Category Archives: Take Action

Call For Action: Protest U.S. Military in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria

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

After 14 Years in Afghanistan, Demand an End to the War

10/07/2015

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

Zero Troops in Afghanistan

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The American people overwhelmingly agree:

ZERO Troops in Afghanistan!   Bring the War Dollars Home!    

            All of our troops can finally come home from Afghanistan in 2014, as promised, UNLESS the U.S. & Afghanistan governments sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA). The U.S. government is practically begging the Afghanistan government to let the U.S. military remain in Afghanistan until at least 2024! The American people in overwhelming numbers say NO! Bring the troops home! Bring the war dollars home!

The two leading presidential candidates in the April 5 election have agreed to sign the BSA agreement, but WE THE PEOPLE know the decision allowing American troops to remain in Afghanistan should not belong to either the new Afghanistan President nor President Obama – it belongs to the American and Afghan people.

We must tell President Obama:

      THE CORRECT NUMBER OF TROOPS LEFT IN AFGHANISTAN IS ZERO!”

SPEAK OUT. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY

  • Signing the on-line petition calling for ZERO Troops in Afghanistan!
  • Asking your organization to co-sponsor this petition.
  • Sharing the ZERO Troops in Afghanistan! petition on Facebook, twitter & other social media and “ comment, like and share”
  • E-mailing this flyer to your contacts & circulate in your community. Ask others to help
  •  Download Flyer
  • Calling or e-mailing President Obama: 202-456-1111.e-mail: www.whitehouse.gov/contact  or tweet @BarackObama
    Tell him: ZERO Troops in Afghanistan! All troops home in 2014. Don’t sign a Bilateral Security Agreement with Afghanistan. Bring the war dollars home!
  • Writing letters to newspapers or blogs and send postcards.
  • Planning local vigils or other actions. Send pictures of actions to MFSO@MFSO.org. 

Announcing Zero Troops Week of Action

Week of Action Calendar

Week of Action Photos and Reports

 Help us deliver 50,000 petitions to the White House!

For more info and action ideas, go to: Peace Action (www.Peace-Action.org ) and Military Families Speak Out (www.MFSO.org) 562-833-8035

Sponsors: Peace Action (www.Peace-Action.org )*Military Families Speak Out (www.MFSO.org), Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, US Labor Against the War, United for Peace and Justice * PeaceHome Campaigns * Progressive Democrats of America – End War & Occupation * Jobs Not War * Teaneck Peace Vigil/NJ* Indiana Peace and Justice * LA Resist * War is a Crime/David Swanson * Intercommunity J&P Ctr Cincinnati, Topanga Peace Alliance, LBA Peace Network,  OC Peace Coalition, CODEPINK, Women of Color in the Global Strike, Margaret Prescod, Global Women’s Strike, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network, Queer Strike, US PROstitutes Collective, Pay Day Men’s Network.

Say Your Peace Video Contest

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.