Talk: Peace in Afghanistan

September 23, 2013

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Engineering Building, room 220


Kelly and Bell
Kathy Kelly, top, and Buddy Bell

Join us for the presentation, "Seeing through the smokescreen: Paths to peace in Afghanistan," presented by two activists with the group "Voices for Creative Nonviolence."  You'll get a first-hand look at life under occupation in Afghanistan and will learn about the group's efforts to accompany the Afghan Peace Volunteers, a community of nonviolence based in Kabul. This speaking tour is the start of a Voices campaign calling for a program of independently administered reparations to rebuild Afghanistan's agricultural infrastructure destroyed by over thirty years of continuous war and occupation. For more about the group, see the Voices for Creative Nonviolence website

Founding Voices member and co-coordinator Kathy Kelly has been to Afghanistan twelve times as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. From 1996–2003, she helped lead 70 delegations to Iraq as part of an international campaign to end economic sanctions. She and her companions at Voices believe that non-violence necessarily involves simplicity, service, sharing of resources and non-violent direct action in resistance to war and oppression. She has a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Religious Education from Chicago Theological Seminary.

A Voices member since 2005 and a co-coordinator since 2012, Buddy Bell has been to Afghanistan three times as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. He recently helped organize two 200-mile walks: the first opposing the 2011 NATO summit in Chicago, the second opposing the construction of a drone base in Iowa.

This event is sponsored by the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), and co-sponsored by the Gesu Peace and Justice Committee. CLASA programs are free and open to the public.  Look for other events and updates on the CLASA website.

Afghan boy: I wish to live without wars.

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Contact: Gail Presbey, director of CLASA
Phone: 313-993-1124
Email: presbegm@udmercy.edu