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

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

From: "Voices for Creative Nonviolence" <info@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&amp;id=27836bf483&amp;e=8ff0356b31> .

They will meet with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&amp;id=75887234d5&amp;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:
For more information about the project: dougwmackey@gmail.com

With Children Like Our Own
by David Smith-Ferri
Poems from Afghanistan and Iraq
From the forward by Kathy Kelly:
“It 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.”To 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&amp;id=53b225ea15&amp;e=8ff0356b31> If you would like to talk . . .Register by email: globaldaysoflistening@gmail.com <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&amp;id=f848cbb98e&amp;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@gmail.com  <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&amp;id=3a210cc7e9&amp;e=8ff0356b31> Inspired by the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&amp;id=f32ca45440&amp;e=8ff0356b31> , Afghans For Peace <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&amp;id=ee25b925de&amp;e=8ff0356b31> , and the Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&amp;id=c5132684e8&amp;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 ‘terrorism’ and bring it to everyone’s doorsteps
“The raids occur ‘every night. We are very much miserable, <http://vcnv.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ad474c00c83953a2b8e225340&amp;id=b4adc7bd15&amp;e=8ff0356b31> ’ said Roshanak Wardak, a doctor and a former member of the national Parliament.” I am reading a McClatchy news report, dated August 8th of this year. “Residents 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.”

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