30 Nov

Wage Peace for Afghanistan

Wage Peace: Afghanistan, a campaign of the American Friends Service Committee

Dear Richard,

Thank you all for joining us over the past few weeks in letting President Obama know that many people in the U.S. do not want a troop increase in Afghanistan.  Your photos and calls have been helpful in making the call for peace visible.

As you many have seen in news reports, the President is scheduled to address the nation tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1, to announce his new plan for Afghanistan.  If President Obama calls for an escalation in Afghanistan, as is anticipated, we have an immediate response planned to keep momentum building for peace in Afghanistan.  Supporters from Lansing, Michigan

We hope you will  join in the following: vigils on December 2 and a strategy conference call for the entire pro-peace community on December 3.

December 2 — Vigils

If President Obama calls for any amount of troop increase in Afghanistan, AFSC and many other peace and justice organizations across the country are calling for vigils on Wednesday, December 2, in protest.

We welcome you to join or host a vigil on December 2.  You can find vigils planned by AFSC and many local groups near you on the United for Peace and Justice web site.

On AFSC’s Wage Peace: Afghanistan site, we have a tips and resources for vigils.   Find out more (PDF) >

Add your voice to our call for:

  • A timeline for withdrawal of U.S./NATO forces
  • No additional troops sent to Afghanistan
  • Diplomatic talks with all parties to the conflict
  • Generous civilian-led development funds

December 3 — Open Conference Call: Analysis and Next Steps

Featuring Phyllis Bennis from the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of Ending the US War in Afghanistan: A Primer, Peter Lems and Mary Zerkel from AFSC, and others TBA.

Thursday, December 3
8 pm – 9 pm (EASTERN)

This will be interactive, forward-looking call and focused on alternatives. The conference call will start with a short analysis/breakdown of the Administration’s new strategy on Afghanistan, followed by commentary on implications for Afghanistan and the region.

The bulk of the call will be spent discussing organizing opportunities, strategies, and resources available.

Please join us in discussing our next steps in waging peace for Afghanistan:

To join to the call: Dial 1-866-740-1260, and enter the conference code 2417054#
International Callers: Dial + US 303-248-0285,

Once you are connected you will be asked to state your name; please speak your name slowly & clearly.

Peter Lems and Mary Zerkel
For AFSC’s Wage Peace Campaign


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