Costs of War

March of the Dead on 9th Anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan

Friday, October 8, 2010 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Washington DC/Arlington VA March of the Dead

Marchers approaching Arlington National Cemetary in 2008.  A similar march will take place in Providence Oct. 8 2010.

Marchers will gather at Burnside Park (Exchange Street and Kennedy Plaza, Providence) at 4:30 pm to prepare for the march.  Marchers are asked to dress in black and, if possible, to leave items like backpacks elsewhere.  Signs and masks will be provided.  We also need several people to hand out flyers.  We will march slowly and silently from Burnside Park through Kennedy Plaza to City Hall, down Dorance St to Weybossett, down Weybossett to the plaza outside of Textron Headquarters, over Exchange St to Kennedy Plaza and back to the park.  People who are not masked ar

Washington DC/Arlington VA March of the Dead

Marchers approaching Arlington National Cemetary in 2008.  A similar march will take place in Providence Oct. 8 2010.

Voice of Philly blog: AFSC pays tribute to fallen Afghans

Lost in the debate over the U.S. role in Afghanistan is the significant toll the war has taken on Afghan civilians. The American Friends Service Committee hopes Thursday’s “Windows and Mirrors” art exhibit will help to shine a light on the thousands of Afghan civilians killed since the U.S. attacked Afghanistan nine years ago. 

The Nation: Tell Politicians How to Spend Money, Win $500

We've already spent a trillion dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the meantime, education budgets are being slashed in schools like this one:

You're more plugged into the communities you grew up in than policymakers in Washington—and The American Friends Service Committee and National Priorities Project are staging a video contest to find out what you would do if you had access to the Federal budget.

KansasCity.com: On anniversary of 9/11, focus on peace, healing. Ira Harritt weighs in.

The pain, anger and hatred still smoldering from the construction of a Muslim community center near ground zero in New York City shows how people still struggle with the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy.

Events this week and next in Kansas City can help people heal from a culture of war created by the terrorist attack and nine years of fighting in Afghanistan and seven years in Iraq. AFSC's Ira Harritt weighs in.

Mayor Cownie to Meet with Peace Committee

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 7:30am

Mayor Frank Cownie

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie spoke at an April 2009 rally celebrating the Iowa Supreme Court's decision in support of same-sex marriage. Mayor Cownie is also active with Mayors for Peace.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO WEDNESDAY, JULY 28. At the last meeting of the Des Moines Area Ecumenical Peace Committee, it was voted to work with Kathleen McQuillen of AFSC on getting the Des Moines City Council to pass a resolution calling attention to  the hardship that military spending creates for meeting public needs. Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie will meet with the Peace Committee to discuss developing a strategy for such a resolution.

$1 Trillion Action Toolkit

Toolkit to help communities mark the $1 trillion in war spending milestone.

Eyes Wide Open: Interfaith Reflections

Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee's widely-accalimed exhibition on the human cost of the Iraq War, features a pair of boots honoring each U.S. military casualty and a field of shoes to memoralize the Iraqis killed in the conflict.  Eyes Wide Open has toured to over 100 cities across the U.S. and has been visited by hundreds of thousands of people. 

How to Submit Videos

This toolkit will help you make and upload your video entry in the If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth video contest.

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