Peace and Justice Works
20 Years Later, the Afghan War
On Friday, October 8, Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity group will
mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the US war on Afghanistan
with a specially themed Friday Rally for Peace and Justice at 5 PM. Titled
"20 Years Later, the Afghan War is Not Really Over," the event will call
attention to the ongoing US presence near and announced intentions to
continue warfare in Afghanistan with an "over the horizon" military force.
As usual the rally will last until about 5:20 PM followed by a short march
around downtown Portland. PJW asks participants to wear masks and stay
distanced for COVID safety.
is Not Really Over
Friday, October 8, 2021 5:00 - 6 PM
at the Weekly Friday Rally for Peace and Justice
Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway
please mask up and stay distanced for safety
Nothing illustrates the US' indifference to using violence to enforce its
policies better than the drone strike that took place as they were
clearing out of Afghanistan at the end of August. The military has
admitted that strike killed 10 civilians, mostly children, and that none
of them were combatants. As the Intercept put it on August 30,
"While the withdrawal of American troops can be described as the end to
the war in Afghanistan, the Kabul strike shows how the war may simply
enter a new chapter, with the US striking targets with aircraft
launched from faraway drone bases."
Similar to the Korean War, which began in 1950 but continues because it
ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, and the US war on Iraq, which
has existed in various forms since 1991, the Afghan war promises to
continue for years to come. In fact, because the Taliban and Al Qaeda
have roots in the US efforts to oust Russia from Afghanistan, some say the war
there has been going on since 1979.
The Friday Rally for Peace and Justice began less than a month after the
invasion of Afghanistan, when Portland Peaceful Response Coalition
began to gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square every week. It has continued
from Nov. 2001 to the present, with PJW's Iraq Affinity Group hosting
since the COVID lockdown began in March, 2020. This rally will mark 1041
consecutive weeks of protesting America's unnecessary, illegal, and murderous foreign wars, police
brutality, environmental destruction and other connected issues.
The October 8 event is coordinated by Peace and Justice Works Iraq
Affinity Group. For more information, or if your group would like to
cosponsor or endorse this event, contact Peace and Justice Works at
503-236-3065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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