Spring 2011 U.S. Tour for Malalai Joya (NY, DC Events JUST ADDED!)

Malalai JoyaMalalai Joya, the acclaimed Afghan activist and author of A Woman Among Warlords with Derrick O’Keefe, will tour the United States this Spring to call attention to the on-going Afghan war and prospects for ending it. A Woman Among Warlords has just been published in paperback and will be on sale at all her events. Below is a preliminary schedule of her events- this page is being constantly updated. Click here to read an essay by AWM Co-Director Sonali Kolhatkar, announcing Malalai Joya’s national tour.

NOTE: Due to visa problems, Malalai Joya was unable to attend her scheduled appearances in New York and Washington DC. We are pleased to announce that her tour has just been extended to enable her to return to the East Coast. Click here for details.

MASSACHUSETTS

What: Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan
When: Friday March 25 5:30 pm
Where: Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
Co-sponsor: Haymarket Books, UJP Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force, Massachusetts Peace Action, UNAC
For more info: Rsvp and invite friends on Facebook. Seating is first come, first served. Contact: sarah@haymarketbooks.org

What: Malalai Joya: Liberating Afghan Women
When: Saturday, March 26, 3-5 pm
Where: First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain
Co-sponsors: Jamaica Plain Forum, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Boston Branch
For more info: www.jamaicaplainforum.org or call Liz at 617-477-8630 x 301

What: On Ending the Occupation of Afghanistan
When: Monday March 28 at 4 pm
Where: 106 Thompson Hall, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Co-sponsors: Western Massachusetts American Friends Service Committee , Media Education Foundation, Peace and World Security Studies, American Friends
For more info: Call 413-584-8975 or email office@afscwm.org

What: On Ending the Occupation of Afghanistan
When: Monday March 28 at 7:30 pm
Where: Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College, Northampton MA
Co-sponsors: Smith College Anthropology Department, Smith College Global Studies Center, Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), Alliance for Peace and Justice, Western Massachusetts.
For more info: Call 413-584-8975 or email office@afscwm.org

VERMONT

What: Malalai Joya and the Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan
When: Sunday March 27 at 5 pm
Where: Davis Student Center, University of Vermont Campus Burlington VT
Co-sponsors: International Socialist Organization, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Stop the F-35 Coalition.
For more info: Email jramey1979@gmail.com, 802-309-4824

NEW HAMPSHIRE

What: Afghanistan: Nearly Ten Years Into the US War
When: Tuesday March 29 at 6 pm
Where: University of NH, Memorial Union Building, 83 Main Street, Durham NH
Co-sponsors: Organization sponsoring the event: UNH Peace and Justice League & Seacoast Peace Response
For more info: Email freid.alex@gmail.com, or call 603-608-9859, or visit www.seacoastpeaceresponse.org.

PENNSYLVANIA

What: Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords
When: Wednesday March 30 from 4-6 pm with book signing at 3 pm
Where: Villanova University, 800 E. Lancaster Avenue Villanova, PA 19085 (Bartley 1011, is in a corner building across the street from free parking on the South side of Lancaster Pike.)
Co-sponsors: TBA
For more info: email Joe Betz at joseph.betz@villanova.edu, or call 610-519-4708.

What: Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords
When: Wednesday, March 30, 8:00-9:30pm
Where: Arch St Meeting House, 4th & Arch Sts., Philadelphia, PA
Co-sponsors: Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends and the Arch St. Friends Meeting
For more info: Email Marge Van Cleef mvc@igc.org, or call 267-763-1644 or call Elisabeth at 215-382-1531

ILLINOIS

What: Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords
When: Thursday March 31 at 7 pm
Where: Chopin Theatre, 1543 West Division, Chicago, IL (Division/Ashland/Milwaukee, Division Blue Line, #70Division bus #9Ashland bus, #56Milwaukee bus)
Co-sponsors: Haymarket Books and TruthOut.org
For more info: sarah@haymarketbooks.org

MINNEAPOLIS

What: Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords
When: Friday April 1 at 7 pm
Where: St Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Ave South, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Co-sponsors: Women Against Military Madness and the Twin Cities Peace Campaign.
For more info and tickets (@$10 each): contact TCPC at 612-522-1861 or 612-827-5364 or visit www.worldwidewamm.org

OREGON

What: “A Women Among Warlords”: An Afghan Woman Tells her Story
When: Sunday April 3 at 7 pm
Where: Willamette University, 900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301
Co-sponsors: Lilly Foundation
For more info: Email mduerkse@willamette.edu

