Afghanistan

Chomsky and Sarwar - Days of Hope and Challenge: Understanding the Middle East and South/Central Asia

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

An evening with renowned social analyst Noam Chomsky and Pakistani journalist
and human rights leader Beena Sarwar.

A Benefit Program for AFSC’s Peace & Economic Security Program.

Talk: 7-8:30
Suggested Contribution: $10
Students: $5

Reception with speakers: 8:30-10
$50 Suggested Contribution

Statewide Peace Rally to Mark Anniversary of US Wars in the Middle East

Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

Why are we continuing the two longest wars in American History?  Iowa’s cost for the Iraq War for just this year is $490 million.

This rally is in solidarity with national rally in Washington, DC on March 19th, led by the Veterans For Peace, and in solidarity with other US rallies to be held on the 19th

Support the troops-bring them home.  Wage Peace.

Scheduled speakers:

  Ed Flaherty - President, Iowa Veterans for Peace

"End War, Build Peace, Heal Our World" march and rally

Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 2:00pm

March and rally marking 8th anniversary of US invasion of Iraq, and calling for an end to the wars/occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Featured speakers will be Maryam Shansab, an Afghan-American grad student at Tufts, and Adrienne Kinne of Iraq Veterans Against the War.  The march and rally will also feature the Leftist Marching Band, from Portsmouth NH.  Marchers will gather at 6 Loudon Rd, in the parking lot, at 2 PM, and march to State House Plaza for the 2:30 PM rally. 

Tom Hayden, "Revolution, Reform, and Pathways to Social Change"

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

Leading anti-war advocate and political activist Tom Hayden will discuss the debate over the best way to pursue social change. He argues that social change begins at the invisible margins, gives rise to social movements, and then inevitably becomes involved in mainstream politics.

AFSC partners knit mittens for children in Afghanistan

Logan, Utah's The Herald Journal recently published an article referencing an AFSC partner group, afghans for Afghans, whose mission is to ship knitted items to needy children in Afghanistan. The article is the story of a knitting group in Utah that contributes knitted mittens to the afghans for Afghans project.

Understanding Afghanistan: Suggested Resources

With the recent military escalation, there is renewed interest in and concern about Afghanistan. The AFSC staff recommends the following  resources for an introduction not only to the current war and alternative strategies, but also to the region’s history, culture, and politics.

Eyewitness Afghanistan: Kathy Kelly

Back from her third trip to the region last year, Kathy talks about resistance, solidarity, Afghan desires for non-military solutions and the role of the US peace movement.

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