over all who are on land that you own.

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