Lay Down My Sword and Shield

An eight-week online course taught by Kathy Kelly starting April 2021

Registration now open

Dear Friends,
We’re writing today to invite your participation in a course Kathy Kelly will teach, during April and May, as part of the School for Social and Cultural Change. Kathy’s course is entitled: “Lay Down My Sword and Shield.” Each week, a reflection is offered along with links to related materials. Also once a week, participants will gather for a Zoom conversation. Participants will include young people who’ve been educating Kathy for some years, including several who are in far away spots like Afghanistan, Mongolia, and India. Kathy’s is one of multiple courses being offered. We just learned a few days ago that Noam Chomsky and Mary Waterstone will offer a course called “Consequences of Capitalism.”
An overview for Kathy’s course says:
This course will help participants clarify their views about participating in, paying for or in any way tolerating warfare. The teacher, Kathy Kelly, is mainly familiar with wars waged by the U.S., having lived alongside people trapped by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, there is much to learn from people still trapped in war zones or seeking refuge from wars. Articles, interviews, films, art, literature and data will be presented about ongoing wars against Yemen, the West Bank and Gaza. By laying aside the futility of war, and thereby dismantling militarism, we can then rationally discuss solving the very real terrors we face, particularly the terrors of what we are doing to our own environment. Participants will be encouraged to develop written reflections which can be useful as eventual letters to the editor, op-eds, homilies, and correspondence directed to elected officials, CEOs of weapon making companies, and various community leaders who should be working to end all wars. Through conversations with one another, participants will ideally build individual and collective skills enabling us, week by week, to speak truthfully about the costs of war and the price of peace.
Here is the link to the school:
If you’d like to enroll, just follow the link. And below is information about the school’s sponsors. As ever, we’re grateful to be staying in touch with you.

Sean Reynolds, Sarah Ball and Kathy Kelly
for “To End All Wars”


Kathy Kelly and Voices for Creative Nonviolence was a WNPJ group -

SSCC is sponsored/hosted by two organizations described and linked below - PARC Media and RevolutionZ. The sponsors handle maintenance, promotion, and other technical details, aiding faculty and students alike.
 PARCMedia is a news and media project founded by two USMC veterans, Sergio Kochergin & Vince Emanuele. They give a working-class take on issues surrounding politics, ecology, community organizing, war, culture, and philosophy. PARCMedia offers video and audio podcasts and uses a space it maintains for all manner of gatherings, social, cultural, political.
RevolutionZ is a podcast hosted by Michael Albert. It addresses vision and strategy for a better future. It is all about what we want and how we get it. The word “Revolution” indicates attention to transforming basic underlying social relations and structures, not solely replacing bad actors and policies. The letter “Z” identifies with the web host, Z Communications/ZNet.