Interview Opportunity: Afghan Activist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Voice: 626-676-7884
E-mail: info_at_afghanwomensmission.org

A press conference and interview opportunity day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14. Please call to schedule an interview between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The press conference will be held from 1-2 p.m. at the American Friends Service Committee’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office, 980 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91103.

Tahmeena Faryal, an activist for the Revolutionary Association of Women in Afghanistan, will speak at locations around Southern California from November 12-16.

Faryal, a resident of Pakistan, speaks out against the fundamentalist Taliban and Northern Alliance. In her talks, she will address the current conditions of the Afghan people, in Afghanistan and in Pakistani refugee camps. She will also discuss women’s status, Afghan attitudes and hopes about US actions in Afghanistan, and non-violent resistance.

In order to preserve Faryal’s security, stills and film cannot show her face. Pictures can only be framed from behind, and a dramatic screened silhouette setup will be available. (Blurring or screening must be done on film – not in post-production.)

Pictures by a RAWA photographer will be posted on the Afghan Women’s Mission website, http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/mediacenter, of her daily speaking events. The events will be free and open to the public, and interviews are limited.

The Afghan Women’s Mission, an organization dedicated to working with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, is a group of people moved to action by the plight of Afghan women. The mission was founded in January 2000 in response to the compelling need for adequate hospital facilities in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan.

The Afghan Women’s mission’s goals include establishing and operating free hospitals serving Afghan women and children refugees; supporting schools and other programs for Afghan refugees to alleviate emotional suffering and decrease illiteracy and joblessness; and empowering Afghan refugees to build sustainable livelihoods.

More information about the plight of Afghan refugees is available on the RAWA website, http://www.rawa.org.

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Afghan Activist to Visit So Cal For Numerous Local Events

The Afghan Women’s Mission
is proud to present:
“I am the Woman Who Has Awoken”
The Voice of Afghan Women’s Resistance

There will be a series of free and open lectures by Tahmeena Faryal at various campuses and spaces during Nov. 12-15 in Southern California. I encourage you to come to at least one of the events. Tahmeena’s schedule is solidly booked so there will be no additional events. Please send all press inquiries to press@afghanwomensmission.org

Absolutely NO CAMERAS allowed at any event.

Please arrive early to ensure seating.

Please leave large bags and bookbags behind.

Call 626-304-3756 for more information.

Schedule of Events

Monday November 12th 11 am to 2 pm
UCLA Campus, Ackerman Grand Ballroom
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Organized by the UCLA Students Against the War, and UCLA Center for the Study of Women and endorsed by UCLA Raza Womyn, UCLA Fem News Magazine, Women in Black LA, Coalition for World Peace, Amnesty International Santa Monica, and National Lawyers Guild.


Monday November 12th 6:30 pm
USC Campus, Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 101
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Organized by the USC Political Violence Initiative, The Unruh Institute, The Center for Feminist Research, The Southern California Educators for Peace and endorsed by Women in Black LA, Coalition for World Peace, Amnesty International Santa Monica.


Tuesday November 13th 7:30 pm
Avery Auditorium, Pitzer College,
1050 N. Mills, Claremont

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Organized by the Pitzer Women’s Center with the help of Pitzer College Dean of Faculty Office and the Scripps College student organizations: Wana Wake, Asian Students Association, Multi-Cultural Resource Center, Scripps College NOW


Thursday November 15th 10 am
Cal State San Bernadino, Event Center A
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Organized by the The Intellectual Life and Visiting Scholars Committee, International Institute Women’s Studies Program, Sociology Club, Department of Physics


Thursday November 15th 6:30 pm
FINAL EVENT OF THE WEEK, ALSO LARGEST SEATING CAPACITY
First Congregational Church, 464 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena
Sign Language Interpreters present.

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Organized by Peace and Justice Concerns Committee of Fuller Theological Seminary, Amnesty International Pasadena, Caltech Progressive Coalition, Pasadena City College Students for Social Justice, Women in Black Los Angeles, Coalition for World Peace, Caltech Peaceful Justice Coalition and American Friends Service Committee and National Lawyers Guild.

