While today marks the sad anniversary of ten years of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, we must remember the people of Afghanistan have suffered decades of war. We take heart in the struggle to end the war here in the U.S., and in the courage of the Afghan people seeking to peacefully, sustainably rebuild their country.
Peace Action staff and affiliates are participating in events to mark the anniversary and re-dedicate ourselves to ending this war, in Washington and around the country. Others, including Field Director Judith Le Blanc and a visiting delegation from our sister Japanese peace group Gensuikyo are at Occupy Wall Street in New York City. Communications Manager Jonathan Williams and I will be at an event called War Voices in D.C. tonight with U.S. colleagues and Afghan peace advocates.
Here’s a terrific op-ed on ten years of war by New Jersey Peace Action Executive Director Madelyn Hoffman, who traveled to Afghanistan representing Peace Action in 2005. Please keep the faith for peace, and share your own experience on working to end the war.