Afghanistan/Pakistan

A Woman Among Warlords: Malalai Joya Denounces U.S. War in Afghanistan

When: Friday, October 30, 2009, 7:00 pm
Where: Emerson College, Bordy Auditorium • 216 Tremont St, 1st Floor • Boston
2009 Oct 30 - 7:00pm

Malalai Joya, the young woman who the BBC has hailed as the "bravest in Afghanistan", has published her memoirs, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Woman Who Dared to Speak Out

Joya, now 31, was the youngest ever woman elected to the Afghan Parliament in 2005 and is an outspoken critic of the Karzai government and NATO occupation. She will be speaking in the Boston area between October 29-31 as part of a North American tour to speak about her new memoir, co-written with Canadian activist and writer Derrick O’Keefe.

With U.S. President Obama considering escalating the war in Afghanistan with over 40,000 more troops, Joya’s speaking tour and book release is timely. “Afghan women like me, voting and running for office, have been held up as proof that the United States has brought democracy and women’s rights to Afghanistan,” Joya writes. “But it is all a lie.”
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Hear Directly from a Women's Rights Activist from Afghanistan

When: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Conference Call
2009 Oct 25 - 1:00pm
2009 Oct 25 - 3:00pm

National Phone Conference

 

 

Zoya is a representative of the intrepid grassroots organization RAWA (the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan), which for 30+ years has been on the ground in Afghanistan in the outspoken forefront of women’s rights and national emancipation.   She is visiting various US cities during October 2009, and her discussion of RAWA’s “withdraw now” position on US/NATO intervention in their country has been encouraging and useful to hundreds of US peace activists.

 

But she cannot visit every community,

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New England Peace Movement asks "Eight Years of War, How Many More?"

Video by Robert Malin V/O Tim Watts Additional Camera Paul Hubbard

On Saturday, October 17, the antiwar demonstration at Copley Square made a loud and proud statement that the peace and justice movement is alive and well!    We were joined by 40 peace actions throughout the United States yesterday and by Afghanistan-themed demonstrations and events on October 5 in Washington and on October 7 throughout the nation.

The Afghanistan war was in the forefront of everyone's minds, based on the signs, banners, tables, songs, and speeches.  By calling for "Troops Out now" we registered beyond question that there is organized opposition to this war, a movement that is determined enough to dig in for the long haul.

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