Kathy Kelly has traveled to war zones and lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia, Haiti and Nicaragua. She and her companions in various peace team delegations believe the U.S. should end all U.S. military and economic warfare and pay reparations for suffering already caused by U.S. wars. Since 2011, she made over 30 visits to Afghanistan as a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers.
In the past three years, Voices has helped organized actions calling for an end to U.S. support for war in Yemen and an end to the Israeli siege of Gaza.
Kathy has joined with activists in various regions of the U.S. to protest drone warfare. In 2015, for carrying a loaf of bread and a letter across the line at Whiteman AFB she served three months in prison. In 2009, she was part of a fast and vigil at Creech AFB in Nevada. At a trial for trespass at Creech AFB, the judge allowed expert witnesses to testimony and then concluded he needed four months to think about the case before he delivered a verdict. (He found Kelly and other defendants guilty and sentenced them to time served).
From 1996 – 2003, Voices activists formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Kelly traveled to Iraq 27 times, during that period. She and her companions lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing.
She was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-89) at Whiteman Air Force Base 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.