On September 14, the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids hosted the Linn County Veterans For Peace, as they put on an Afghan dinner for the public. Internationally renowned peace activist Kathy Kelly spoke after the meal. Kelly is a three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, who has been to Afghanistan seven times. She was also in Baghdad during the “shock and awe” bombing campaign and in Gaza during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead.
I was at the Islamic Center for that event, but guess who was not-the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Though a timely press release was sent and follow up call made, the Gazette chose not to cover the story or to interview Kelly.
The United States is entering its twelfth year of war in Afghanistan. No doubt, if Rockwell got a new contract as a result, there would be a story. But, a woman risking her own safety for the sake of peace merits no coverage. Big fail, Gazette-big fail!