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Sonali Kolhatkar serves on the Advisory Board of Cafe Intifada
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The Orange County Peace Coalition Presents
"What You Need to Know About Afghanistan"
A Talk by KPFK' Sonali Kolhatkar
www.uprisingradio.org <http://www.uprisingradio.org/> 

Saturday, March 28th - 10:00 AM to Noon
St. Joseph Center - Library Conference Room
480 S. Batavia St., Orange 92868

Sonali Kolhatkar is co-director of the Afghan Women's Mission, a U.S.-based
nonprofit that funds health, educational and training projects for Afghan
women. She is also the host and producer of "Uprising", a daily morning
radio program for KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles. Her program provides the
public with in-depth reports and updates on issues in the Middle East.

Ms. Kolhatkar is a leading authority on current Afghan issues and has
recently coauthored a book on the subject which provides much insight about
the many misconceptions about the war in Afghanistan. Her discussion will
touch on security and the oppression of women in Afghanistan.

Coffee and other refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to:  <mailto:info%40ocpeace.org> info@ocpeace.org or leave a
message at (714) 637-8313

The views expressed at this speaking engagement are not necessarily those of
the  Orange County Peace Coalition or of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

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Sonali Kolhatkar serves on the Advisory Board of Cafe Intifada


May 29th, 2008, Thursday 7:30 pm  Golden Eagle Building, 3rd Floor Ballroom At Cal State LA!

Moderated by SONALI KOLHATKAR of KPFK 90.7 FM and “Afghan Women’s Mission” 


Speakers Include:

RAED JARRAR, an Iraqi political analyst and consultant to American Friends Service Committee’s/Iraq Program currently based in Washington, D.C.  After the U.S.-led invasion, Jarrar became the country director for CIVIC Worldwide, the only door-to-door casualty survey group in post-war Iraq.  He then established Emaar, (meaning “reconstruction” in Arabic); a grassroots organization that provided humanitarian and political aid to Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs).  Emaar delivered medicine and food as well as helped initiate micro-enterprise projects for IDPs.  Additionally, Emaar engaged in political advocacy on behalf of displaced populations.

COL. ANN WRIGHT, who resigned from the U.S. Foreign Service on March 19, 2003, while serving as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Mongolia. She resigned due to her disagreement with the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the lack of effort in resolving the Israel-Palestinian situation, the lack of policy on North Korea and unnecessary curtailment of civil liberties in the United States. Ms. Wright joined the Foreign Service in 1987 and served as Deputy Chief of Mission of US Embassies in Sierra Leone, Micronesia and briefly in Afghanistan. Before entering the Foreign Service, she served in the Army and has a combined regular Army/Army Reserve service time of 29 years. She served primarily in special operations units and attained the rank of Colonel. Ann Wright will also have her book for sale at the event, titled “Dissent: Voices of Conscience” about how government insiders speak out against the Iraq War.


EDGAR CUEVAS, who was stationed in Germany for three years as a Cavalry Scout for the United States Army. Twelve days before his contract was about to expire he was Stop Lossed and forced to serve in Iraq for a year and a half. He served in Iraq from February of 2004 through March of 2005. He was stationed in Tikrit and witnessed innocent people being mishandled and tortured. He is a member of ‘Iraq Veterans Against the War” in Los Angeles.

Sponsored by the Student Friends Service Committee of CSULA. Co-sponsored by the Humanist Association at CSULA. Info: call (310) 795-2235 The California State University at Los Angeles campus is located at the intersection of the 10 and 710 freeways. A campus map and parking instructions can be found at http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/maps/cslamap.htm 


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10:30 – 11:30 am
A Mother’s Day talk by Afghan Women’s Mission Co-Director, Sonali Kolhatkar about “The Lives of Afghan Women.” Kolhatkar will address how US policy has affected Afghan women, before and during the US occupation of Afghanistan. She will also offer solutions on what Americans can do to end the war.
LOCATION: Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society or the “Onion” is located at 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills, CA 91343. Tel: 818-894-9251, Website: http://www.valleyonion.org, Email (for these events only): jungersmith@yahoo.com.

