International Day of Peace will be celebrated again this year in Asheville, September 19 and 21. This year’s theme is “Climate Action for Peace.” "Because of the increasing importance of peace in a troubled world that spills over into our local WNC area, this year two special speakers have accepted our invitation to speak of our country's involvement in two volatile countries, Venezuela and Iran, " spokesperson Rachael Bliss notes. Daniel Kovalik, a human and labor rights lawyer living in Pittsburgh, will read from his recent book, The Plot of Overthrow Venezuela, at Malaprop's on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 PM. He has been a peace activist throughout his life and has been deeply involved in the movement for peace and social justice in Colombia and Central America. He was an attorney for Colombian Plaintiffs in cases alleging corporate complicity in egregious human rights violations. Kovalik, a 1993 graduate of Columbia Law School, was a co-recipient of the 2003 Project Censored Award for a story he co-wrote on the murder of trade unionists in Colombia. Kathy Kelly has traveled to war zones and lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua. She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe the U.S. should end all U.S. military and economic warfare and pay reparations for suffering already caused by U.S. wars. She will speak Saturday, September 21, at Battery Park's Roof Garden at 3 PM about the dangers of war against Iran. She has joined with activists in various regions of the U.S. to protest drone warfare by holding demonstrations outside of U.S. military bases in Nevada, California, Michigan, Wisconsin and Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri. In 2015, for carrying a loaf of bread and a letter across the line at Whiteman AFB she served three months in prison. She has served time in prison numerous times because of her acts of civil disobedience since the 1980s.
Also 11:30 am, Elder and Sage Community Garden and 3:00 pm Battery Park Roof Garden, Saturday, Sept. 21