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Other Lands Have Dreams: Letters From Pekin Prison

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In the spring of 2004, human rights activist Kathy Kelly, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was sent to Pekin Federal Prison for leading a protest at the School of the Americas. While in prison, Kelly’s organization, Voices in the Wilderness, was targeted by a US State Department lawsuit charging that Kelly violated US-imposed sanctions when she took humanitarian ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by AK Press
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P.J. Sullivan
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Americans

This book is a good antidote to the mainstream media. This is the American assault on Iraq without the spin, as witnessed by an unembedded American who was there voluntarily, in solidarity with the local people. It is a cry of protest against what Americans are doing to the rest of the world, specifically to Iraq. The sanctions against Iraq were “child abuse” and “child sacrifice.” The United Nations is a “battered woman” bullied by the U.S. rogue superpower, the “world’s greatest killing machin
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book. I think a lot of the time, pacifism isn't taken seriously because no one is ever provided with information about what it might look like on a bigger scale. Kathy Kelly breaks it down very well and talks further about the connections between public and private violence and about the connections between war and the prison system (which blew my mind). Her writing and personal story is so welcoming and inspiring, I wish this was required reading in every high school l ...more
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredible. Every person living in the US should read this book. I found myself crying several times.
Jan 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a very tough book to read. Kelly is a peace activist. She has been jailed for refusing to pay taxes and for participating in peaceful demonstrations, and she has traveled to Iraq, delivering medical and humanitarian supplies during the US's sanctions in the 90's and during the war. She's held malnourished children as they died from bomb wounds, she's visited Iraq hospitals which are bereft of basic equipment and can't help a struggling population, she's seen American troops in Iraq guar ...more
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting--I usually read novels, but bought it for my son who is a politics student. I decided to read it first. I knew the people of Iraq suffered and still do suffer great hardships. I was however shocked to read how people are treated in prisons in the US.
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
what a beautiful human being.
Bruce Fogerty
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This book serves as a good reminder how economic sanctions and warfare hurt a large percentage of the besieged country's most vulnerable while hardly touching those in power. Serves as a haunting reminder that war and siege accomplish little except to destroy the lives of the poor, the elderly, and children. The writing is a bit tedious though. Probably because it is a collection of letters and newspaper columns rather than a coherent treatise on the subject matter. It also offers absolutely no ...more
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Madeleine by: Democracy Now
I don't really know what I can say about this book other than that you should read it. Every American should read it.

Kathy Kelly is amazing, and I wish I had 1/100th of her courage to nonviolently resist war and fight for human rights. I suppose, if I met her or other people who have gone to Iraq with her over the years, that they would probably say that it is ordinary people like me who have these convictions but don't act on them, that we are the ones who need to step up and do something.

Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kathy Kelly embodies the ideal of concern and compassion for others. Kelly has served time in prison for her peacemaking including a stint in Pekin Federal Prison Camp for crossing the line at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. If you ever wondered why some people do civil disobedience, this book is a good place to start. Kathy Kelly is one of my heroes. I do know her, so I my review may be biased.
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Kathy Kelly grew up on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, and became a school teacher. In 1995 she helped found "Voices in the Wilderness," a Chicago-based group dedicated to circumventing the sanctions imposed upon Iraq. Made many trips to Iraq to deliver medicines and humanitarian aid, in violation of the sanctions. A war tax refuser, she has been arrested and jailed many times for non-vio ...more
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