February 6, 2007
Kathy Kelly Interview with Democracy Now!
Kathy Kelly joins us hours after being released from jail. She was one of ten people arrested in Sen. McCain’s office in Washington. Eight more were arrested in the Illinois offices of Senators Obama and Durbin. Kelly just returned from two months living and working with Iraqi refugees in Amman, Jordan.
The White House won an early victory Monday in the Congressional debate over the Iraq war. Republicans blocked voting on a non-binding resolution expressing disapproval of President Bush’s deployment of at least 21,000 troops. The measure would have marked the first Congressional effort since the invasion to confront President Bush over the war. Joseph Lieberman joined with the Republican filibuster. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Norm Coleman of Minnesota switched sides and voted with the Democrats.
As the Senate debated, a coalition of peace activists launched their own effort to oppose the war. Ten people were arrested occupying the offices of the staunchly pro-war and likely-presidential hopeful Senator John McCain. The activists sang the names of seventy-five servicemembers from McCain’s home-state of Arizona who died in Iraq and chanted “We remember you.”
The action is part of a new campaign called The Occupation Project: A Campaign of Sustained Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to End the Iraq War. It’s being led by the group Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Activists have promised to occupy offices of lawmakers who refuse to pledge to vote against additional war funding for the occupation of Iraq.
Kathy Kelly, Executive Director of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She is a veteran peace activist who’s just returned from two months living and working with Iraqi refugees in Amman, Jordan. She took part in the occupation of Senator McCain’s office and was released from jail just hours ago.
Includes a rush transcript of the interview