Afghan Women to Tour US: End the Occupation; Liberation Only Comes from Within

RAWA Zoya Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By RAWA

President Obama’s anticipated deployment of additional troops to Afghanistan is being justified in part by the Taliban threat to Afghan women. To mark the eigth anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom, a member of a prominent Afghan women’s rights group will tour the United States this month, with a different message to Obama and Congress: “Liberation can only come from within – end the US occupation.”

Twenty-eight year-old Zoya is a member of the intrepid grassroots organization, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), which for more than 30 years has been on the forefront of women’s rights and national emancipation in Afghanistan. Zoya will address Americans throughout the month of October 2009, traveling to major events in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

 

NOTE: For security purposes, there will be absolutely NO still or video photography allowed. Please leave ALL cameras at home. People with cameras will be turned away.

 

Find out if Zoya is traveling to a city near you:

WASHINGTON D.C./MARYLAND

WHEN: Friday, October 9th, 6:30 pm
WHAT: Peace Action Montgomery Co. House Party. Zoya from RAWA will speak in a private home. Pot Luck Dinner followed by informal discussion.
WHERE: Brookville, Maryland – please rsvp to receive address and directions
RSVP at info@PeaceActionMC.org to get directions; or call 301-570-0923.
FOR MORE INFO: Call 301-570-0923 or visit http://www.PeaceActionMC.org
This event sponsored by Peace Action Montgomery Co, Maryland

WHEN: Saturday, October 10th, Noon-2:30pm
WHAT: Women in Afghanistan: Oppression & U.S. Occupation. ZOYA, our guest speaker from RAWA, knows the fundamentalist violence against women personally and will speak about the oppression of women and the affects of the long-term U.S occupation
WHERE: Howard County Central Library 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Columbia MD
FOR MORE INFO: contact Bette bette@justpeacecircles.org 410-531-5610.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct 10th at 7:30pm
WHAT: RAWA Speaking Tour: Women in Afghanistan. Zoya from RAWA will speak about the situation for Women and the effects of US intervention in Afghanistan.
Street Address: UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle (see civsol.org for room), Baltimore, MD
FOR MORE INFO: email info@civsol.org or visit http://www.civsol.org.

WHEN: Sunday, October 11th, Noon-2pm
WHAT: Public Talk and Discussion with Zoya. The Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Frederick Friends Meeting -and- Women in Black of Frederick are co-sponsoring this event. Free and open to the public. No photos. Afghan jewelry and embroidered goods for sale to benefit RAWA projects
WHERE: 721 N Market Street, Frederick MD
FOR MORE INFO: Email info@wibfrederick.org or call 301-834-7581

WHEN: Monday, October 12th, 7-9 pm
WHAT: Afghan Women’s Struggle and Resistance during War and Occupation. “Zoya,” visiting from Afghanistan to represent RAWA will speak about RAWA’s work, women’s rights and welfare, the impact of the U.S. military intervention in her country, and how you can help. Handmade jewelry and embroidered items from Afghanistan will be sold to benefit RAWA’s humanitarian projects such as orphanages and schools.
WHERE: MICA Campus, Brown Center, 1301 W Mt Royal Ave, Rm 320, Baltimore MD
FOR MORE INFO: Email sghaussy@mica.edu or call 410 426 6216

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

WHEN: Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 pm
WHAT: War and reconstruction from the perspective of Afghanistan’s Revolutionary Women. Zoya, a member and spokesperson for the Revoluationary Assocation of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) will speak about the current political situation and the state of women’s rights in Afghanistan from the perspective of this political organization. This talk is free and open to the public.
WHERE: 13 Carpenter Hall, Dartmouth College (street parking available), Hanover, NH
FOR MORE INFO: contact Jennifer.Fluri@Dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-0886

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MASSACHUSETTS

WHEN: Thursday, October 15th at 12 noon
WHAT: Afghanistan: Resisting Occupation and Fundamentalism. Join Zoya, a member of RAWA, for an in-depth discussion of the US war in Afghanistan, its effects, and what you can do. For more than thirty years, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has worked for a nation free of war and fundamentalism that respects women’s rights and human rights. As President Obama backs a corrupt government and escalates the US/NATO war in Afghanistan, with record numbers of Afghan civilians and US soldiers dying, it’s more important than ever for Americans to hear from those most affected.
WHERE: Brandeis, Heller School Room G-3, 415 South St, Waltham MA
FOR MORE INFO: Call 617-491-4UJP or visit justicewithpeace.org

WHEN: Saturday, October 17 at 1 pm
WHAT: March and Rally – 8 Years of War. How Many More? Zoya, a member of RAWA, will address a major antiwar rally calling for an immediate withdrawal of US troops.
WHERE: Copley Square, Boston MA
FOR MORE INFO: Visit http://www.oct17boston.org

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 7-9 pm
WHAT: The Afghan Women’s Mission and Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock Present: “Resisting the US Occupation of Afghanistan.” Featuring Zoya, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), acclaimed activist, writer and analyst Tom Hayden, and Afghan war veteran Rick Reyes.
WHERE: Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles CA
FOR MORE INFO: Call 626-676-7884 or visit http://www.afghanwomensmission.org

WHEN: Thursday, October 22nd, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
WHAT: Code Pink presents: “Resisting the US Occupation of Afghanistan,” featuring Zoya, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), Afghan war veteran Rick Reyes, and CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans.
WHERE: Venice United Methodist Church, Peace Hall,1020 Victoria Avenue, Venice, CA
FOR MORE INFO: Contact whitneycodepink@gmail.com, or call (310) 827-4320, or visit tiny.cc/B0uVf

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

WHEN: Sunday, October 25, 5-7 pm
WHAT: Afghan Women Speak Out. An evening with Zoya of RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of Women in Afghanistan (RAWA). For more than thirty years RAWA has organized inside Afghanistan and in the refugee camps of Pakistan for a nation free of war and fundamentalism, that respects women’s rights and human rights. As President Obama prepares to widen the war and commit more troops, it is important to hear from those most affected. Organized by San Francisco Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
WHERE: SF Friends Meeting House, 65 9th Street. San Francisco CA
FOR MORE INFO: Call 415-864-5166 or visit http://www.wilpf.org.

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PAST EVENT:

WHEN: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7:00 pm
WHAT: Ending Obama’s War: Solidarity with the People of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Featuring Zoya, with Jeremy Scahill & Bill Fletcher
WHERE: Proshansky Auditorium, The Graduate Center, CUNY365 Fifth Ave at 34th Str, New York, NY
FOR MORE INFO: please email: press@southasiainitiative.org
Organized by South Asian Solidarity Initiative (SASI.) Co-sponsorship provided by the Ralph Bunche Institute and The Center for Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center

Please check AfghanWomensMission.org in the coming days for more events being added.

NOTE: For security purposes, there will be absolutely NO still or video photography allowed. Please leave ALL cameras at home. People with cameras will be turned away.

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