[HCCN] FW: Kabul Delegation Returns, Global Day of Listening, Clean Water for Afghans and the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Declaration

Judith Robbins jprobbins at myfairpoint.net
Fri Aug 19 07:46:10 EDT 2011

> From: "Voices for Creative Nonviolence" <info at vcnv.org>
> Date: August 18, 2011 2:34:07 PM EDT
> Members of the summer 2011 Voices delegation to Afghanistan have arrived home
> after having spent close to a month in Kabul, and the Afghan Youth Peace
> Volunteers from Bamiyan have also arrived, safely, to their homes.  We look
> forward to reports from the delegation members, all of whom are available for
> speaking engagements.  Please contact Voices for Creative Nonviolence if we
> can help you get in touch with them. Delegation members were:  Mary Dean,
> Chicago; Bob Palmer, Chicago; Nancy Gowen, Richmond, VA; Ken
> Hannaford-Ricardi, Worcester, MA; Ed Kinane, Syracuse, NY; Brock McIntosh,
> Washington, D.C., and Jacob George, Greenwood, AK.  Brock and Jacob first
> visited Afghanistan as U.S. soldiers. They'll work now to coordinate with
> other veterans and establish Afghanistan Veterans for Peace.  Our thanks to
> all who helped enable this delegation's impressive travel. 
> In September of 2011, three peace activists from Olympia, WA will travel to
> Kabul and Bamiyan.
> They will head over to Kabul and then Bamiyan to collaborate with a Danish NGO
> in efforts to distribute inexpensive and easily installed water purifying
> systems based on an innovative technology that uses sand as a filter:  Biosand
> Filter Systems for Clean Water.  
> Doug Mackey, Jody Mackey, and Larry Kerschner took to heart reports like from
> IRIN, (July 6, 2011) and worked tirelessly to respond with practical measures.
> (IRIN) - Only 48 percent of Afghanistan's population have access to safe
> drinking water and only 37 percent use improved sanitation facilities - with
> serious health implications, especially for children, according to the UN
> Children's Fund 
> <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&i
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> They will meet with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
> <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&i
> d=75887234d5&e=8ff0356b31>  and assist with training the young people and
> other interested groups to install the water filters.
> We look forward to their reports.
> For those interested in supporting this peaceful and friendly clean water
> delegation:
> * Funds can be sent through the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR-USA) at
> their donate page
> <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&i
> d=4ef5aeb541&e=8ff0356b31> .  
> * Please specify: Afghanistan Clean Water Delegation in the "In honor of:
> Name" box.  
> * Letters of friendship to the Afghan YouthPeace Volunteers can be sent
> directly to Douglas Mackey at 5515 40th Avenue SW, Olympia WA 98512.
> For more information about the project: dougwmackey at gmail.com
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> With Children Like Our Own
> by David Smith-Ferri
> Poems from Afghanistan and IraqFrom the forward by Kathy Kelly:
> ³It is not possible to read these poems and remain unmoved. They link us with
> our brothers and sisters who have suffered and still suffer. With Children
> Like Your Owncalls us to envision a world where people everywhere enter the
> metaphorical listening tent to answer invitations to talk and hear, thus to
> find their way out of a violent present into a peaceful future, through the
> darkness into the dawn.²To request a book please send $15.95 to 1249 W Argyle
> Street, Chicago, IL 60640Due to the generosity of David Smith-Ferri all
> proceeds go to Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
> The next Global Days of Listening will be:August 21, 2011 beginning at
> approximately 11 am Eastern / 7:30 pm Afg. for ~4 hoursFULL GLOBAL DAYS OF
> LISTENING for the International Day of Peace September 21, 2011 24-hours long!
> For all days of listening:  Listen to, and talk about, what it is like to live
> in war-torn countries & about the wish to live without wars.  Listen
> online: LiveStream
> <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&i
> d=53b225ea15&e=8ff0356b31> If you would like to talk . . .Register by
> email: globaldaysoflistening at gmail.com
> <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&i
> d=f848cbb98e&e=8ff0356b31>  to get a call-in time.North
> America Call: (661) 673-8600 & access code: 295191#. OUTSIDE North America:
> Request a time to talk & your SKYPE ID to: globaldaysoflistening at gmail.com 
> <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&i
> d=3a210cc7e9&e=8ff0356b31> Inspired by the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
> <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&i
> d=f32ca45440&e=8ff0356b31> , Afghans For Peace
> <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&i
> d=ee25b925de&e=8ff0356b31> , and the Iraqi & American Reconciliation
> Project 
> <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&i
> d=c5132684e8&e=8ff0356b31> . Talk with ordinary people from Afghanistan,
> Iraq, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Yemen, and other countries. 
> More Lost By the Second
> by Kathy Kelly
> August 10, 2011
> The US-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Declaration will perpetuate
> Œterrorism¹ and bring it to everyone¹s doorsteps
> ³The raids occur Œevery night. We are very much miserable,
> <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&
> id=b4adc7bd15&e=8ff0356b31> ¹ said Roshanak Wardak, a doctor and a former
> member of the national Parliament.² I am reading a McClatchy news report,
> dated August 8th of this year. ³Residents of the Tangi Valley area, in eastern
> Wardak Province, about 60 miles southwest of Kabul, issued similar complaints
> about the night raids in their vicinity, charging that they have killed
> civilians, disrupted their lives and fueled popular support for the Taliban.²
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