Our Donations Were Stolen. Please Help Us Recover!

Dear friends and supporters of Afghan Women’s Mission and RAWA,

We are deeply saddened to inform you of a devastating incident that has affected our operations.

We were informed in mid-December 2011 that International Humanities Center (IHC), the non-profit group that we had hired to manage our funds since 2003, has lost all of our donations. All of the nearly 200 organizations that had accounts with IHC are the victims of this theft. Altogether, about $400,000 donated to Afghan Women’s Mission to fund RAWA’s projects were lost.

Nothing prepared us for this. We were, and still are, in shock.

Non-Profit Quarterly has an extensive report on the story here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). According to the report’s author:

“[t]he news of the IHC’s collapse struck most, if not all, of the IHC-affiliated projects as a complete shock. Staff or board members at the IHC projects we contacted were unanimously stunned, “blindsided,” and “bewildered.”

STEPS WE HAVE TAKEN
As soon as we found out that IHC had misappropriated our donations, we took the following steps:

  1. We removed all electronic donation forms from our website (which linked to IHC’s server)
  2. We held all checks received at our mailing address without forwarding them to IHC. These will now be deposited with our new fiscal sponsor SEE (see below).
  3. We began searching for a new fiscal sponsor to carry on our primary mission, funding the lifesaving work of RAWA.
  4. We have begun working with a coalition of many of the other organizations affiliated with IHC to uncover exactly what happened.
  5. We have been participating in an investigation of the California Attorney General’s office, sharing all our documents and information with them, to get to the bottom of this.
  6. We formed an advisory board to help oversee future operations and share expertise in our continued support of RAWA.

In addition we have been in contact with lawyers, and have consulted with other non-profit leaders to guide our actions over the past month.

However, the reality is that we may never recover the stolen funds.

RAWA NEEDS YOUR HELPClick here to donate

RAWA, whose life-saving projects AWM has funded for nearly 12 years, is struggling to cope with this abrupt cut in funding.

Danish school for girls in Farah province, RAWA’s flag ship project, has not been funded for the past 4 months. Teachers have gone without salaries and bills unpaid.

Additionally, a crucial emergency relief operation that RAWA carried out in December 2011, costing them $30,000, has not been reimbursed.

AWM and RAWA are in dire straits. We have become the victim of what appears to be serious deception at best, outright theft at worst. We need your help to cover the costs of RAWA’s projects as soon as possible.

Click here to help AWM and RAWA rebuild.

OUR NEW FISCAL SPONSOR

We are pleased to announce that beginning on February 8, 2012, Afghan Women’s Mission became a Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE). Established in 1994, SEE has a long track record of providing reliable and stable non-profit financial services. Currently they serve about 100 projects in total.

SEE is a “fiscal sponsor,” a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that confers nonprofit status on small organizations like AWM. In exchange for a small percentage of all donations (6.5% in the case of SEE), a fiscal sponsor manages its projects’ funds, processes and deposits donations, files taxes, sends out tax receipts, etc. These are extremely useful services for organizations like Afghan Women’s Mission that are run entirely by volunteers.

SEE’s operations are consistent with the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors’ Guidelines for Comprehensive Fiscal Sponsorship. In particular, they receive an external audit every year to ensure that project donations are spent where donors intend and are never ever spent on SEE’s own operational costs.

View SEE’s 990 tax forms for the years:
2007
2008
2009
2010

NOTE: SEE’s 2010 Audited Financial Statement is also available upon request.

QUESTIONS?

Many of our donors will understandably be very upset about this devastating incident. Please contact us with any questions you may have and we will do our best to answer them all.

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6th Annual Fair Trade and Conscious Gifts Holiday Bazaar

Holiday bazaarWHEN: Saturday December 10th, from 11 am to 4 pm
WHERE: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd, LA CA 90005 (Geneva Room – wheelchair accessible)

Don’t spend your hard earned dollars at the mall, buying overpriced gifts made in countries with no labor or environmental protections!

Shop with a clear conscience at our 6th Annual Fair Trade and Conscious Gifts Holiday Bazaar.

Browse through a wide selection of hand-made goods made either internationally with fair-trade standards, or locally by LA-based artists.

There will be jewelry, purses, pillow covers, and more from Afghanistan, as well as books, T-shirts, candles, soaps, oils, handicrafts, and much much more!

