The American Friends Service Committee (Kansas City, MO) has recently issued a “Report Card on Performance and Progress for the U.S. War in Afghanistan.” As with all report cards, to be meaningful, this report card must offer comments that provide details of how things are going. It must offer practical suggestions for improvement, when improvement is necessary. The AFSC report card does an excellent job, in my opinion, of providing important details and of offering sensible, practical recommendations for improvement.
Panel discussion about the effects of the wars on our national security and immediate and long-term costs to civilians and soldiers. Guest speakers: Anne Mulderry from September 11th Familis for Peaceful Tomorrows and Jeff Napolitano of the American Friends Service Committee. Nov 21 2010 Unitarian Society of New Haven 700 Hartford Turnpike Hamden CT
AFSC's contribution to the Mission Cultural Center's Day of the Dead exhibit by Art Hazelwood and Juan Fuentes. The boots and names on the wall represent Latino Californians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
More than 200 pairs of boots belonging to Illinois soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq will be onstage as part of Harper College’s fall production of “Bury the Dead,” a play offering perspectives from major U.S. military conflicts dating to World War I.
The production, which opens a day after Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 12 tells the story of six dead soldiers who rise from the grave, asking to rejoin the living.
Today, on the 9th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, we began to receive reports of banners carrying messages of resistance against the seemingly endless war and occupation being dropping in prominent spots around the city. Many of the banners where made during a series of art parties that we hosted to help promote a day to defend public education in Georgia.
While the AFSC does not encourage the illegal dropping of banners we also do not condemn it.
Waves of foreign soldiers have deployed to Afghanistan, and if fortunate, get return home again after a year. Meanwhile Afghan citizens have lived every day of their lives, for nine years, surrounded by the horrors of war—some displaced, refugees, forced to rebuild whole new communities only to be chased out again. The constant fear and hardships these people endure are beyond most of our understandings. And yet, the pain of war has inspired young artists to create.
It is the artists' treatment of subject matter that distinguishes their reflections on the war in Afghanistan and justifies serious attention being focused on the debut of their dynamic show "Windows and Mirrors," at Arch Street Meeting House (Windows and Mirrors is the second event listed).
Zaher Wahab, an anthropology professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., asked Afghan children to sketch their daily lives. The results, along with 45 memorial panels, comprise this traveling exhibit that's meant as a response to the gross under-coverage of the Afghan death toll since 2001. The AFSC's Mary Zerkel explains.
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