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Three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly visits Rivendell Academy

Ms. Kelly and Mr. Bell will deliver their eye-witness testimonials and take your questions:
Sunday, October 20th
6:30 pm
Rivendell Academy

Just weeks back from the front of American's longest war, three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly is making a special visit to Rivendell Academy with fellow activist Buddy Bell. Kathy and Buddy are on a 35 state speaking tour to "challenge the U.S. government to end the cycle of war in Afghanistan by paying up on the original rhetoric offered as justification for war."

kathyDuring each of 12 recent trips to Afghanistan, as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, Kathy has lived alongside ordi nary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe that "where you stand determines what you see." From 1996 – 2003, Voices activists formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Kathy and her companions lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 "Shock and Awe" bombing. They have also lived alongside people during warfare in Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua. She was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-89) and spent three months in prison, in 2004, for crossing the line at Fort Benning's military training school. As a war tax refuser, she has refused payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.

buddyBuddy has been a co-coordinator with Voices for Creative Non- violence since January 2012. Since then he has organized two 200-mile walks, one a few months ago to build opposition to a proposed drone base in Iowa's capital Des Moines, and the other in protest of the 2011 NATO summit in Chicago. Buddy has visited Afghanistan three times. He was with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in November 2012 as they began the Duvet Project, an initiative to distribute locally made blankets to needy families in the midst of Kabul's extremely cold winter.

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