The Catholic Leader of Australia has, in its latest issue, a good profile of war tax resister Kathy Kelly. Excerpts:
“Too radical” is often the tag given to people like United States activist Kathy Kelly, soon to begin a series of talks and workshops in Brisbane based around her 35-year struggle to promote world peace.
It’s a crusade which put the former Catholic high school teacher in jail for nearly a year for planting corn on Missouri nuclear missile sites.
Ms Kelly’s response to an observation put by The Catholic Leader — that “the vast majority of the populace might find your ways of protest too radical” — was instructive.
“It’s interesting many societies believe it is normal and acceptable to send young people off to war zones,” she said.
“This is sometimes for years at a time, with the expectation that they will loan themselves to possibly kill or possibly be killed.
“And yet, it’s considered oddly radical when people who object to war’s cruel bloodshed, risk imprisonment for non-violently refusing to pay for or co-operate with war-making.”