Confirmed vendors include Afghan Women’s Mission, Ten Thousand Villages, Theo Chocolate, Vida Verde, BeadforLife, Zatoun Palestinian Olive Oil, Los Switcheros del Norte, Southern California Library, Garment Workers Center, Skool Boiz, Radka Falk, Brian Biery, Sunshine, and many more!

Check out our new inventory of hand-made gifts from Afghanistan, made in RAWA’s income generation projects BELOW!

Download the flyer here.

Entrance is Free. There will be complementary hot coffee and tea plus delectable cookies and pastries!

Watch a video of an interview by AWM Co-Director Sonali Kolhatkar with Fair Trade LA Coordinator Joan Harper about Fair Trade goods and the Holiday Bazaar:

Some of the new hand-made items from Afghanistan that you will find at this year’s Holiday Bazaar:

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View Recorded Webcast “Surviving the Longest War”

Our event last Friday was a great success! The Skype connection with Afghanistan was impeccable, with excellent sound and video quality. Thanks to our friends at Keycode Media, we were able to stream the event live and capture a full recording, which we now present (after minor edits to clean up dead time and fix some graphics).

For those who missed our live webcast with Reena of RAWA, here it is:

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AWM Marks Tenth Anniversary of the Afghanistan War


On the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. war, an underground activist tells the real story of the Occupation & Afghan Resistance

Reena, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the women of Afghanistan (RAWA), will address American audiences via live video stream.

RSVP for the event on Facebook.

Download the flyer here.

AWM Co-Director and KPFK’s Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar will lead the conversation with Reena via video streaming in front of a live audience. The event will be webcast live on AWM’s website. Questions will be drawn from the in-person audience, and the online audience via Facebook.

WHEN: Friday Oct 7 2011 7pm PST / 10 PM EST
WHERE: Creveling Lounge (CC bld, 2nd floor) PCC campus, Pasadena California or @afghanwomensmission.org.

Open to the public. Entrance is free. There will be books and crafts available for sale.

If you are unable to attend this event, you can watch a live webcast of the entire event on this website! Click here to find out the time of the webcast in your city.

Organized in collaboration with PCC’s Students for Social Justice. KPFK is a media sponsor.

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Video Message from Malalai Joya on 10th Anniversary of US War

Former Afghan MP, Human Rights Activist and Author of “A Woman Among Warlords,” Malalai Joya, recorded this message on the Tenth Anniversary of the War and Occupation of Afghanistan:

Transcript of Joya’s message:

Hi everyone, I would like to thank all supporters and anti-war movements around the world who are marking the dark day of occupation of U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan.

Respected friends – 10 years ago the U.S. and NATO invaded my country under the fake banners of women’s rights, human rights, and democracy. But after a decade, Afghanistan still remains the most uncivil, most corrupt, and most war torn country in the world. The consequences of the so-called war on terror has only been more bloodshed, crimes, barbarism, human rights, and women’s rights violations, which has doubled the miseries and sorrows of our people.

During these bloody years, tens of thousands of innocent civilians have been killed by occupation forces and terrorist groups. When Barack Obama took office in 2008, unfortunately his first news for my people was more conflict and more war. It was during Obama’s administration that civilian death tolls increased by 24%. And the result of the surge of troops of Obama’s administration is more massacres, more crimes, violence, destruction, pain, and tragedy. That’s why he has proved himself as a warmonger — as second even more dangerous Bush.

According to the Afghanistan Right Monitor in 2010, 7 civilians were killed everyday. U.S. and NATO tell us they will leave Afghanistan by the middle of 2014, but on another hand they’re talking about U.S. permanent military bases in Afghanistan. They will not leave our country soon. They are there for their own strategic regional and economic interests. That is why they want to change Afghanistan into a military and intelligence base in Asia.

The western governments not only betray Afghan people, they betray their own people too. They are wasting their taxpayer money in the blood of their soldiers by supporting a war, which only safeguard the interests of the big corporations and the Afghan criminal warlord rulers.

I think democracy never comes by military invasion. Democracy without independence and justice is meaningless. It is only the nation who can liberate themselves.

I believe that the only solution for the catastrophic situation of Afghanistan is withdrawal of ALL of the troops of our country because their presence is making much harder our struggle for justice and peace. By empowering the reactionary dark minded terrorist groups who are great obstacles for true democratic minded elements. If honestly they leave Afghanistan , the backbone of fundamentalist warlords in Taliban will break.

