Kathy Kelly has been incarcerated at Lexington Federal Medical Center's Prison Camp for 90 days after attempting to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the commander of Whiteman Air Force base, asking him to stop his troops from piloting lethal drone flights over Afghanistan from within the base.
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Prison Number 04971-045 FMC LEXINGTON FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER SATELLITE CAMP P.O. BOX 14525 LEXINGTON, KY 40512
A Future in Prison
by Kathy Kelly
"In Afghanistan, where the noise of air strikes and civil war have faded to the buzz of drones and the silence of empty promises, our friends in the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs) continue their peace building efforts. Last week, eighty street children walked from the APV center to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission office to assert their right to education. Their signs expressed their determination to help create a school for street children. One sign said, “We don’t want your charity. We want dignity."Read more
Israeli arms company and UK government “running scared” from accusation of war crimes by rooftop protestors
Activists have accused the UK government and Israeli arms company Elbit Systems of running scared from a court case that would have put their collusion with Israeli war crimes on trial.
This follows the announcement that all charges have been dropped against nine campaigners who occupied the roof of an Elbit Systems factory in Staffordshire during Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza. This means that the UK government will no longer be required to reveal details of the arms trade with Israel, and Elbit will avoid having to testify about the use of its drones during Israel’s massacre in Gaza last summer.
The protest shut down UAV Engines, owned by Israel’s Elbit Systems, for two days from 5-6 August 2014 during Israel’s 50 day assault on the Gaza strip.
The Israeli-owned factory exports engines to Israel for use in Elbit’s Hermes 450 drones, that are widely documented as having been used to deliberately attack Palestinian civilians in Gaza, as well as being used extensively by the US/ NATO during their occupation of Afghanistan.