Wed. Oct. 7, 2009 7:00 p.m.
Vets Hall, 846 Front St., S.C.
Speakers: Stephen Zunes, worldwide authority on the Middle East
and Shamsia Razaqi, just returned from Kabul
Music by the Raging Grannies and Reggae for Peace by Tomas Gomez and Friends
Sliding scale $10 to $25, no one turned away for lack of funds
Oct. 7th marks the 8th anniversary of the day that the U.S. and British launched a military offensive in Afghanistan. President Obama has expanded the U.S. military presence in Aghanistan by 21,000. His military advisors want to send even more troops and there is no exit strategy in sight. What is really needed in Afghanistan? Has the U.S. presence there helped to halt the resurgence of the Taliban or to fuel it? Stephen Zunes will put the conflict in Afghanistan in historical perspective and speak to the issues involved. Shamsia, who works with orphans in Kabul, will talk of the conditions and needs of the civilians. There will be a question and answer period after Stephen’s talk.
Local artist Elijah Pfotenhauer will paint a picture of the event as it occurs, to be sold by auction right after the speeches.
Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Resource Center for Nonviolence.