We will mark the exit of US combat troops from Iraq and the impact of 30 years of war and sanctions. There will be a toll-free call-in number available. Event speakers include: Kathy Kelly, Raed Jarrar, Celeste Zappala, Abdulla Al-Obeidi, Mary Trotochaud, and Rick McDowell.
Thank you for standing with AFSC and the Wage Peace campaign in 2011!
There are many of you who have worked for years to insure that there would be no permanent US military bases in Iraq and that US troops would leave.
Congratulations, yesterday the last US combat troops deployed out of Iraq.
A talk by Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, acampaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. Since May 2010, she has visited Afghanistan four times with small delegations intent on learning more about conditions faced by ordinary people in Afghanistan. Kathy has been working closely with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers in search of non-military solutions to end the war.
This talk is held in conjuction with AFSC's Windows and Mirrors exhibit.
Ira Harritt, AFSC KC Program Coordinator, 816-931-5256
The war in Afghanistan is now the longest in U.S. history, yet for many of us it has been rendered largely invisible. Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, a remarkable traveling art exhibit, is an opening and an invitation to reflect upon the impact of this war on a civilian population caught in the crossfire.
This report provides examples of the work your generous support has made possible this year. As you read it, we are confident that the progress shown will fuel your optimism and determination. Thank you for being part of our community!
November 2011 Program Update with Michael McConnell
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from November 10, 2011 with General Secretary Shan Cretin and Great Lakes Regional Director Michael McConnell, who is based out of Chicago.
They discussed AFSC’s work for Economic Justice, including discussion of the ‘Human Cost’ of war banners and the ‘Windows and Mirrors mural exhibit. They also covered AFSC involvement with ‘Occupy Together’ and resources such as ‘Move the Money Toolkit’ and the ‘If I Had a Trillion Dollars’ youth film contest and festival.
Mike Ferner, interim director of Veterans for Peace, speaks at AFSC's Windows and Mirrors opening reception in Kansas City. Ferner said the images from the Afghanistan War reminded him of buses and planes carrying wounded soldiers home from the war in Vietnam. For a slideshow from the reception, please click here.
By Jon Krieg, AFSC Senior Administrative Associate
Talk with people at a recent reception marking the opening of AFSC’s Windows and Mirrors Exhibit in Kansas City and you hear reactions like powerful and intense, painful and hopeful.
Listen a little more, and you realize that everyone views the Afghanistan war images somewhat differently.
Students shared opinions on immigration after small group discussions.
High school is often a time of judgment and isolation. At New Garden Friends School, where the students are encouraged to accept their differences and create a loving community, discrimination can sometimes feel like a distant notion. Last Friday, the NGFS Upper Division took time out of their weekly all-school meeting for worship to let us share a film and open up conversation about prejudice and tolerance.
The Kansas City area exhibition of Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is a thoughtprovoling art exhibit on the human cost of the Afghan war including 45 murals from the traveling exhibit plus murals created by students in the KC area.
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