November 8 Festival of Hope – Recording

The recording of the webinar can be watched on CodePink’s YouTube channel at;


Our Host/Facilitator, Lydia Wylie-Kellerman, will welcome everyone to the event and during the program, Lydia will introduce each person before they speak. Because this is a webinar, we won’t be able to see all the people watching the event, so Lydia, if you can encourage people to say hello and where they are from in the “chat” feature, that would be great.

Hello from, and Buddhist Prayer/Chant Jun-san Yasuda 3mins.

Sharing: Jeannine Hill-Fletcher 3-5 mins.
Leona Morgan 3-5 mins.
Ed Horgan 3-5 mins.

Music: Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters

Sharing: Liz Theoharis 3-5mins.
Martha Hennessy 3-5 mins.
Revolution of the Heart 2:48 min Movie Clip
More defendants possibly 3-5mins.

Music: Rosie Newton

Sharing: Marion Kuepker 3-5
Kathy Kelly 3-5
Ralph Hutchison 3-5

Blessing Fr. Ben Jimenez 3 minutes

Bios of all the participants:

Lydia Wylie-Kellerman is a mother/activist and editor of Geez magazine and co-editor of Lydia lives in Detriot, MI with her family.

Jun-san Yasuda Jun-san is originally from Japan and is part of the Nipponzan Myohoji order and lives at the Grafton Peace Pagoda near Albany NY. She has crossed the country four more times on foot and logged in several thousand additional miles for the cause of peace. She walks beating her drum while chanting a prayer for peace, a chant she will share with us today.

Jeannine Hill-Fletcher is a friend of Martha and Carmen in New York City, since she was invited by them to participate in a clarification of thought sharing her research on racism and White supremacy (she is a professor of Theology at Fordham University in the Bronx). As a Catholic theologian, Jeannine served as an expert witness on behalf of the Kings Bay Plowshares at the evidentiary hearing in November 2018, asking the court to recognize their prophetic actions as protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Leona Morgan is Diné, and grew up on the Navajo Nation. She has been fighting nuclear colonialism since 2007. Leona co-founded Diné No Nukes, to address uranium mining as part of the entire nuclear fuel chain; and Nuclear Issues Study Group, which works to “protect New Mexico from all things nuclear.” Leona is also part of the international campaign Don’t Nuke The Climate that focuses on nuclear energy as a global climate issue.

Ed Horgan- joining us from Ireland. Ed served 22 years as an army officer – retired with the rank of Major, and spent over 2 years on UN peacekeeping duty in the Middle East. Ed has worked as a civilian election monitor in 20 countries mostly in countries that have experienced recent conflicts: Balkans, Middle East, Asia and Africa. He has been actively involved as a peace activist since 2001, in Ireland and internationally. He has been arrested or detained at Shannon airport on 8 occasions and charged with various offenses on 7 occasions and has been found not guilty on all occasions. He is still before the courts for going in over the fence at Shannon airport to search and investigate 2 US Navy aircraft and allegedly writing DANGER DANGER DO NOT FLY on the engine of one plane. Ed was also charged in connection with an attempt to arrest US President GW Bush at Shannon airport on 24 March 2004.

Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters Tom Chapin’s career spans five decades, 26 albums and three Grammy Awards. He will sing with his daughters, Lily and Abigal. Lily and Abigail Chapin are singing, songwriting sisters known for pristine harmonies and haunting melodies. Tom is Martha Hennessy’s cousin.

Liz Theoharis is an American theologian who is the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival, and the Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church.

Revolution of the Heart(film clip) Today is Dorothy Day’s 123rd birthday. We are so grateful to Dorothy for all of the ways that she tried to live the gospel call to care for one another, to love one another. It seems poignant now as Martha is preparing for sentencing, that we bring Dororthy’s witness against nuclear weapons to mind. Here is a 3 min clip from the Revolution of the Heart documentary that was on PBS recently

Rosie Newton plays a wide range of musical styles, from Irish and Old-time to country and pop. She has toured the Northeast playing zydeco fiddle with Louisiana legend Preston Frank. Rosie currently performs in a duo with Richie Stearns, and plays with the band, Rose and the Bros.

Marion Kuepker- is peace referent for the German branch of Fellowship of Reconciliation on the issue of nuclear weapons, she is spokeswoman for the German campaign Büchel is everywhere! nuclear weapons free now representing over 70 organisations/peace groups, Marion received for the campaign the Peace prize of the city Aachen in 2019.

Kathy Kelly- co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare.

During each of several recent trips to Afghanistan, Kathy Kelly, as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working-class neighborhood in Kabul. She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe that “where you stand determines what you see.” She was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-89) and spent three months in prison, in 2004, for crossing the line at Fort Benning’s military training school. As a war tax refuser, she has refused payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.

Ralph Hutchison- is the Coordinator of the Oak Ridge Enviromental Peace Aliance and lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. OREPA is a member of ICAN and the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.

Fr. Ben Jimenez is a Jesuit priest and is the Parochial Vicar at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and a practitioner of nonviolence having served time in federal prison for resistance to the School of the Americas.