WASHINGTON STATE

What: Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords – Bellingham
When: Monday April 4, 12-1:20 pm
Where: PAC Concert Hall, WWU, 516 High St, Bellingham
Co-Sponsors: Peace Action of WA, WWU/Fairhaven College World Issues Forum
For more info: Fred Miller, email: freefred@comcast.net, phone: 206 453-4471

What: Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords – Lynnwood
When: Monday April 4, 3:30-5:00 pm
Where: Black Box Theatre, Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th ave W, Lynnwood
Co-Sponsors: Peace Action of WA, Snohomish Co. Peace Action, Edmonds Community College
For more info: Fred Miller, email: freefred@comcast.net, phone: 206 453-4471

What: Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords – Seattle
When: Monday April 4, 7 pm
Where: Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard (at Seneca st.), Seattle WA
Co-sponsors: Sponsors: Peace Action of WA, Seattle First Baptist, Partners in Peacemaking, Seattle NOW
For more info: Fred Miller, email: freefred@comcast.net, phone: 206 453-4471

What: Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords – Tacoma
When: Tuesday, April 5, 7 pm
Where: William Phillip Hall, UW Tacoma campus
Co-sponsors: Peace Action of WA, UW/T MLK Jr. Institute for Social and Economic Justice
For more info: Fred Miller, email: freefred@comcast.net, phone: 206 453-4471

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

What: Ending the Afghan War: A Lecture by Malalai Joya
When: Thursday April 7, 1:30 – 3 pm
Where: Cal State Los Angeles campus, University Student Union LA room
Co-Sponsors: Students for Social Justice at CSULA, Earth LA, Afghan Women’s Mission, KPFK
For more info: email info@afghanwomensmission.org, call 626-676-7884.

What: Ending the Afghan War: A Lecture by Malalai Joya
When: Thursday April 7 at 7 pm
Where: University of Southern California Campus, Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) Rm 201
Co-Sponsors: Political Student Assembly, Afghan Women’s Mission, KPFK
For more info: email info@afghanwomensmission.org, call 626-676-7884.

What: Ending the Afghan War: A Lecture by Malalai Joya
When: Friday April 8 from 12 noon – 2 pm
Where: MCC Lounge, University of California Santa Barbara
Co-Sponsors: Multicultural Center, Mellichamp Fund – Department of Religious Studies, Afghan Women’s Mission, KPFK
For more info: Call 805 893 8411.

What: Ending the Afghan War: A Lecture by Malalai Joya
When: Friday April 8, Doors open 6 pm, event begins 7 pm
Where: Golden West College, Forum I, 15744 Golden West Street, at the intersection of Golden West Street and Edinger Avenue, in Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Exit at Golden West or Edinger from the 405 Freeway. Click here for a campus map. Forum I is in Building 12 in the south end of campus, and the closest parking lot is “D”.
Co-Sponsors: Peace Mind, and Body Club at GWC, Afghan Women’s Mission, KPFK
For more info: email info@afghanwomensmission.org, call 626-676-7884.

SAN FRANCISCO

What: Ending the Afghan War: With Malalai Joya
When: Saturday April 9 from 7-9 pm, 6-7, reception/light refreshments
Where: Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, on the corner of 15th St and Julian (between Mission and Valencia), San Francisco (by the 16th St BART).
Co-Sponsors: Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF/SF)
For more info: Email sfjoya@gmail.com

What: Rally Against the Wars at Home and Abroad
When: Sunday April 10, 11 am onwards
Where: Assemble at Dolores Park in San Francisco at 11 am, rally at 12 noon, march at 1:30 pm.
Co-Sponsors: United National Anti-war Committee (UNAC) and hundreds of social justice organizations
For more info: Visit www.unacpeace.org, email unacnortherncalifornia@gmail.com, or call 415-49-NO-WAR

What: An Evening with Malalai Joya
When: Monday April 11, 5 to 6:30 pm
Where: University of San Francisco, Fromm, Maraschi Room – download flyer here.
Co-Sponsors: Department of Politics, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Leo T McCarthy Center for Public Service, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, Middle Eastern Studies Department, Student Bar Association, Women’s Law Association, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
For more info:call (415) 422-5820

WASHINGTON DC – JUST ADDED!

What: Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords
When: Wednesday April 13, 4:40 to 6 pm
Where: Daugherty-Palmer Commons, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
Co-Sponsors: Political Science Department; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
For more info: Contact Prof. Sahar Shafqat, sshafqat@smcm.edu, 240-895-4910

NEW YORK – JUST ADDED!

