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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Friday, May 16, 2014


Kathy Kelly being removed while blocking entrance to Navy base construction gate in Gangjeong village

Park Jung-Joo reports from Jeju Island, South Korea:

Peace Seminar of Gangjeong Peace School was held tonight at Peace Center in Gangjeong Village. Kathy Kelly gave us a talk of her experiences of peace activism in her life. She told us about people in Afghanistan, Iraq and in the US and how they have gone through the wars and fears caused by wars. It was really inspiring, challenging and also encouraging time for us. This is a poem she shared with us tonight in the middle of her talk.


by Daniel Berrigan

Some stood up once, and sat down.
Some walked a mile, and walked away.

Some stood up twice, then sat down.
“It’s too much,” they cried.
Some walked two miles, then walked away.
“I’ve had it,” they cried,
Some stood and stood and stood.
They were taken for fools,
they were taken for being taken in.
Some walked and walked and walked
they walked the earth,
they walked the waters,
they walked the air.
“Why do you stand?” they were asked, and
“Why do you walk?”
“Because of the children,” they said, and
“Because of the heart, and
“Because of the bread,”
“Because the cause is
the heart’s beat, and
the children born, and
the risen bread.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

colors, language, headlines
the new order do not own
the people despite breadlines
know from where they come

South Korea construction site ‘14
sky blue scarf and hat at brow
she is clown par excellence
No! Jeju naval base! Save Jeju Now!

A humanitarian eloquent
at times her code is pink
when she confronts her president
imploring him to think
You are the president!
and excoriating the CIA top man
Stop drone warfare!
on Somalia Yemen Pakistan

State Security carry her out
choking protesting all the way
putting country ahead of self
Freedom lives today!

5/16/14, 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got my protestors mixed up though they both have my high esteem. It is now part of a larger work. May there be many more noteworthy ones to come.

5/17/14, 3:29 PM  

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