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...

Letter to U.S. officials regarding rape and murder by Colombian military

Description: Last Thursday, October 14, three siblings, Jenny, age 14, Jimmy, age 9, and Jeferson, age 6, were found tortured, strangled and beheaded in a ditch near their home in Caño Temblador, near Tame, Arauca. A delegation made up of their teachers, social leaders of Tame, a member of Arauca’s state legislature and representatives of the Permanent Committee for Human Rights visited the ditch and took testimony from witnesses in the area that links the Colombian military with what happened.

"Report Card" on the U.S. War in Afghanistan delivered to members of Congress

When American Friends Service Committee produced a "Report Card" on the war in Afghanistan, grading the conflict on such "subjects" as History (determining in what ways we have or have not learned from the history of Afghanistan) and Math (examining the use of precious resources and the outcomes that have resulted),  one local Missouri peace group delivered the Report Card to the St. Louis office of Senator Claire McCaskill.

National Council of Churches calls for end to war in Afghanistan

The National Council of Churches, parent organization of WNPJ member group Wisconsin Council of Churches, has adopted a resolution calling for an end to the war in Afghanistan by a unanimous vote of its governing board.

The resolution, "A Call to End the War in Afghanistan," calls upon President Obama to negotiate a withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan "to be completed as soon as possible without further endangerment to the lives and welfare of U.S. and NATO troops, Afghan troops and Afghan civilians."    

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