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Colleen Kelly


Colleen Kelly is a community organizer and activist raised in St. Louis.  She is part of the Catholic Worker community, and is  co-running a house of hospitality for homeless women and children in North St. Louis since 2008.  Kelly has been a community organizer with the St. Louis Instead of War Coalition since 2005 and in 2009, she helped form the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, (PSC).  Kelly has played a strong role in organizing for Occupy St. Louis, Midwest Rising, People’s Settlement, Camp Hope, the Occupation Project in conjunction with various national organizations, such as Voices for Creative Nonviolence, United for Peace and Justice, and American Friends Service Committee.  Kelly is a speaker and trainer on anti-oppression work, anti-militarization and nonviolence.  She has been involved in the "St. Louis Dump Veolia" campaign since its inception.

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Water is our most essential shared resource. The quality of our water relates directly to our health and the well-being of our city. 

Public reinvestment and political commitment to public water is critical. St. Louis does face real challenges. We need to address the declining population, increasing environmental management issues and especially our need to reinvest in our aging water infrastructure.