Wednesday, 7 October 2009

AFGHANISTAN: END IT NOW AND BRING THE TROOPS HOME

defence department pregnant war widow
HOUSING REPRIEVE: 
Pregnant war widow Breanna Till with her husband, Sgt Till, who was killed in the line of duty. 
Picture: Supplied.  From here.


NOTES FOR NETWORKERS
THINGS ARE HOTTING UP IN OPPOSITION TO AUSTRALIA'S PARTICIPATION IN THE RESOURCE ADVENTURE THAT IS THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.

 AUSTRALIANS SUPPORT THEIR TROOPS 
BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT
OUR MILITARY SHOULD NOT BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS WAR.

 WE DON'T WANT OUR TROOPS LOSING THEIR LIVES
IN THIS ADVENTURE
AND
LEAVING WIDOWS AND ORPHANS BEHIND
ON INADEQUATE INCOME SUPPORT.

TO RE-ESTABLISH A FUNCTIONING CIVIL SOCIETY WHICH PROVIDES
EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING, HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND CIVIL RIGHTS
TO ALL AFGHANI CITIZENS.

THIS POST WILL PROBABLY TAKE ON A DIFFERENT LOOK
AS THE CAMPAIGN TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME
TAKES SHAPE, GAINS A VOICE, AND TAKES TO THE STREETS
AND PUTS ITSELF IN THE PUBLIC'S EYE.
 IN SHORT, THIS  WILL BE A "STICKY" POST
SHIFTING TO THE TOP OF THE BLOG
AS THINGS WARM UP AND EVENTS DRAW CLOSER.
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Tuesday, October 6



Public meeting: 
Afghanistan & Democracy —
 the case for troop withdrawal. 
Public meeting followed by discussion on how to build an antiwar movement.
6.30pm (cheap meal from 6pm).
Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City.
For more info ph 9639 8622.
Sponsored by Socialist Alliance.

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Wednesday, October 7


Thursday, October 8








8 years too long…End the war in Afghanistan!

Two days of action against the Afghan war

Wednesday 7th October marks 8 years
since the invasion of Afghanistan,
an unmitigated and expensive humanitarian disaster
 which has only worsened the situation
for ordinary Afghans.

Join us for a vigil to mark the occasion,
and to call for this war to end now.
Come for as long as you can make it,
everyone welcome.

8am-6pm Wednesday 7th AND Thursday 8th October

Outside Flinders St Station,
corner Flinders and Swanston Sts,
Melbourne.
Contact: Simon Moyle 0402 857 915
or
smoyle@gmail. com


Saturday, October 10




For more information
please go to
Troops out of Aghanistan
 End it Now!  Bring the Troops Home! 
Life is getting worse for ordinary Afghans, life expectancy is now only 43 years, adult literacy is just 24% and the UN estimates that 4654 civilians have died since January 2007. 65% of Australians oppose sending more troops, and 51% oppose the war. 


Meanwhile ........
the governments of the world are planning to send more troops to prop up this failed war. 


City Square, corner Swanston & Collins Streets.  
Rally followed by a march to the Victoria Army Barracks 
where photos of the real victims of the war on Afghanistan will be displayed. 
Endorsed by 3CR, Campaign for International Cooperation & Disarmament, Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth, Freedom Socialist Party, Global Sisterhood Network, Hills Peace Committee, Japanese for Peace, Maritime Union of Australia (Vic Branch), Radical Women, Resistance, Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative, Solidarity. 
For information, 
phone Trent 0407 070 841.


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Sunday, October 18





Where to for


Afghanistan?


Prospects for a Just Peace

A Public Forum

v  Understanding the history.
v  The reasons for the conflict
v  Why are Australian Troops there?
v  Should Australian troops be withdrawn?
v  Who are the Taliban and what are their aims?
v  Life for people and communities, especially for women.
v  How can Australia and the International Community contribute to a lasting peace?


Keynote SPEAKERS
 
          Prof Amin Saikal AM
Professor of Political Science and 
Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies - ANU,  
specialist in the politics, history, political economy
 and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia

          Ms Fazila Tasmim Hajeb
            Graduate of Kabul University
presenter and broadcaster with SBS radio, 
language teacher and Deputy Chair: Tents4Peace

          Prof Joseph Camilleri   
            Director, Centre for Dialogue, LaTrobe University.


Sunday 18 October 2009, 2.00 - 5.30 p.m

Centre for Theology and Ministry,
College Crescent, Parkville.
Between St Hilda’s & Ormonde Colleges


Pax Christi Victoria 
(International Christian Peace Movement)
Supported by
The Victorian Council of Churches.
The Islamic Council of Victoria
JIM unit of the Uniting Church 
Synod of Victoria & Tasmania
ADMISSION FREE  
Further Information 03 9893 4946





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