7th Annual Fair Trade and Conscious Gifts holiday Bazaar

WHEN: Saturday December 1st, from 10 am to 3 pm
WHERE: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd, LA CA 90005 (Geneva Room – wheelchair accessible)

Browse through a large selection of affordable, sweat-shop free arts and crafts made by artisans internationally and locally, including embroidered pillow-covers, wallets and purses from Afghanistan, locally made jewelry, blankets, scarves and tote-bags, candles, soaps, oils, fair trade coffee & honey, conscious books, CDs, and including the famous soup beans by the Women’s Bean Project…plus much more!

Afghan Women’s Mission will be a proud vendor at the 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar! We will have purses, jewelry, trinket boxes, and more, handmade from Afghanistan. All sales will benefit AWM’s important projects!

Click here to download a flyer for the event.

FREE ENTRANCE & complementary refreshments while you shop

All proceeds will directly benefit the artists and workers who made the items.

More information at www.9to5california.org. This event is organized by 9to5 Los Angeles and co-sponsored by Afghan Women’s Mission. KPFK is the media sponsor.

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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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Malalai Joya Visits Southern California April 7-8 2011

ACCLAIMED AFGHAN ACTIVIST SHARES HER STORY AND THE REALITY OF THE AFGHANISTAN WAR
Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya, former Afghan parliamentarian and author of A Woman Among Warlords, will be speaking at 4 events in Southern California. Elected to the Afghan parliament in 2006, Joya was the nation’s youngest MP, and known for her outspoken views against the U.S. backed warlords that dominate the government. She has survived 4 assassination attempts, and in 2007, was kicked out of Parliament by the very men she criticized. Women and men across Afghanistan demonstrated for her reinstatement.

Joya is also a staunch critic of the U.S.-NATO war in Afghanistan. She was initially denied a visa to the U.S. for her Spring 2011 book tour, but after a national campaign to overturn the decision, was finally let into the country to finish her tour.

In 2009 Malalai Joya published her memoir, A Woman Among Warlords (Scribner). Noam Chomsky said of her book, “Malalai Joya leaves us with hope that the tormented people of Afghanistan can take their fate into their own hands if they are released from the grip of foreign powers.”

Malalai Joya will make 4 public appearances in Southern California April 7-8 2011. Special thanks to KPFK our media sponsor. Sonali Kolhatkar, Co-director of Afghan Women’s Mission, and host of KPFK’s Uprising, will introduce Malalai at all the events.

Download a 4×9 postcard of the events. Download an 8.5×11 poster of the event. [WARNING: Files are large].

All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited so come early! Copies of her book will be available for purchase.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY OF LOS ANGELES

When: Thursday April 7, 1:30 – 3 pm
Where: Cal State Los Angeles campus, University Student Union LA room, 5154 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Co-Sponsor: Students for Social Justice at CSULA, Earth LA
For more info: email info@afghanwomensmission.org, call 626-676-7884.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

When: Thursday April 7 at 7 pm
Where: University of Southern California Campus, Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) Rm 201, 3501 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, CA 90089. Click here for a campus map.
Co-Sponsor: Political Student Assembly at USC
For more info: email info@afghanwomensmission.org, call 626-676-7884.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SANTA BARBARA

When: Friday April 8 from 12 noon – 2 pm
Where: University of California Santa Barbara, Multicultural Center Lounge. Click here for a map and directions.
Co-Sponsors: Multicultural Center, Mellichamp Fund – Department of Religious Studies at UCSB
For more info: call 805 893 8411.

GOLDEN WEST UNIVERSITY IN HUNTINGTON BEACH

When: Friday April 8, Doors open 6 pm, event begins 7 pm
Where: Golden West College, Forum I, 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach (Exit at Golden West or Edinger from the 405 Freeway). Click here for a map of the campus. 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
For more info: email info@afghanwomensmission.org, call 626-676-7884.

Afghan Women’s Mission is the lead sponsor of all events. KPFK is the Media Sponsor.

Download a poster of all the events here.

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5th Annual Fair Trade and Conscious Gifts Holiday Bazaar

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

Buying gifts for your loved ones doesn’t have to violate your ethics or drain your bank account!

Browse through a large selection of affordable, sweatshop-free, unique arts and crafts made by artisans internationally and locally, including embroidered pillow-covers, wallets and purses from Afghanistan, fair trade olive oil and spices, vintage posters, locally made foods, jewelry, mirrors, soaps, candles, oils, conscious books, CDs, and much more!

Confirmed vendors include Afghan Women’s Mission, KPFK, Ten Thousand Villages, Garment Workers Center, Southern California Library, Zatoun Palestinian Olive Oil, Los Switcheros Del Norte, oceguera, Azadeh, Xothi Designs, Woodhaven, Sunshine, Radka Falk, Skool Boiz, Backyard in a Jar, 9 to 5, and Bus Riders Union.

Download the flyer here.

Entrance is Free. There will be complementary hot coffee and tea donated by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, plus delectable cookies and pastries.

This event is sponsored by KPFK Pacifica Radio.

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