Kathy Kelly Speaks: Kabul to Syracuse to Niagara Falls

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 7:00pm
1340 Lancaster Ave, Syracuse
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Kathy Kelly will speak on "Kabul to Syracuse to Niagara Falls: A walk to Ground the Drones and End the Wars." Her talk kicks off the Undrone Upstate walk, a 165-mile walk from Hancock Air Base to Niagara Falls Air Base from October 7 through October 21. Both bases are sites of drone operations, including training and remote piloting of drones over Afghanistan. The Walk, organized by the Upstate Coalition, will include outreach programs at colleges and community centers along the way, including Rochester, Brockport, and Niagara Falls. Kathy will be joining us on the walk for several days.

Kathy is the perfect person to speak the night before the Walk starts. During each of fourteen trips to Afghanistan since 2010, Kathy Kelly has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. She and other Voices for for Creative Nonviolence activists have been guests of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. They share in common a belief that “where you stand determines what you see.”

She has also joined with activists in various regions of the country to protest drone warfare in demonstrations outside of U.S. military bases in Nevada, Syracuse, and, most recently, Missouri. From January to April 2015, Kathy was imprisoned in Lexington, KY after a federal judge convicted her for attempting to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter about drone warfare to the commander of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

This event is sponsored by the Syracuse Peace Council and the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.

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