What: An evening with Malalai Joya featuring Eve Ensler: Women Facing War in Afghanistan, and the Need for U.S. Solidarity
When: Friday, April 15, 7 to 9 pm
Where: CUNY Graduate Center, Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Ave at 34th Street [BDFV & NQRW trains to 34th St, 6 train to 33]
Co-Sponsors: South Asian Solidarity Initiative, War Resisters League, V Day, and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics
For more info: RSVP on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/malalai or contact prachi@southasianinitiative.org.

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Nine Afghan Boys Collecting Firewood Killed by NATO Helicopters

March 2, 2011
By ALISSA J. RUBIN and SANGAR RAHIMI
The New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — Nine boys collecting firewood to heat their homes in the eastern Afghanistan mountains were killed by NATO helicopter gunners who mistook them for insurgents, according to a statement on Wednesday by NATO, which apologized for the mistake.

The boys, who were 9 to 15 years old, were attacked on Tuesday in what amounted to one of the war’s worst cases of mistaken killings by foreign-led forces. The victims included two sets of brothers. A 10th boy survived.

The NATO statement, which included an unusual personal apology by the commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus, said the boys had been misidentified as the attackers of a NATO base earlier in the day. News of the attack enraged Afghans and led to an anti-American demonstration on Wednesday in the village of Nanglam, where the boys were from. The only survivor, Hemad, 11, said his mother had told him to go out with other boys to collect firewood because “the weather is very cold now.”

“We were almost done collecting the wood when suddenly we saw the helicopters come,” said Hemad, who, like many Afghans, has only one name. “There were two of them. The helicopters hovered over us, scanned us and we saw a green flash from the helicopters. Then they flew back high up, and in a second round they hovered over us and started shooting. They fired a rocket which landed on a tree. The tree branches fell over me and shrapnel hit my right hand and my side.”

The tree, Hemad said, saved his life by covering him so that he could not be seen by the helicopters, which, he said, “shot the boys one after another.”

General Petraeus pledged to investigate the attack and to take disciplinary action if appropriate.

“We are deeply sorry for this tragedy and apologize to the members of the Afghan government, the people of Afghanistan and, most importantly, the surviving family members of those killed by our actions,” he said. “These deaths should have never happened.”

It was the third instance in two weeks in which the Afghan government has accused NATO of killing civilians. NATO strongly disputes one of those reports, but another — the killing of an Afghan Army soldier and his family in Nangarhar Province on Feb. 20 — was also described as an accident.

The attack on the boys occurred high in the mountains outside Nanglam in the Pech Valley of Kunar Province. American troops are preparing to close their bases in the valley in the next several weeks, in part because their presence has vexed the villagers, who would prefer to be left alone. The area is poor, and the only major road was built to service Forward Operating Base Blessing, according to local residents.

A rocket attack on the base on Tuesday led to a helicopter search for the insurgents responsible, the NATO statement said. The base is surrounded by mountains and is the frequent target of Taliban fighters, who shoot down on it from the rocky heights.

The helicopters “returned fire at the assessed point of origin with indirect and aerial fire,” the NATO statement said. “Regrettably there appears to have been an error in the handoff between identifying the location of the insurgents and the attack helicopters that carried out subsequent operations.”

Villagers — who heard the gunfire in the mountains and worried when the children did not return home — went to look for them. The boys had been out since the morning, local people said.

“As soon as we heard about the attack on the village’s children, all the village men rushed to the mountains to find out what really happened,” said Ashabuddin, a shopkeeper from Manogai, a nearby village, whose nephew Khalid was among those killed.

“Finally we found the dead bodies. Some of the dead bodies were really badly chopped up by the rockets,” he said. “The head of a child was missing. Others were missing limbs.”

“We tried to find the body pieces and put them together. As it was getting late, we brought down the bodies in a rope bed. We buried them in the village’s cemetery,” Ashabuddin added. “The children were all from poor families; otherwise no one would send their sons up to the mountains despite the known threats from both insurgents and Americans.”

Khalid, 14, was the only male in the family, Ashabuddin said. “He was studying in sixth grade of the orphanage school and working because his father died four years ago due to a long-term sickness. His father was a day laborer. He has 13 sisters and two mothers. He was the sole breadwinner of the family. I don’t know what would happen to his family to his sisters and mothers. They are all female and poor.”

President Hamid Karzai, who was in London for an official visit, condemned the attack “in the strongest terms possible.”

Calling it “ruthless,” he questioned whether the Western goals of combating terrorism and securing Afghanistan could be achieved if civilians continued to die.

More than 200 people gathered in Nanglam on Wednesday to protest the boys’ deaths, witnesses said. Waving white flags, they shouted “Death, death to America!” and “Death to Obama and his colleagues and associates!”

An Afghan employee of The New York Times contributed reporting
from Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

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