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Kathy Kelly & Ann Wright To Tour Iowa, May 1-7

Kathy Kelly and Ann Wright today announced that they will launch their “War and Refugees: Peace Is Possible” tour of Iowa in Wellman  on Sunday, May 1.  Kelly is the coordinator of Voices For Creative Nonviolence, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times, and was awarded the US Peace Memorial Foundation  Peace Prize in 2015. 

She will be going to Kabul, Afghanistan to continue her work with the Afghan Peace Volunteers immediately after the Iowa tour  Ann Wright is a retired Army Reserve colonel and a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves. She served many years in the U.S. State Department, and resigned in protest over the U.S. invasion of Iraq.  Ann will be coming to Iowa from a speaking tour in Europe and work with refugees on Lesvos Island.

Their speaking tour of Iowa will also include events in Dubuque, Bettendorf, Davenport, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines. The tour is sponsored by the three Iowa chapters of Veterans For Peace, with many co-sponsors in the various cities. Ann & Kathy are both members of the National Advisory Board for Veterans For Peace.

Kelly and Wright seek to raise the level of Iowans’ understanding of the causal relationship between U.S. war activities and the refugee crisis. The solution to the refugee crisis, and many other problems of our day, lies in working relentlessly for peace.