Justice for Afghanistan Tour
September 27, 2013 - 7:00pm
Afghanistan is in its twelfth year of a U.S.-led occupation. One thousand Canadian soldiers are supporting a corrupt government with military training. Despite its stated purpose of “helping the Afghan people,” military occupation is only fueling civil war and deepening poverty.
Join two Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCN) activists for a rare, first-hand look at life under occupation in Afghanistan and to learn about their efforts to accompany the Afghan Peace Volunteers, a community of nonviolence in Kabul.
- Kathy Kelly has been to Afghanistan 12 times as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. From 1996-2003, she helped lead 70 delegations to Iraq as part of an international campaign to end economic sanctions. Arrested more than 60 times for civil disobedience, she has refused to pay all forms of federal tax since 1980 to avoid funding the institution of war.
- Buddy Bell has been to Afghanistan three times as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. He recently helped organize two 200-mile walks: the first opposing the 2011 NATO summit in Chicago, the second opposing the construction of a drone base in Iowa.
This speaking tour is the start of a Voices campaign calling for a program of independently administered reparations to re-build Afghanistan's agricultural infrastructure destroyed by over thirty years of continuous war and occupation.
Sponsored by Canadian Peace Alliance, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Pax Christi Toronto, Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, Voice of Women for Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
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