Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation, will speak on “Eleven Years is Too Long: Ending the War in Afghanistan.” Randall, a Quaker, has been engaged in peace work since the 1980’s Nuclear Freeze movement and now leads FCNL, the oldest ecumenical lobby in Washington D.C. FCNL lobbies on a wide range of social justice, environmental, and peace issues, including finding peaceful solutions to deadly conflict.
An award-winning documentary about Patti Quigley and Susan Retik, a pair of women who lost their husbands in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks and who sought healing by reaching out to widows in Afghanistan. The Culture of Peace and Nonviolence Film Series is co-sponsored by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, AFSC, the Concord UU Church, NH Peace Action, NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates, and Temple Beth Jacob. Free to all. Note new location.
The turnout to see the Windows and Mirrors exhibit, American Friends Service Committee’s wonderful traveling exhibit of art on Afghanistan from artists around the country, has been very gratifying. Over 800 people attended the opening, which coincided with a downtown gallery crawl. Many of the people attending would not normally come to AFSC events. In all about 1,100 people attended the events or saw the exhibit during the two weeks it was being shown.
Michael Sheridan (at podium) with Community Supportive Film opening the floor to questions and thanking participants; Afghan filmmakers Zahra Sadat (projected on screen, right) and Jamal Aram (projected on screen, left) and panelist at table, AFSC's Peter Lems (left) and Lisa Schirch (right), Director of 3P Human Security.
A conference room on Capitol Hill was transformed into an interactive dialogue space as participants experienced the perspectives of Afghan filmmakers in Kabul through a live video conference.
International Conference For a Self-Determined Afghanistan Bonn,Germany, December 4, 2011 Joseph Gerson*
I want to thank the conference organizers for the privilege of joining you. It has been ten years since 9-11, when believe it or not, Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld told President Bush that invadingAfghanistanwould violate international law, and Bush the Lesser responded that he wanted to “kick some ass.”
Mike Ferner, interim director of Veterans for Peace, speaks at AFSC's Windows and Mirrors opening reception in Kansas City. Ferner said the images from the Afghanistan War reminded him of buses and planes carrying wounded soldiers home from the war in Vietnam. For a slideshow from the reception, please click here.
By Jon Krieg, AFSC Senior Administrative Associate
Talk with people at a recent reception marking the opening of AFSC’s Windows and Mirrors Exhibit in Kansas City and you hear reactions like powerful and intense, painful and hopeful.
Listen a little more, and you realize that everyone views the Afghanistan war images somewhat differently.
Wadhams is a Senior Fellow at American Progress where she focuses on Afghanistan, Pakistan, terrorism issues, and U.S. national security. Among her other responsibilities, she served as a U.S. election observer in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections in September 2010. Wadhams previously served as a legislative assistant on foreign policy issues for Sen. Russ Feingold (D.
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