A talk by Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, acampaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. Since May 2010, she has visited Afghanistan four times with small delegations intent on learning more about conditions faced by ordinary people in Afghanistan. Kathy has been working closely with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers in search of non-military solutions to end the war.
This talk is held in conjuction with AFSC's Windows and Mirrors exhibit.
The war in Afghanistan is now the longest in U.S. history, yet for many of us it has been rendered largely invisible. Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, a remarkable traveling art exhibit, is an opening and an invitation to reflect upon the impact of this war on a civilian population caught in the crossfire.
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November 2011 Program Update with Michael McConnell
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from November 10, 2011 with General Secretary Shan Cretin and Great Lakes Regional Director Michael McConnell, who is based out of Chicago.
They discussed AFSC’s work for Economic Justice, including discussion of the ‘Human Cost’ of war banners and the ‘Windows and Mirrors mural exhibit. They also covered AFSC involvement with ‘Occupy Together’ and resources such as ‘Move the Money Toolkit’ and the ‘If I Had a Trillion Dollars’ youth film contest and festival.
Students shared opinions on immigration after small group discussions.
High school is often a time of judgment and isolation. At New Garden Friends School, where the students are encouraged to accept their differences and create a loving community, discrimination can sometimes feel like a distant notion.
The Kansas City area exhibition of Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is a thoughtprovoling art exhibit on the human cost of the Afghan war including 45 murals from the traveling exhibit plus murals created by students in the KC area.
Annah Awartani, owner of Zaytoon Restaurant, hospitality greeted a gracious crowd, hungry for food and personal connection.
Last Tuesday, the Greensboro community gathered for a screening of “Hawo’s Dinner Party.” This 30-minute adaptation of documentary Welcome to Shelbyville revolves around religious and cultural tensions in a small town in Tennessee, and the beginnings of change brought on by personal interactions shared over a meal.
WINDOWS AND MIRRORS: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is a traveling exhibit that makes a powerful statement on a nearly invisible reality. The 18 panels created by international and US artists help us imagine the experience of Afghan civilians – from death and destruction to hopes for peace.
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