I hope one-day Afghanistan also will see the glorious uprising like in Middle East countries. As right now we are witnessing the small uprising in some provinces in Afghanistan like Herat, Kunar, Nangarhar, Mazar-e-Sharif, Farah, Kabul, and many other provinces which is a big source of hope for the bright future of Afghanistan.

So now I would like to ask all peace-loving, justice-seekers, anti-war movements and democratic-minded intellectuals, individuals around the world to join their hands with democratic-minded people of our country who are able to fight against fundamentalism and occupation. Therefore, my message to you is please empower my people educationally, as I believe education is a key against ignorance and toward emancipation.

Thank you very much.

Long live freedom. Down with Occupation.

Find out more about Joya at www.malalaijoya.com.

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US-Backed Fundamentalists in Afghan War No Different From 9/11 Perpetrators

AWM’s Sonali Kolhatkar Interviews a Member of RAWA

Ten years ago, when the terrorist attacks took place on September 11th, 2001, my colleagues and I in the Afghan Women’s Mission watched in shock and horror as thousands of innocent people lost their lives. We knew right away however, that retaliation would be aimed at Afghanistan and that all Afghans, including the women of the underground organization RAWA who we worked in solidarity with, would become targets of American bombs.

On September 14th, 2001, RAWA issued a statement entitled “The people of Afghanistan have nothing to do with Osama and his accomplices.” In it, they expressed their condolences, and warned that past U.S. policy had led to this day:

RAWA stands with the rest of the world in expressing our sorrow and condemnation for this barbaric act of violence and terror. RAWA had already warned that the United States should not support the most treacherous, most criminal, most anti-democracy and anti-women Islamic fundamentalist parties because after both the Jehadis and the Taliban have committed every possible type of heinous crimes against our people, they would feel no shame in committing such crimes against the American people whom they consider “infidel”. In order to gain and maintain their power, these barbaric criminals are ready to turn easily to any criminal force.

RAWA went on to urge the US against launching a war: “vast and indiscriminate military attacks on a country that has been facing …disasters for more than two decades will not be a matter of pride.”

On October 11th, four days after the bombs began dropping on Afghanistan, RAWA once more urged the US to do the right thing, predicting accurately the outcome of the war: “[t]he continuation of US attacks and the increase in the number of innocent civilian victims not only gives an excuse to the Taliban, but also will cause the empowering of the fundamentalist forces in the region and even in the world.”

A month later, when the Taliban were rapidly pushed out of Kabul, RAWA realized that the US was ready to replace the Taliban with their ideological brethren, the Northern Alliance (NA) warlords. They issued yet another international appeal, warning: “[t]he NA will horribly intensify the ethnic and religious conflicts and will never refrain to fan the fire of another brutal and endless civil war in order to retain in power.”

Sadly RAWA’s warnings were ignored and the last ten years have borne out their predictions. The Afghan war continues with no end in sight, and with an increasing empowered Taliban, corrupt central government dominated by members of the Northern Alliance, and ordinary people caught in the crossfire.

On this tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, I interviewed a member of RAWA who goes by the name, Reena.

Sonali Kolhatkar: What was your reaction when you first heard about the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington ten years ago? Did you have any idea that within a month, the U.S. would begin attacking Afghanistan?

Reena: Well, the first reaction of course, was the whole world was shocked. We were also shocked and of course sad for the innocent people who were killed in the World Trade Center. But what the U.S. then did was a pretty natural reaction for us, as you know with the history of the U.S. we know that invading in other countries is their policy. But, what we were most scared of and what we braced ourselves for was that they would install the old criminals and enemies of the Afghan people, that is the Northern Alliance under a nice cover as a democratic government. This was something we predicted, and we also predicted much worse conditions as compared to those under the Taliban.

Sonali Kolhatkar: Would you say that the same forces, the same ideology that manifested itself in the U.S. on September 11, 2001, is affecting and oppressing women inside Afghanistan?

Reena: Well, yes, in a different way. You see, fundamentalism is global, and it is just under different brands in every place. But, what it does to women, what it does to people, what it does if it comes to power, is the same everywhere. So, fundamentalism under the name of Taliban, fundamentalism under the name of jihadis, or Northern Alliance, or let’s just say under the name of the Iranian government, or some other terrorist group in some other part of the world, does the same thing, if they come to power, if they are empowered the way the U.S. has empowered the warlords.

