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Say No to a 17th Year of War on Afghanistan

Our Local Peace Economy Gathering in October is a vigil for Afghanistan followed by a potluck with our Afghan family

October 7th marks the 17th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, and we will stand in vigil for the lives, culture and country destroyed.  We will be joined by young women refugees and friends from Afghanistan as well as inspiring speakers to reflect on the devastating impact of the longest American war in Afghanistan. #EndWarNow

Vigil will take place at Palms & Lincoln Blvd. in Venice.  Join us after the vigil for a potluck.  Please bring a dish to share.

As we approach the 17th year of the US invasion in Afghanistan, survival is still a primary concern for Afghans. The U.S. troops that invaded Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban are still there 17 years later, and so are the Taliban. Today, up to 20 insurgent groups are waging war in that country. The US presence has only made the violence worse. It is about the time to end the war in Afghanistan.


Dr. Zaman Stanizai is a Professor of Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills and Professor of Mythological Studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He is a Fulbright scholar and has earned a PhD and two masters of art degrees in political science and linguistics at USC and the University of Washington.

Asad Farhad is an Adjunct Professor at Bellevue University. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul and has also served as the Deputy Minister of Customs in the Ministry of Finance in Afghanistan.

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist.  He is a founder and Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, and Immediate Past Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California; Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice; and Death Penalty Focus.

Stephen Longfellow Fiske is a musician, author, poet, Interfaith Minister and long-time peace and environmental activist. Stephen is the founder and executive director/producer of the Jerusalem Prayer Project, and on the Board of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace.

Samira Abrar is a graduate of American University in Kabul, Afghanistan, with a degree in law. She has worked for USAID-funded rule of law projects and the MEC Anti-Corruption Committee in Afghanistan for several years, supporting Afghan court systems. As a peace activist, Samira has worked with CODEPINK’s Divest from the War Machine campaign.

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