End Wars Issue Committee

The EndWars Issue Committee works to end the war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and oppose any invasion or bombing of Iran.

Contact: Marge Van Cleef: margevc(at)cavtel.net,(267) 763-1644
Yoshiko Ikuta: Ylkuta(at)aol.com, (216) 521-7057

Plan Now for October 2009: A Month of Anti-War Protest

Plan Now for October: A Month of Protest

October has several dates with significance for the peace movement. In October 2009, we'll mark the eighth year of the U.S. war in Afghanistan and seven years since Congress passed the resolution authorizing war against Iraq. In addition, October commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Moratorium, which brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to protest the war.

Designate October 17 as a day for mass rallies, marches, coordinated local and regional demonstrations and other forms of protest.

Letter to Congress: Afghan Women Desperately Need Our Help

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May 20, 2009

Dear Senator/Representative:

Afghan women desperately need our help. As you consider the FY09 supplemental funding bill, aid for critically needed educational, occupational and health programs for Afghan women and girls must be included.

We urge you to include funding in the supplemental funding bill that will go directly to Afghan women-led non-profit organizations providing programs for Afghan women and girls, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Women's Affairs. 

May 2009: Statement on US Involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan

 

Statement on US Involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Click here to read the letter to Congress urging aid be given to Afghan women

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section, opposes military action to resolve the armed conflict in Afghanistan. Specifically, we cannot support the sending of 30,000 additional U.S. troops into the country and the use of drone aircraft there and in Pakistan. We call for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO military forces.

It should be self evident that the use of violent force by another country cannot lead to the elimination of violence and armed conflict within Afghanistan. The very people the U.S. claims must be protected from Taliban insurgents are actually endangered by the presence of U.S and NATO troops. According to figures provided by the United Nations, at least 2100 Afghan civilians died in conflict related deaths in 2008. Of these, at least 1000 were killed by Taliban or other insurgents, who often target communities where U.S. military forces have had a presence. At least 800 civilians were killed in 2008 by Afghan government forces or by occupying U.S. and NATO forces, and of these at least 445 were killed by air strikes. Afghan women’s organizations, such as the Revolutionary Association of Afghan Women, and women’s organizations involved in in-country initiatives, such as Madre and the Global Fund for Women, have consistently stated that the occupying U.S. military presence increases the level of violence in Afghan communities resulting in more civilian deaths and abductions and more dangerous conditions for women seeking to participate in public life, peace building, and civilian governance.

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