Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) will host a presentation by well-known peace activist Kathy Kelly on Wednesday, January 29. The presentation will be held in the Brainerd United Church of Christ (UCC) Adult Forum Room at 7 p.m. The UCC is located at 415 Juniper Street, Brainerd, near Gregory Park. The Adult Forum Room is located in the upstairs section of the UCC.
Kathy Kelly is a longtime peace activist. She is a co-coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a national peace group.
Kelly has traveled extensively to Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza, and South Korea. She organized over 70 trips to Iraq between 1996 and 2003 to oppose U.S. sanctions on Iraq and deliver food and medicine to Iraqis suffering under the sanctions. She stayed in Iraq at the beginning of the Iraq War in March 2003 to document the suffering the war caused Iraqis.
Kelly works with Afghan Peace Volunteers in Afghanistan, an organization trying to end the Afghan War and provide education and job training for young Afghans. She protested against the construction of the U.S.-South Korean naval base on Jeju Island. Wikipedia has an extensive biography on Kathy Kelly at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Kelly#Voices_in_the_Wilderness,_1996%E2%80%932003.
Kathy Kelly spoke in Brainerd at the Brainerd public library in June 2012 at a BACP hosted presentation. She spoke at the Franciscan Sisters Convent in Little Falls in July 2015. Kelly is an excellent speaker who provides solid, first hand information about the nations she visits. Her presentations in Minnesota in late January/early February 2020 will focus on the effects of sanctions and war on Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen.
Kelly will discuss the danger of a U.S. war on Iran in the aftermath of the U.S. drone assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and several other people at the Baghdad International Airport on Friday, January 3. Kelly's presentation will discuss how people living in the United States can oppose U.S. wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
There will be a question and answer session after Kelly's presentation. Free will donations are welcome to support Voices for Creative Nonviolence's peace and justice work.
Everyone is welcome to join Kathy Kelly's presentation. Please join us.
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