[act-ma] [UJP] Malalai Joya: The US Must Withdraw From Afghanistan

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Sat Mar 12 22:00:03 PST 2011

UJP: Malalai Joya: The US Must Withdraw From Afghanistan


Malalai Joya, the acclaimed Afghan activist and author of A Woman Among
Warlords, will tour the United States in Spring 2011 to call attention to the
on-going Afghan war and prospects for ending it. A Woman Among Warlords has
just been published in paperback with a new chapter on Afghanistan in the Obama
era, and will be on sale at all her events.

She will give two talks in the Boston area.  See below for links to events
across New England and the U.S. 

Friday, March 25, 5:30 pm, with Noam Chomsky: The Case for Withdrawal From
Afghanistan [1]. Harvard University, Radcliffe Quadrangle, SOCH Building, 59
Shepard St., Cambridge, MA.   Sponsored by Haymarket Books, United for Justice
with Peace / Afghanistan Task Force, Massachusetts Peace Action, Boston UNAC,
and others.

Saturday, March 26, 3-5 pm: Malalai Joya: Liberating Afghan Women [2].  First
Church, 6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, MA.  Sponsored by JAMAICA PLAIN FORUM and
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom: Boston Branch, and others.

Joya, now 33, was the youngest ever woman elected to the Afghan Parliament in
2005 and is an outspoken critic of the Karzai government and NATO occupation.  

With 100,000 U.S. troops, troops from NATO contries, and tens of thousands of
contractors, President Obama's escalation of the Afghanistan conflict has
increased violence and civilian casualties. 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.”

Her book tells the story of her life in the context of three decades of war.
Joya details her reasons for opposing NATO's war and suggests concrete steps for
building an independent and genuinely democratic Afghanistan.

Joya brings to a North American audience the lessons of Afghanistan’s long
history of occupation and resistance. And she hopes her book will “correct the
tremendous amount of misinformation being spread about Afghanistan.”

“Afghans are sometimes represented in the media as a backward people, nothing
more than terrorists, criminals and henchmen. This false image is extremely
dangerous for the future of both my country and the West. The truth is that
Afghans are brave and freedom loving people with a rich culture and a proud
history. We are capable of defending our independence, governing ourselves and
determining our own future.”

Read more about the Afghanistan conflict [3] and about Malalai Joya by tour
organizer, Sonali Kohlatkar.

For dates in Northampton and Amherst, MA; Burlington, VT; and Durham, NH,
see http://justicewithpeace.org/afghan-joya-spring-2011 [4].   

Download the flyer here [5].  For information on Boston area events call
617-383-4UJP or write ujpcoalition at gmail.com [6].  See the Afghan Women's
Mission's national events schedule [7] and Joya's Defense Committee website


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organizations and community peace groups in the Greater Boston region. The UJP
Coalition, formed after September 11th, seeks global peace through social and
economic justice.

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[1] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/2451
[2] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/2441
[3] http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/03/03
[4] http://justicewithpeace.org/afghan-joya-spring-2011
[5] http://justicewithpeace.org/files/JoyaBoston2011.pdf
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[7] http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/?p=1201
[8] http://www.malalaijoya.com/index1024.htm
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