A teach-in by Afghan Women’s Mission Co-Director, Sonali Kolhatkar about the war in Afghanistan and Afghan women’s resistance, followed by special free screening of “Enemies of Happiness.”
Winner of countless awards and recipient of the 2007 “World Cinema Jury Prize for A Documentary Film” at the Sundance Film Festival, “Enemies of Happiness” tells the story of a woman of courage that brought hope and justice to Afghanistan. At 28 years, Malalai Joya became the first female to be elected a seat in the Afghan National Assembly after a rigorous campaign that resulted in multiple death threats. Yet despite such obstacles, she sought liberation and prosperity for her Afghani brothers and sisters, and has since then been a patron of diplomacy and progressivism. More information about the film can be found at http://www.enemiesofhappiness.com.
LOCATION: UCLA Campus – Kerckhoff Art Gallery in Kerckhoff Building Level 2 – Westwood/Los Angeles CA. Parking available on the UCLA Campus in Lot 6&4 (Off of Wilshire & Westwood)

1:00 – 5:00 pm
The Women’s Empowerment Group will host a screening of the acclaimed documentary by Meena Nanji, View From a Grain of Sand to benefit the projects of the Afghan Women’s Mission. View From a Grain of Sand chronicles the political evolution of Afghanistan including foreign invasions and fundamentalism, through the lives of three Afghan women. More information about the film can be found at http://www.viewgrainofsand.com.
LOCATION: Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society or the “Onion” is located at 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills, CA 91343. Tel: 818-894-9251, Website: http://www.valleyonion.org, Email (for these events only): jungersmith@yahoo.com.

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Afghanistan's fiercest critic of the warlords, Malalai Joya,  returns to the US for a brief visit. She will be addressing  students and antiwar activists.

In May 2007, Joya was kicked out of Parliament for comparing  the warlords to animals in a zoo in a TV interview.  Thousands of Afghans protested across the country. Today, Joya  is still awaiting reinstatement to the Parliament.

Event details:

* Friday March 14th, 6-8 pm at Pasadena City College, R building,  Room R-122 (South side of the Quad near the center of campus).  Download the flyer here:  www.afghanwomensmission.org/Joya_visit/PCC_flyer.pdf

* Saturday March 15th, 12 noon at the major antiwar rally on the  corner of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles. For more information  about the march, visit www.answerla.org

In September 2005, Malalai Joya was elected to Afghanistan’s parliament  representing her native Farah province. At 27, she was one of the  country's youngest MPs. After her election, Joya became a fierce  critic of her fellow parliamentarians, telling journalists, human  rights groups and anyone who would listen that though they now wore  suits and ties, they were still the same US-sponsored, corrupt, greedy,  murdering warlords and religious fundamentalists who had contributed to  the country's ruin. Joya has survived 4 assassination attempts, and won  numerous international human rights awards. She has been profiled in an  award-winning film called Enemies of Happiness. In May 2007, she was  kicked out of Parliament for comparing the warlords to animals in a zoo  in a TV interview. Thousands of Afghans protested across the country.  Today, Joya is still awaiting reinstatement to the Parliament. 

For more information, visit www.malalaijoya.com

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Malalai Joya——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Malalai Joya Needs Your Help Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 02:11:44 -0500 From: Afghan Women’s Mission Reply-To: Afghan Women’s Mission To: emmarosenthal@earthlink.net

Dear friends,

For the past several years, the Afghan Women’s Mission has been expressing ourmoral and financial solidarity with Afghan Parliamentarian Malalai Joya. AWM has organized two US tours for her (2006, 2007) and helped inform the US public about her important work. Joya is the only elected official in
Afghanistan who has been truly representing her people through her vocal
denunciations of the war criminals in Parliament. Now, she has been suspended by the warlord-dominated parliament. Read on to find out how you can help…

*** An Urgent Message from the Defense Committee for Malalai Joya ***

In the past few weeks, after Malalai Joya’s return from a successful
international tour and interview with a local TV station in Kabul, the
warlords and criminals in the Afghan Parliament and Senate, tried hard to
silence Joya and kick her out of the Parliament.

