Fourteen years ago today, the United States attacked Afghanistan; this was the beginning of the longest war in U.S. history. After years of war and nothing to show for it, the public was told last June, that the war in Afghanistan was finally winding down, ground troops would be phased out and our troops would be limited to advisory roles only. Instead, we mark this day with sadness and alarm after the recent US bombing of the only functional medical facility in the Afghan city of Kunduz. We were horrified to learn that this Doctors Without Borders hospital was bombed repeatedly, even though staffers had informed the US and Afghan military officials of its GPS coordinates several times. Over 22 patients and hospital staff died, including children that were helplessly engulfed in flames after bombs set the hospital on fire. The Taliban now describes our troops as “barbaric American forces”, and in the eyes of the international community, we have sunk to a new low.
Last week, the LA Times reported that officials from the Obama administration had privately acknowledged that “airstrikes and violent raids in civilian areas help fuel support for insurgents” 1, so, the Obama administration could not have made a worse decision than to send “advisers” out on combat missions again. Instead of removing all of our troops from Afghanistan, as we and so many Americans urged, this decision resulted in a major humanitarian catastrophe, a crime against humanity.
Join MFSO by calling President Obama today and demanding that he end all combat operations, including airstrikes, and bring all of our troops home now. Tell President Obama that every day our loved ones are put in the position of fighting these wars, the result can only be more deaths, injuries, and the inevitable moral injury our troops have endured for fourteen years. This is enough!
MFSO calls on the American people to rise up and demand an end to the war in Afghanistan now! March, vigil, rally, and be sure to voice your demands today- the 14th year of the war in Afghanistan.
Call President Obama today: 202-456-1111
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows invites you to participate in our SAY YOUR PEACE video contest.
First place winners from each of three age groups will receive $1,000 cash awards.
Deadline for entry is August 15, 2011.
No video experience is required to participate.
Click here for more information.
MFSO is partnering with 10 Years and Counting, a coalition of artists and activists who have come together to mark the 10th anniversary of the war. We can use this unfortunate, yet historic moment as inspiration and maximize the power of creativity to illustrate the costs of war, or how 10 years of warfare have affected you personally. Throughout the month we will be showcasing art from military families, veterans, and service members on our website, as well as on the 10 Years and Counting website. Send us your poetry, music, photographs, videos, blogs, and visual art. Email your submission(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org
War Is Trauma: a collaboration between IVAW and Just Seeds Collective
Art is a way to break through communication barriers, to express things we couldn’t otherwise. It can be a way to heal, or a way to protest. “Art” can be anything, any way you want to express what 10 years of war has meant to you, how it has affected your family, or how it has changed the world we live in – poetry, music, photography, writing, visual art, or videos.
General submissions will be featured on our website (credited to the artist, of course), and can be emailed to email@example.com. You can also submit art or writing for a few specific projects, listed below.
We also encourage you to organize an education or arts-based event during the month leading up to the anniversary, September 7 through October 7th. Click here to learn more.
Do You Love a Veteran? Call for Submissions
Do You Love a Veteran is a zine made up of contributions from families, friends, and partners of veterans.
For more info on the zine, how to submit, and some inspiration, click here.
He Sapa: Heart of the People – Call for Submissions
Over Memorial Day Weekend 2011, a group of military families and veterans gathered in the Black Hills of South Dakota for a healing retreat. The presenters included spiritual elders, veterans, medical doctors, social workers, and healers from different Native traditions. The participants created art and writing which will provide the basis for this zine. We invite veterans, military families, and Gold Star families to submit art and writing about their own experiences with healing. Questions and submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org