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The Algebra of Infinite Injustice: A Fundraiser for RAWA

A Fund Raiser for RAWA’s Malalai Hospital

In addition to the various free lectures, the Afghan Women’s Mission, in conjunction with Mia Kirshner and Track 16 Art Gallery, present “The Algebra of Infinite Injustice”, an evening of art, music, and words in support of RAWA.

Honoring Tahmeena Faryal of RAWA, Pakistan

Wednesday, November 14 2001 at 7 pm
Track 16 Gallery*, 2525 Michigan Avenue, C1, Santa Monica
(exit 10 fwy at Cloverfield. Go north. Turn right on Michigan)

Until a few years ago, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) administered the Malalai Hospital in Quetta, Pakistan. The hospital, one of the finest in the region, treated up to four hundred people a day, including landmine victims. Due to lack of funds, the hospital has been forced to shut down. The current war has only worsened conditions in Afghanistan, paving the way for a humanitarian disaster.

RAWA needs $300,000 to reopen Malalai Hospital.

RAWA was formed in Kabul in 1977 as a way to promote women’s rights through nonviolent action. Since then, this organization has evolved – it now runs schools, orphanages, mobile health-care units, self-help classes, and adult literacy classes, and it also provides emergency relief in refugee camps. The Afghan Women’s Mission was formed as the North American fundraiser for RAWA.
rsvp 310-456-5906

$100 Suggested Donation

$500 for 6PM cocktail party with Tahmeena Faryal

$2,500 Super Friends

No Host Bar

Absolutely No Photography

Make checks payable to the IHC/Afghan Women’s Mission, mail to 2460 N. Lake Avenue, PMB 207, Altadena, CA 91001. This event will sell out, get your reservation in soon.

ORGANIZED BY

Mia Kirshner, Pilar Perez, Sonali Kolhatkar, Steve Penners, Cindy Ojeda and Natasha Gregson Wagner

EVENT COMMITTEE

Bonnie Abaunza, Lida Abdullah, Roya Adjory, Kooshy Afshar, Ann Archer Artists for Amnesty, B+, Mariana Botey, Exene Cervenka, Susan Clark, Robbie Conal, Peter Coyote, Alfonso Cuaron, John Cusack, Dana Delany, John Densmore, D.V. DiVincentis, Robert Downey, Jr., Cheryl Dunn, Dave Eggers, Eve Ensler, Deliah Ephron, Nora Ephron, Jodie Evans, Susan Feiniger, Helen Fielding, Anne Fishbein, Bill Fishman, Stephen Frears, Eve and Bill Gerber, Dana Gluckstein, Marsea Goldberg, Ryan Gosring, Melanie Griffith, Guerrila Girls, Tom Hayden, Leslie Hope, Stephen Hopkins, Nick Hornby, Khaled Hosseini, Roya Hosseini, Arianna Huffington, Steve Irvin, Cynthia Janos, Glenn Kaino, Earl Katz, Diane Keaton, Sally Kellerman, Gita Khashabi, Lisa Love, Ustad Mahwash, Rebecca Marder, Ali McGraw, Dylan McDermott, Mary Sue Milliken, Sedika Mojadidi, Viggo Mortensen, Amitis Motevalli, Meena Nanji, Manuel and Sherry Ocampo, Will Oldham, Tom Patchett, Marisa Pearl, Rosie Perez, Sarah Polley, Katha Pollitt, Bonnie Raitt, Mary Anne Reyes, Shiva Rose, Arita Shahrzad, Laurie Steelink, Nancy Stevens, Eric Stoltz, Tara Subkoff, James Taylor, Ed Templeton, Benicio del Toro, Robert and Jill Wagner, Dan Waters, Chloe Webb, Mike Welch, Carol Wells, Barbara Williams, Alfre Woodard

*On view at the Gallery (beginning Nov. 10):

HERE IS NEW YORK
Images from the Frontline of History: A Democracy of Photographs

A VIEW FROM A GRAIN OF SAND
Images of RAWA’s Projects and the Lives of Afghan Refugees by Steve Penners, AWM President

OVERFLOWING
Lida Abdullah, Gita Khashabi, and Amitis Motevalli

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