October 7, 2009, marks eight years since the U.S. entered Afghanistan as part of the so-called "war on terror". Since then, we have spent $222.8 billion dollars, killed tens of thousands of Afghan civilians and created a refugee crisis with no end. The U.S. faces yet another unending occupation with no exit plan. Right now is a crucial opportunity to say NO to more troop increases and pressure the government to provide humanitarian aid to rebuild Aghanistan intead of continuing to destroy their infrastructure.
The Peace Center is proud to be hosting an educational forum on the evening of the anniversary, October 7, 2009, entitled Not the "Good" War: Rethinking Afghanistan Eight Years Later.
We are also helping to coordinate the full week of actions. Click here for a full calendar of events - we'll keep it updated as things get added so keep checking back!
Not the "Good" War: Rethinking Afghanistan Eight Years Later
An educational forum by the Washington Peace Center
After a week of actions commemorating the 8th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, come learn what it's like on the ground in Afghanistan now, understand the geopolitical background of the conflict and find out what we can do to change the course of the US occupation.
- Report-back from Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, just returned days earlier from a fact-finding mission to Afghanistan. Be the first to hear her first-hand account of what's happening right now in Afghanistan.
- Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, currently writing a book on Afghanistan, discusses the history of the conflict, what experts think will happen and what we can do to make the situation better.
- Clip from the new film (just released!) by Robert Greenwald called "Rethink Afghanistan" on the impact of the US occupation on Afghan civilians and the situation of refugees.
- Find out how to take action and get involved in the local movement against the occupation of Afghanistan.
Copies of the "Rethink Afghanistan" DVD will be available for a
donation to be split between the Washington Peace Center and the Afghan Women's Mission, providing direct aid to the people of Afghanistan through RAWA.
When: 7-9 pm, October 7, 2009 - the 8th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan
Where: St Stephen's Church at 16th and Newton St NW.
Please click here to RSVP to reserve your space!