Nowruz with a Global Family

Nowruz, celebrated on the spring equinox each year in Afghanistan, Iran and Kurdish regions everywhere is a very special holiday that celebrates the New Year, literally, New Day. Families and friends gather on Nowruz to celebrate and to appreciate the beginning of a new cycle. The Global Days of Listening Skype Call also broadcast on Livestream on March 21 was very much a celebration of Nowruz with friends and peace lovers around the world sharing ideas and actions in solidarity.

Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) facilitated the discussion from Chicago. Over the course of three hours, Dr. Hakim Young with Zarguna in Bamyan and Hoor and the APVs (Afghan Peace Volunteers) joined the conversation from Bamyan and Kabul. Sherri Maurin called in with Dr. Fatih Faiz from Erbil, Iraq with his students Chra and Husan. Madelyn MacKay from rural British Columbia, Canada joined to talk about Nonviolent Peace Force. Bernie Myer from Olympia Washington shared his experiences as the American Gandhi in India, and George Fisher and Susan Peretti, Quakers from long Island discussed the atrocities at Kunduz Hospital and what can we do now.

“We are no longer in a system which allows us to hold the authorities accountable. I don’t feel that Afghans and the people of the Middle East are patient any more. I feel that we cannot wait for the authorities to act. I feel that the active thing to be done that would make us happiest is just to connect with one another and to flood our circles and relationships with what we know and what we can see because what we see in reality is so very different from anything that any politician today would say officially. So what we would say in our relationships and our communities would ring a bell. It would harness great support.

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A Holiday Benefit

A Holiday Benefit for The Afghan Peace Volunteers’ Quilt Project

After 13 years of U.S./NATO intervention in Afghanistan, and US$1.172 trillion dollars spent on the Afghan war from 2001 to October of 2012, the basic needs of ordinary Afghans constantly caught in the crossfire are still poorly met.

In the following winter of 2013, the Afghan Peace Volunteers ( APVs ) organized the making and distribution of duvets to poor families in Kabul, including those in refugee camps.

Thanks to international peace-builders who had raised funds from among ordinary Americans, the APVs were able to distribute more than 2000 duvets that year. The Afghan ladies who sewed the duvets were paid a living wage per duvet. – quote from APV website

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Reports from U.S. War Zones Coming to Rochester

Reports from War Zones by  Kathy Kelly and Buddy Bell, Voices for Creative Nonviolence and  Cathy Breen, New York Catholic Worker Kathy and Buddy have travelled extensively in Afghanistan, speaking to war victims, including drone victims. Cathy has travelled in Syria and Iraq. They will report on the people and situations they have found in those countries.   Flyer Oct […]

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