Friday, August 5 (TONIGHT)
Kathy Kelly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq: The Costs of War, the Price of Peace
PCC - Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth (at Albina), Moriarity Arts Building Auditorium
Free and open to the public!
Accessible by Trimet buslines 4 and 72 to Albina and Killingsworth
Parking: PCC Campus parking is free to this event
Kathy Kelly travelled to Afghanistan three times in 2010, working closely with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers in search of nonmilitary solutions to end the war. In 2009, she lived in Gaza during the Operation Cast Lead bombing; later that year, Voices for Creative Nonviolence visited Pakistan, aiming to learn more about the effects of U.S. drone warfare. Kathy 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 santions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Kathy also headed to Gaza on the "Freedom Flotilla II" in June, 2011, and was prevented from visiting Palestine. With increasing calls for the troops to come home from Afghanistan, a looming deadline to withdraw from Iraq in December, and drone attacks reported at a rate of about twice weekly, Kathy Kelly's talk promises to be informative and transformative.
The event is being organized by Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group and is co-sponsored by the PCC Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Portland, Voices for Creative Nonviolence (Chicago), Peace Action West, and KBOO Community Radio. It has been endorsed by Portland Peaceful Response Coalition and Sisters of the Road.
Kathy is in Portland for the Veterans for Peace National Convention and will be a featured speaker at the Sunday, August 7, Hiroshima Day event.