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On Saturday, October 5, a forum will focus on the impacts of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan examining the human, financial and political tolls the 12-year long war has taken. The forum is expected to include a discussion via skype with Afghan peace activists who are in Kabul.
Saturday, October 5
A forum marking twelve years since the Invasion and Occupation
First Unitarian Church, Fuller Hall (basement), 1011 S.W. 12th, Portland
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program: 7:00 p.m. - (approximately) 9:00 p.m.
FREE and open to the public

In the twelve years since 9/11 and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the United States has engaged in perpetual war. Despite the proposed drawdown of troops, it is likely the United States will occupy and influence as they have to some extent in Iraq. Drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia (and threats against Iran and Syria) continue while the United States economy suffers and veterans returning home with physical and psychological wounds continue to be ignored. Women and children, who are always at risk of violence, often suffer disproportionately in wartime.

Speakers scheduled to take part in the event are:

* Economic impact of endless war: Marty Hart-Landsberg, Professor of Economics at Lewis and Clark
* Veterans' issues and Veterans' suicides: Penny Dex, a veteran of the U.S. Army, who co-founded Veterans Transition Corps
* Impact on women and children: Carl Reilly Urner of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
* Drone wars: Trudy Cooper of CodePink (who traveled to Pakistan in October, 2012)
* United States' "withdrawal" from Afghanistan/similarities to the ongoing occupation in Iraq (including "contractors": Afghan Peace Volunteers (via skype)

The event will be hosted by Jenka Soderberg, Evening News Director at KBOO 90.7 FM.

Event coordinated by Peace and Justice Works - Iraq Affinity Group

Co-sponsors: American Friends Service Committee - Peace Program; Eighteenth Avenue Peace House; Occupy Portland Elder Caucus; Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility; Peace Action Group of the First Unitarian Church; Portland Peaceful Response Coalition; Recruiter Watch PDX; Veterans for Peace, Chapter 72; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Portland; and others.

Endorsers: Freedom Socialist Party and Portland Jobs with Justice

Leaving Afghanistan must happen 04.Oct.2013 15:53


Stadium executions by our friends the Taliban will become regular events(Their choice). Stonings and amputations are fact in these places - part of their chosen culture.
Public executions -  1999
Public executions - 1999

over-rated 05.Oct.2013 00:38


compared to our mass 'killings we leveraged' its not even a conversation