They have used one of her recent comments during an interview as a
justification for their move. In the interview, she expressed that the Afghan
Parliament is worse than an animal stable whose many members are the murderers and enemies of Afghan people.

On May 21, 2007, with a gross majority, the Parliament dominated by warlords and drug-lords suspended Joya for three years and ordered the High Court to file a case against her. They also directed the Interior Ministry to restrict her movements to within the country. This means she is not allowed to travel outside Afghanistan.

In a press conference in Kabul, Joya announced that it is a political
conspiracy against her and she will continue her fight against the warlords
and enemies of Afghan people. She is ready to face an independent court and
will use the opportunity to expose the enemies of Afghan people through it.
Joya added, “but I am very sorry that there is no justice in Afghanistan and
the judiciary is also infected with the virus of warlordism and the
fundamentalists occupy it.”

Some Afghan lawyers that we approached believe that the Parliament’s decision is illegal and only a court can decide to oust an elected representative of people from the parliament.

But we are happy that majority of ordinary Afghan people strongly support Joya and she is receiving many phone calls, letters and emails full of sympathies and solidarity following the parliament decision.

WE URGE all her supporters and well-wishers to come forward and help Joya now.

YOU CAN do so in the following ways:

– Write to Afghan officials and file your protest for expelling and
prosecuting Joya, while the terrorists and human rights violators in the
parliament were provided immunity before any court for their past crimes
last month.

– Express your concern for Joya’s security during the court sessions as the
fundamentalists currently hold key positions in Afghanistan’s judiciary.

– Circulate this letter and ask lawyers and defenders of human rights in your
area and country to come forward and help Joya during her court proceedings
and defend her.

– Donate to Joya’s security fund online at
https://www.malalaijoya.com/donor/donor_info.php to help improve her security with necessary equipment and facilities, while she is now deprived of all official facilities.

Letters of protest can be sent to the following sources:

President Hamid Karzai

Supreme Court of Afghanistan
Feedback Form of the Supreme Court

Afghanistan’s Parliament

Interior Ministry

Justice Ministry of Afghanistan

We thank you for your prompt action and support and hope you will forward a copy of your letters to mj@malalaijoya.com.

For more information, visit www.malalaijoya.com.

Afghan Women’s Mission
2460 North Lake Avenue
PMB 207
Altadena, CA 91001

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Bleeding Afghanistan By Sonali Kolhatkar and Jim Ingalls

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On May 18th and 19th, Afghan Women’s Mission Co-Directors, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls will discuss the escalating war in Afghanistan. Recent demonstrations in Herat and Nangarhar in opposition to the US occupation indicate that Afghanistan may be going in the direction of Iraq. Sonali and James will attempt to answer the following questions:

– What are the effects of the US/NATO occupation in Afghanistan?
– Who has real political power in Afghanistan?
– How are ordinary Afghans coping with the return of war and fundamentalism?
– And what can Americans do to work in solidarity with Afghan people?

Join Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls, authors of the new book,
Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence
for a presentation and slideshow at the following venues:

WHAT: Revolutionary Mic Nite: RAWA/AWM Benefit Event
WHEN: 7-11 pm, Friday May 18, 2007
WHERE: MIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041
FOR MORE INFO, visit http://www.imixbooks.com

WHAT: Bleeding Afghanistan book Discussion and Slide Show
WHEN: 6 pm, Saturday May 19, 2007
WHERE: El Centro Cultural de Mexico, 310 W 5th Street Santa Ana, CA 92701
FOR MORE INFO, visit http://www.el-centro.org

There will be copies of Bleeding Afghanistan for sale at both events. The
authors will be available to sign books. Afghan crafts and other items from
Afghan Women’s Mission will also be available for sale. All craft sales and
book proceeds will benefit the Revolutionary Association of the Women
of Afghanistan (RAWA).

For more information, visit www.bleedingafghanistan.com,
www.afghanwomensmission.org, and www.rawa.org.

Sonali Kolhatkar and Jim Ingalls serve on the Advisory Board of Cafe Intifada

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