AFSC joins with people all over the world in mourning the lives lost on September 11, 2001, and the hundreds of thousands who have died in the wars that followed in the decade since. Every day, AFSC works around the world to lift up nonviolent, peaceful change. We invite you to join us at one or more of these events of remembrance and peacemaking.
Samar Sarhan is a Palestinian-American serving as a Middle East Peace Apprentice with AFSC's Iowa program. She made the following remarks representing her own views at the Des Moines rally marking the 8th anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq.
Over 100 hundred Iowans gathered at a rally on March 19, 2011 to mark the eight anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq and to call for an end to all U.S. wars. The gathering was organized by Iowa Veterans for Peace, Chapter 161, and was co-sponsored by a number of organizations, including AFSC.
8 Years of War in Iraq Vigil, Rally & March will remember the past and ongoing human and economic costs of the Iraq war and urge our leaders to quickly and responsibly end the war and shift their reliance on military might to the use of diplomacy, humanitarian aid and strengthening internal and regional peace processes.
The event marks eight years of war in Iraq and will include music, speakers and a “March of the Dead.”
Planning campaigns to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and shift funds from military spending (59% of FY discretionary budget) to invest in our communities and our future. We are also beginning plans for bringing “Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan Exhibit" to Kansas City.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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