MCC Student Peace Hosting Peace Activists Art & Peggy Gish Friday at 7

After bringing in NIU Law Professor to Talk about a Book of Gitmo prisoner poetry, the McHenry County College Student Peace Group’s next speakers are from Ohio.

They are Art and Peggy Gish,  peace activists and organic farmers.

Mrs. Gish was a kidnapped in Iraq in 2007 as she was a “peace activist and witness.”

Mr. Gish is described as having gotten “in the way of Israeli military and settler violence against Palestinian civilians,” the press release, seen below.

They have both written books.


Art and Peggy Kish

Art and Peggy Kish

The McHenry County College Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) will host an informational seminar featuring Organic farmers Art and Peggy Gish who work as human rights activists for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an international organization “committed to reducing violence by getting in the way.”

They have been getting in the way of injustice and violence from Hebron to Baghdad. Peggy was in Iraq as peace advocate and witness before, during and following the 2003 U.S. invasion.

Art Kish standing in front Israeli tank.

Art Kish standing in front Israeli tank.

In 2007 she was kidnapped but released after only 2 days because she showed her captors a photo of her husband Art standing in front of an Israeli tank which had been smashing the central market in Hebron.

Art Gish has been part of CPT in Hebron since 1995, getting in the way of Israeli military and settler violence against Palestinian civilians.

He led a two day training course in nonviolence attended by Rachel Cory.

Art is the author of several books, including

“Hebron Journal: Stories of Nonviolent Peacemaking.”

Peggy is the author of

“IRAQ, A Journey of Hope and Peace,” a moving story of the horrors of war yet never dimming her vision of peace.

The event is part of SPAN’s Current American Issues Information Seminar Series. SPAN is made up of students promoting peace nationally and locally through action and education.

The event is co-sponsored by Pax Christi and the McHenry County Peace Coalition. The event is free and open to the public.

The college is located at 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake.  For more information, contact the MCC Student Activities Office at (815) 455-8772.

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