This 4th of July - Independence for the Afghan People

By Felicia Gustin
Jul 4, 2012

It’s the least we can do. With the whole country celebrating Independence Day today, perhaps we can consider independence for the Afghan people. That’s the appeal coming from Iraq Veterans Against the War who have joined with Afghans for Peace to begin a process of healing and reconciliation.

They are asking folks to share far and wide this video that features Suraia Sahar of Afghans for Peace (AFP) and Aaron Hughes of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). The interview was shot a day after the historic May march in Chicago for Justice and Reconciliation to end the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) occupation of Afghanistan.

According to IVAW, the march “led to a new growing relationship between IVAW and AFP that is sparking a new antiwar movement lead by the most impacted communities, veterans and Afghan civilians.”

Please play this forward and spread the peace around!

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Felicia Gustin has been with War Times since the beginning. She currently works at SpeakOut, a national organization working primarily with colleges, universities, and high schools and dedicated to the advancement of education, racial and social justice, leadership development and activism. She is a long-time activist in international solidarity, peace, racial justice and labor movements. She was a journalist for 10 years in Cuba and is currently working on several projects - an historical memoir and a poetry collection, among others.

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