“Everyone deserves justice and peace!” This was the sentiment of youth from the Learning Club Leadership Academy, a neighborhood teen youth program serving inner-city youth surrounding Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Kansas City, Kansas. The group’s members participated in the American Friends Service Committee’s Reflections on Afghanistan Mural project, which is teaching area youth about the Afghan people, the Afghan war and the impact the war has had on people there, on U.S. soldiers and on the United States.
Ira Harritt, KC Program Coordinator, spoke at the “Rally for Bradley” in support of Manning’s human and civil rights and status as whistleblower. Harritt spoke to the larger context of Manning imprisonment stating: "We, not the terrorists, not an enemy out there, have destroyed too much of what we value in America. It has long been recognized that the first casualty of war is the truth and this is being acted out on a daily basis. Too many lies, too many secrets and too much misinformation have been foisted upon the American public in the pursuit of war."
Demonstrators at June 4th "Rally for Bradley" in Leavenworth, KS
Kansas City AFSC staff, members of the AFSC Area Program Committee and volunteers participated in the June 4th “Rally for Bradley” and a march and vigil in Leavenworth, KS near the Military Prison where Bradley Manning is being held.
The event was the first large public rally since Bradley Manning was transferred to Fort Leavenworth in April 2011.
Have you ever wondered how or if our Federal Budget could be a tool to move our nation to a prosperous, peaceful and just future?
Forum panelists will identify ways the budget can be used to redirect our resources away from war and destruction to improved quality of life, investment in job creation and correcting the increasing disparity of income and wealth.
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