The purpose of this paper is to set forth AFSC’s understanding of the background to the US led war in Iraq, observations about the consequences for Iraq and its people, and the regional impact. One of the great tragedies of the cycle of war is the perennial failure to commit the resources and attention necessary to build the peace. Some conclusions relevant to policy going forward are set forth, along with recommendations for a US response.
Ira Harritt, KC Program Coordinator, spoke at the “Rally for Bradley” in support of Manning’s human and civil rights and status as whistleblower. Harritt spoke to the larger context of Manning imprisonment stating: "We, not the terrorists, not an enemy out there, have destroyed too much of what we value in America. It has long been recognized that the first casualty of war is the truth and this is being acted out on a daily basis. Too many lies, too many secrets and too much misinformation have been foisted upon the American public in the pursuit of war."
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.
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.
“Music has the power to bring people together like no other art form.”
The next film in the “Examining Modern Life” series, sponsored by the AFSC, is “I Know I’m Not Alone,” a documentary that follows musician and humans rights worker Michael Franti as he captures the costs of global conflicts in war-torn Iraq, Israel, and occupied Palestine with only a few friends, video equipment, and his guitar.
Planning campaigns to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and shift funds from military spending (59% of FY discretionary budget) to invest in our communities and our future. We are also beginning plans for bringing “Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan Exhibit" to Kansas City.
Since so much of the political debate in this fair country of ours concerns taxes, I thought I would share some info I received from The American Friends Service Committee, detailing the 2011 recommended discretionary spending by the federal government.
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