Nukewatch Quarterly Summer 2015
By Kelly Lundeen
Hello Nukewatch community! My name is Kelly Lundeen. I am a mother, organizer, and teacher, and I recently become a staff member at Nukewatch. I first learned about Nukewatch in the late 1990s and I became radicalized by the work to end the sanctions and environmental movement in Earth First. Since then, I have been working to end corporate rule and build people power in Wisconsin, Colombia, South America, Minnesota and back home in rural Shell Lake, Wisconsin, not far from Nukewatch, where I now live with my partner and two-year-old daughter.
For three years I was a live-in volunteer at Casa Maria Catholic Worker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I helped provide shelter to homeless women and children while fighting the systemic causes of that poverty and working for immigrant rights. From 2002–2005, I lived in Colombia doing accompaniment with International Peace Observatory, an organization that accompanied peasant human rights organizations defending their lands from takeover by multinational companies through the use of the paramilitary and government army. I have been arrested six times in direct action against the military–industrial complex and corporate globalization, one of those arrests being at Project ELF, the nuclear submarine communication system in northern Wisconsin that Nukewatch worked for 15 years to close.
At Nukewatch I am thrilled to be a part of decades-long civil resistance to advance the mission of abolishing nuclear power and weapons, which I view as tools of US military and economic imperialism that deny the legitimacy of the human needs here in the US and around the world and prioritizes economic interests. I look forward to being part of a larger community—you all—that shares these concerns and is willing to take action for change!