Send a message of peace to the people of Afghanistan this New Years Day

The "Dear Afghanistan" campaign aims to gather messages of peace to the people of Afghanistan from people all over the world, this New Years Day. In the words of Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, which has helped organize the campaign, "You can let Afghan people know that their lives matter as much as yours.  Assure them that the U.S. government’s war is unacceptable to you and that you are working to end it." To participate, send an email to to

"Dear Afghanistan:” A New Year's Call for Peace

From Kathy Kelly in Kabul:
On New Year’s Day, 01/01/11, people around the world are invited to raise their voices, through FacebookTwitter, Free Conference calls, Skype, and blogs at several websites in a massive refusal to accept the Afghanistan war any longer. Let your New Year’s resolution be to stand for the people and end wars by sending a digital or spoken peacemaking message to people in Afghanistan.  By amassing millions of messages calling for peace, we can create yet another indication that ordinary people within and beyond Afghanistan have had enough of war.

START: A victory for everyone, not just Obama

The news media are calling it a victory for President Obama -- the Senate's 71-26 vote to ratify the START treaty with Russia to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world.

Call me naive, but why should that be a victory for Obama? 

Why on earth should preventing a nuclear war be a partisan issue? 

Why isn't this fairly small step in the direction of peace a victory for the human race?

Just asking.

Afghan Youth: "We want you out"

An open letter from Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers (left) and Afghans for Peace was sent to us by Kathy Kelley of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Here's a selection: "14-year-old Abdulai’s father was killed by the ‘Taliban’ and so, like every other human being, he copes with sorrow, hate, fear and anger. But, he wakes up to the chronic war days in his land sensing that ‘something is very wrong with the world I’m caught up in’, ‘these elders of the world are not getting it…..’. How does trillion-deficit killing, followed by the strategy of escalated killing and yet another review for more killing, work?" Read the letter and view a video from Afghans for Peace here...

CNN: More than 100 arrested at White House antiwar protest

While President Obama was delivering a speech inside the White House about his administration’s review of the situation in Afghanistan, more than a hundred antiwar  protesters, many of whom had chained themselves to the White House fence, were being arrested outside. The protest was organized by Veterans for Peace, and among those arrested was Penatagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who offered a strong response to attacks on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. "This lynch mob mentality is America at its lowest," Ellsburg said. Read more about the arrests at the White House...

Government drops charges against Pentagon protesters

Federal prosecutors have decided to dismiss all charges against WNPJ member Joy First, of Monona, WI, and Max Obuszewski of Baltimore, MD, who were arrested at the Pentagon on August 9, 2010 while attempting to deliver a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The letter called for an end to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an end to US military policies that are destroying our planet. First and Obuszewski are members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, which is planning another action of nonviolent civil resistance at the Pentagon on April 8, 2011.

WNPJ Blog: Hunger and Anger in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, reports from Afghanistan, where she interviewed Afghan refugees living on the outskirts of Kabul and talked to students from  Bamiyan University. One Afghan father asks, "“Do you think we like to live this way? Do you see how we live? The cold and the rain are coming. How will we protect our children?”  Read Kathy Kelly's full report and comment here... On December 19th, Voices for Creative Nonviolence will be working with Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers to provide an opportunity to hear directly from the Afghan people. To participate in this global skype call, write to

WNPJ Blog: Why wasn't the war an issue in the election?

"I have no hope, energy or optimism that we will ever be heard. I no longer stand vigil against war. Neither war was even an issue in the election."

The above quote is from a message sent to us by one stalwart peace activist explaining why her local peace group is disbanding. At a recent Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice Board meeting where this quote was read, many of those present expressed a similar sense of frustration about the lack of attention paid by the public, the media and by the candidates to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read the rest and comment at the WNPJ blog, here...

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