Report of RAWA Benefit with Zoya, Eve Ensler, Michelle Shocked, Mimi Kennedy, and Sonali Kolhatkar

October 7th 2006 marked the 5th anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom. AWM organized a major benefit event for RAWA at Cinespace in Hollywood on Saturday October 7th with special guests Eve Ensler (“Vagina Monologues”, V-day), recording artist Michelle Shocked, actor and activist, Mimi Kennedy & Zoya (RAWA). Plus exclusive a sneak film preview of “A View from a Grain of Sand” by Meena Nanji. The event was hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar (KPFK, AWM).

Click here for an announcement of the event.

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Photographs from Breaking the Propaganda of Silence

by Brian Biery (www.brianbiery.com)

Eve Ensler speaking about Afghanistan, RAWA, and her new book, Insecure at Last.
Eve Ensler speaking about Afghanistan, RAWA, and her new book, “Insecure at Last”.
Eve Ensler reading from her new book, “Insecure at Last”.
Eve Ensler reading from her new book, Insecure at Last.
RAWA member Zoya meeting guests attending the event (for security purposes, RAWA members do not reveal their identities).
RAWA member Zoya being interviewed (for security purposes, RAWA members do not reveal their identities).
Actor and activist Mimi Kennedy speaking about Afghanistan and introducing Eve Ensler.
Acclaimed singer Michelle Shocked performing several songs.
Acclaimed singer Michelle Shocked performing several songs.
Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls, co-Directors of Afghan Women’s Mission with Michelle Shocked.
Mimi Kennedy with film maker Patricia Foulkrod and a guest.
AWM Co-Director Sonali Kolhatkar hosted the event.
AWM Co-Director, Sonali Kolhatkar reading from her new book with James Ingalls, “Bleeding Afghanistan.”
AWM Co-Director, Sonali Kolhatkar with Eve Ensler.
AWM volunteers distributing raffle prizes.
AWM volunteer Cheryll Roberts staffing the AWM table laden with RAWA crafts, T-shirts, books and other items.
AWM volunteer Cheryll Roberts staffing the AWM table laden with RAWA crafts, T-shirts, books and other items.
Guests browsing AWM’s table.
Donated gifts for the silent auction.
Donated gifts for the silent auction.
Eve Ensler signing books near the end of the event.
Eve Ensler signing books near the end of the event, pictured with AWM volunteer Phyllis Losorelli (right).
Eve Ensler signing books near the end of the event.
Eve Ensler signing books near the end of the event.
AWM Co-Director James Ingalls being interviewed.
AWM Co-Director Sonali Kolhatkar signing a copy of her book.
Sponsoring organizations with their tables in the outer lounge.
Codepink, a sponsoring organization, hosted a table in the outer lounge.
Media sponsor, KPFK, hosted a table in the outer lounge.
Film makers Sally Marr and Peter Dudar, who sponsored the event, posing with AWM volunteer Heather Wayland.
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