Creative non-violence coordinator to speak at Unitarian Universalist

Aug 10, 2012

Belfast — A program on creative nonviolence will be presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the church, on Miller Street behind the library. The program, which is being sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the church, the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, and the Jim Harney Veterans for Peace, is free and open to the public.

Kathy Kelly, coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence, is presenting the program. Kelly, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times, has been living and working in Afghanistan and will speak about what life is like in a war zone. She also will discuss the “Afghan Peace Youth Volunteers” and their prospects for a future in the face of war and the U.S. military presence.

Kelly and her associates have researched the consequences of drone attacks, night raids and aerial bombing in Afghanistan. She believes the U.S. government plans to continue a military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

Since May of 2010, Kelly has visited Afghanistan eight times with small delegations intending to learn about the war conditions faced by the Afghan people, as well as ways to achieve a non-military solution to the war.

For more information on the program, call 342-2251.

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