Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Review: Inspiring Peace Work

The global day of listening last weekend commemorated the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and Nowroz the Afghan new year. It started with a peace walk in Kabul, captured above. The Afghan led activities also featured a solidarity visit from international peace delegates organized by Voices for Creative Nonviolence. These young Afghans are pioneering nonviolent strategies to end the violence in their country.

A Woman Among Warlords
Malalai Joya US National Speaking Tour Begins

After being denied a visa that prevented her from attending the first venues of her tour, the decision was reversed on Wednesday. The strategies to reverse the decision was an amazing educational and outreach effort that called attention to the war and the need to hear Afghan voices. There was a letter from elected officials (three Senators and six Representatives) asking that she be allowed into the country, commentary from major media outlets, and petitions, including the argument of ideological exclusion organized by the ACLU and PEN America. Check here to see if the tour is coming to your community

AFSC Statement on Libya

“We believe that it is morally unacceptable to allow military tactics to lead our response to human crises. The current foreign military assault on Libya is a step in the wrong direction, one that may lead the country to further instability, human suffering, and protracted violent conflict.”

Windows and Mirrors
Reflections on the War in Afghanistan

The travelling mural exhibit opens this evening in North Carolina to begin a three-week run. Please alert any friends you have in the area to the many community events and activities.

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