Fly Kites NOT Drones 21-23 March
To coincide with Now Roz, the Afghan New Year, peace groups everywhere will be flying Kites NOT drones in solidarity with Afghans, who experience the most number of drone strikes of any country anywhere, many of them British strikes.
Organize a public kite flying event in your area and or take part in any of the other VCNV suggested activities, for more details see: http://vcnvuk.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/fly-kites-not-drones/
For the promotional short video of the campaign see: http://youtu.be/k8hlqfDGoAI
Ewa Jasiewicz has now left Kabul
Read her blogs:
New Internationalist Blog; http://newint.org/blog/2014/01/27/welcome-to-afghanistan/
SEE the APV send a message of solidarity to Barton Moss anti fracking campaign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olHzC2T1Xew&feature=youtu.be
Peace Delegation Returns from Afghanistan
Janey Moffatt and Beth Tichborne returned safely from Afghanistan having spent 2 weeks in Kabul as part of the 3rd UK peace delegation to the country.
Delegation projects include:
Afghanistan: A Difficult Birth
A short documentary looking at the pregnant women in Afghanistan who are set to give birth in the “new Afghanistan” of 2014; looking at the conditions of pregnant women where 1/11 die in child birth.
The documentary will be released on the 8th March 2014 and VCNV speakers will be available to talk about the project and tell the stories of women they met and interviewed.
See a 2 minute short about the documentary: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/afghanistan-a-difficult-birth
Follow the project:www.afghanmums.tumblr.com
Stories from the Afghan Peace Volunteers
Support our projects:
Donate to VCNV UK The Co-operative Bank Account: 65583025 Sort: 089299
VCNV Delegates are available to speak with groups and organizations in 2014, we are taking bookings now.
Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK work in solidarity with non-violent Afghan peacemakers; namely the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV), some of whom are shown below. Our activities include taking peace delegations to Afghanistan to gather testimonies and analysis from grassroots Afghan peace activists; then to convert that information into campaigning materials in the US/UK e.g. speaking tours, pamphlets, books, podcasts and documentaries.
We want to support non-violent Afghans in voicing their wishes for their country and do what we can in our own countries to strengthen the peace movement and pressurise our Governments to end their involvement in a war which has lasted over 11 years; is fuelling violent radicalism in Afghanistan as well as the UK; and moreover continuing a stream of violence in a country which has experienced bloodshed since 1979.
VCNVUK was inspired by the United States organisation Voices for Creative Non Violence, established by Kathy Kelly.