October 7, 2011 is the tenth anniversary of the U.S. attack on Afghanistan that began the Global War on Terror, the longest war in U.S. history. War Voices is a unique forum to reflect on this decade of war by bringing together people directly impacted by U.S. militarism and the U.S. war economy.
Through a unique of series of speakers, cultural performances, and art, War Voices will explore the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan. The evening will feature speakers from many perspectives, including Afghan civilians, veterans and military families of the Global War on Terror, as well as a cross-section of social justice advocates, activists, and organizers. We will explore questions such as:
- What’s really going on in Afghanistan today?
- How has the war affected us at home?
- Is Afghanistan better off today?
- What can we do about it?
Doors open at 6 pm and the program runs from 6:30-9:30pm. Confirmed speakers include:
- Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
- Fatima Mojaddidy, Afghans for Peace
- Suraia Suhar, Afghans for Peace
- Brock McIntosh, Afghanistan Veterans Against the War
- Chris Hellman, National Priorities Project
- Willie Baptist, Poverty Initiative
Featuring spoken word performances from Safia Elhillo, the DC Youth Slam Team of Split This Rock, and new art and digital media featuring Afghan artists and organizations.
Safia Elhillo is a Sagittarius, has a Napoleon complex, is a junior at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, was ranked 7th in the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam, is awkward, doesn’t like asking for directions, and drinks a lot of tea. She was a coach of the 2011 DC Youth Slam Team and is the love child of Frida Kahlo and DMX.
This is a family-friendly event and free childcare will be provided. If you plan to attend with children, please take 10 seconds to RSVP for childcare here. RSVP on Facebook here. For more information visit www.warvoices.org. Questions? Contact [email protected].
Cosponsored by Institute for Policy Studies, Split This Rock, Afghans for Peace, Civilian-Soldier Alliance, Code Pink, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Peace Action, South Asia Solidarity Initiative, US Labor Against the War, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Washington Peace Center, and more!