The experience of attending and graduating from Smith College during the Vietnam War era (with Julie Nixon as a classmate) exposed Kennedy to new ideas and perspectives. The seeds of an activist and world citizen were born.
Nonviolence is her core political principle, learned in weekly classes after 9/11 taught by Rev. James Lawson, whom Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “the teacher” for his educating activists in nonviolent theory and practice at the start of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s.
Kennedy was the founding Advisory Board Chair of Progressive Democrats of America in 2004 and remains on its National Board in a leadership role on the Election Integrity Team.
Her work in Election Integrity is nationally recognized, from Capitol Hill to LA County; where she served on the Advisory Panel for LA’s new paper-ballot voting system.
Her 1-woman play about 19th century suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage wove the spiritual and political activism of Gage with today’s need for reproductive justice and conscious parenting. She was proud to stand with the “MOM” cast and producers in donating the show’s 2017 Emmy budget to Planned Parenthood.
Kennedy and the PDA were instrumental in convincing Bernie Sanders to run in the 2016 Democratic Presidential primary; hosting Sanders’ first LA fundraiser in her home. She has also worked with the Office of the Americas against the covert wars in Central America and Artists United to Win Without War.