While military convoys rumble down city streets, planes crisscross the skies, and suicide bombers wreak havoc on the streets, civilians in Afghanistan struggle through terror, lawlessness, deaths and PTSD to hold their families together against extreme odds. In Kabul, women politicians and activists prepare under threat of death to protect women’s rights past the general elections and the pullout of the NATO troops in 2014.
The Kansas City Program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) announces, on the eve of Veterans’ Day, the retirement of the Missouri and Kansas Eyes Wide Open (EWO) Exhibits, the widely-acclaimed exhibition on the human cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial exhibit includes over 200 combat boots tagged with the names of Missouri and Kansas troops and shoes tagged with the names of civilians killed in the Iraq and Afghan wars.
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.
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.”
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