Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) is issuing a call for action to protest the continued US military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, for the use of diplomacy, and for the government to take care of our service members and veterans. If you have an upcoming action or an on-going vigil in your community, please, please send information about it to MFSO-OC@earthlink.net so that it can be posted on the MFSO website, the MFSO Facebook page, and the MFSO newsletter.
We understand that you might be the only MFSO member in your community. That’s okay. Many MFSO members are doing very important work in coalition with other organizations in their communities. Our participation and our stories, our perspective is so important.
If you have participated in any action want to know about those events. Often, we can help you support these events. These could be on-going vigils, demonstrations, rallies, forums, film showings, lobbying efforts, letters to editors, your participation in campaign etc. Your participation may even lead to finding new members for MFSO. Thanks so much for your work.
When you send information, please list:
- Name of the event
- Goals, demands, issues for the event
- Date, time, location, including City or town
- Co-sponsoring groups
- Contact information, if available
- Photos, if available
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.