Sonali Kolhatkar: Many Americans didn’t know the history of U.S. support for fundamentalist forces in Afghanistan as well as for the many Arab fighters that came to Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union. Here in the United States, Americans were surprised about the consequences on 9/11, but in Afghanistan, it seemed as though most people weren’t surprised.

Reena: Yes, absolutely. You just need to look at the history, and unfortunately, these very important things don’t get mainstream media attention in the U.S. But if you just look at the recent history, you can very clearly see that America’s policy has always been to use the fundamentalists for its own interest, as it did thirty years ago with the Mujahideen, as it presently does with some terrorist groups, as it has always been doing. If you just read a good history book, it’s just plain. They’ve always helped the Mujahideen and the warlords, as long as it was for a bit of trust in overthrowing the Soviets, and then coming to power, and today allowing U.S. to have its bases, and military presence in everything, so it’s good as long as it’s in its interest. They will support anything, including such brutal fundamentalists.

Sonali Kolhatkar: Now, RAWA was for years speaking out through your website internationally and via other means, about the oppression of women by the Taliban. How did you respond when President Bush began, and his wife Laura Bush began using women’s rights as one of the reasons to launch the war in Afghanistan?

Reena: Well, using women’s rights seemed very ridiculous from the very start. We have always said that Bush, that America itself brought back to power, the Northern Alliance warlords. They are never going to be doing something beneficial for women. The conditions of women are worse, as we have seen now. But, it wasn’t ever going to help them. So, you know, it was very ridiculous that Mr. Bush and Laura Bush wanted to help the Afghan women and people. If they did, they wouldn’t have installed these criminals. They wouldn’t have given them so much power. There are many democratic groups in Afghanistan; maybe they could have, you know, negotiated with them, talked to them. From the very start, it seemed like the most ridiculous thing to do to bring such fundamentalists back to power and using women as an excuse to invade a country. But, they were not really helping them with such fundamentalists in power, as proven after ten years of the occupation, and of the rule of these warlords.

Sonali Kolhatkar: So, in the past nearly ten years now under the U.S. and NATO occupation – I know it’s a very big question to ask – how have women’s rights been set back over ten years, specifically regarding the laws that the Afghan Parliament has passed that have been very misogynist, and the way in which the U.S.-backed government’s judicial system has attacked women? Are things today, legally and politically speaking, worse for women than under the Taliban, or are they about just as bad?

Reena: Well, the laws that you just mentioned are not getting enough attention – that is one of the things that affects women badly. But basically in Afghanistan there is no legal system, there is no judiciary. There is nothing to protect women if they’re being abused, or they’re being hurt, or need help. So there is no proper legal system to prosecute people and bring them to justice. If there is a legal system, it is used in the interest of the warlords who are in power. For example, the Parliament is using their power to pass such laws. The judiciary will pass very controversial sentences which according to them are in accordance with Sha’aria law. There is no law, and if there is, it’s in the hands of these warlords who twist and turn them for their own benefit, according to their own misogynist mentality, and use it against women. So there is no protection or justice whatsoever for the bereaved women of Afghanistan.

Sonali Kolhatkar: Ten years after the September 11th attacks happened, there’s still a lot of ignorance about Afghanistan. Even though we have been fighting a war there longer than any other war in U.S. history, there’s still so much ignorance. What do you recommend for Americans to do about the war, and to better educate themselves?

Reena: People should consult RAWA’s website, www.rawa.org, well as our news section on that site, for daily updates on Afghanistan and the horrible things that happen to women over there. As for what American people can do, as we’ve always said, I think they should first of all call for the withdrawal of the troops, as the military presence has not helped Afghan people in any way. That has been proven in the past ten years. And, as I said before, there are truly democratic groups in Afghanistan that can actually help the Afghan people. But the U.S. military bases and troops are not required for this. These warlords have to be disarmed, have to be removed from power, and then maybe we can talk about a better Afghanistan and women’s rights.

Reena is a member of RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Sonali Kolhatkar is the Co-Director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, and host of Uprising on KPFK Pacifica Radio.

This interview has been edited for clarity. The audio portion will be broadcast nationally on Sunday September 11th 2011 as part of Pacifica Radio’s 9/11 Anniversary Special. Special thanks to Sana Shuja for transcribing.

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Vote for Malalai Joya – 9th Annual Human Rights Award

Vote for JoyaMalalai Joya, former Afghan MP and author of A Woman Among Warlords, has been nominated for the 9th Annual Global Exchange Human Rights Award, as part of the People’s Choice Contest.

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ACTION ALERT: March 23 is Natl’ Call-In Day to Demand Malalai Joya Visa

Nearly a week after former Afghan Parliamentarian and acclaimed human rights activist Malalai Joya was denied a U.S. visa, a national network of activists is calling on everyone across the country to demand that the State Department let Ms. Joya in.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

On Wednesday March 23, call Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department at 202-647-5291 between 9 am to 5 pm Eastern Standard Time. Press “1” and leave a comment stating that you are outraged at Malalai Joya’s exclusion from the U.S. and that you would like the State Department to immediately grant Ms. Joya an emergency appointment and visa at any U.S. Embassy she has applied.

BACKGROUND

Joya was due to enter the U.S. on March 19th for three weeks of events spanning over a dozen states to promote the paper-back edition of her book A Woman Among Warlords. She was turned down for her visa application on the basis of “living underground” and being “unemployed.” Afghan activists who criticize their government are routinely forced to live underground due to the risks to their lives, and the vast majority of Afghan women are unemployed. Ms. Joya has come to the U.S. at least 4 times before since 2006. She was listed last November by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, and this month by the Guardian newspaper as one of the top 100 women activists and campaigners in the world. Joya faces incredible security threats – she has survived at least 4 assassination attempts leading her to live underground.

The reasons for Ms. Joya’s exclusion is most likely politically based – her outspoken opposition to the U.S.-NATO war in Afghanistan now resonates with a majority of Americans and her 2011 tour would have potentially drawn the biggest audiences yet. The ACLU has called the increased phenomenon of denying visas to international activists and intellectuals, as “ideological exclusion.” On Friday March 19, nine U.S. representatives and Senators including Jim McDermott, John Kerry, and Bernie Sanders, wrote to the U.S. Embassy urging them to reconsider their decision. To date there has been no official response that we know of.

Currently Ms. Joya is at an undisclosed location. American officials have privately responded that she ought to apply at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and that she would likely be granted a visa from there. However, Ms. Joya faces grave risks to her life in Afghanistan and is unable to move freely and openly there – a fact that U.S. authorities seem ignorant of. Additionally when she was forced out of the Afghan parliament by U.S.-backed warlords in 2007, a ban on her travel from Afghanistan was issued, which is still in effect.

The United States should grant Malalai Joya a visa immediately from any U.S. Embassy.

It is an insult to her and all Afghan women that she has been excluded from attending her speaking events in the U.S. and it is a travesty that Americans are denied the right to hear directly from her about the Afghan war.

Click here to find out what else you can do to help Malalai Joya be allowed into the U.S.

Click here for our press release about Malalai Joya’s visa denial.

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ACTION ALERT: Four Things YOU Can Do About Malalai Joya’s Visa Denial

The U.S. Embassy this week denied famed Afghan women’s rights activist Malalai Joya a visa to the United States for an extensive speaking tour that was to kick off on Saturday March 19th. Americans are being denied the right to hear from an on-the-ground activist how the war is affecting ordinary Afghans, especially women.

Read AWM’s press release about it here.

FOUR THINGS YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT:

1. Urge your elected representatives to send a letter urging the U.S. Embassy to reconsider their decision

Representatives Jim McDermott, Jay Inslee, Keith Ellison, Peter Welch, Betty McCollum, and Senators Patrick Leahy, Patty Murray, Bernard Sanders, and Bill Pascrell signed a letter on Friday March 18th, urging the US Embassy to grant Malalai Joya a visa. A copy of the letter can be found here.

Ask your Senator or Representative to draft and sign a similar letter. Email us for details if you have a representative interested in supporting Malalai Joya. The more elected representatives that send letters, the greater the chance that the U.S. Embassy will reverse their visa denial.

2. Sign an online petition demanding Malalai Joya be granted a visa to the United States

Click here to sign the petition. Then, send it to all your friends and post it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

3. Attend one of the many events organized for Malalai around the country

Whether she gets to the U.S. or not it is imperative that the events go on as scheduled. If she is unable to be physically present organizers will attempt to have her speak to the audience via live video chat. Transform the events into “free-speech” events, to affirm your right to hear from people like Malalai Joya.

Details of Malalai’s tour are here.

4. Demand media coverage of Malalai’s Visa Denial

Contact local and national media urging them to cover Malalai Joya’s visa exclusion. The denial of a visa to Afghanistan’s most intrepid and well known feminist should make headlines! Point them to our press release for details.

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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