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Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK

Email Newsletter December 2014
Mary Dobbing, Maya Evans & Henrietta Cullinan will be visiting Kabul 

Peace Delegation to Kabul

Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK visit Afghanistan 2014

For the 4th year we will be visiting Kabul to be in solidarity with young Afghan peace activists who struggle for genuine democracy and self- determination in a country far from the peace promised 13 years ago. The Afghan Peace Volunteers are grassroots activists who work with street kids, facilitate work for poor local women via a duvet project, while resisting sectarianism and campaigning for peace and justice.

As Britain officially leaves, what is left behind? Who has power in a country where most people cannot even move from one province to another, drones dominate and poverty, illiteracy and violence are rife. We will be on the ground speaking to ordinary Afghans and finding out their thoughts on the Taliban, the Afghan Government, reconstruction and women's liberation - we will be recording and returning with these voices which are rarely heard but are so important.

While spending Christmas in Kabul Mary Dobbing, Henrietta Cullinan and Maya Evans intend to hold a seminar about drones, moreover Britain's use of drones in Afghanistan. Joining the seminar by video link will be drone experts, an international lawyer and leading researchers who will speak to young Afghan peacemakers, NGOs and civil society groups.

Follow the daily activities of the group in Kabul on the Blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Donate to Voices for Creative Non- Violence UK

VCNV are the only UK peace group to regularly visit Kabul and work in solidarity with grassroots Afghan activists. This year we have organised a peace conference around Afghanistan, spoken up and down the country,organised and participated in protests as well as launching the now international campaign Fly Kites Not Drones (which is currently being made into an education resource pack). 

In order for us to continue our work we rely on kind donations from our supporters - trips to Kabul are not cheap! 

Please donate generously with a cheque or standing order:
The Co-Operative Bank
Account: 65583025
Sort: 08 92 99

Cheques to "VCNV UK" 31 Carisbrooke Road, St Leoanrds on Sea TN38 0JN
Or DONATE via our website
After 13 years of war 

Left in the Dark: Failures in accountability for civilian casualties by international military operations in Afghanistan- An Amnesty International Report

YouGov Poll reveals majority of Brits think war with Afghanistan has not been worthwhile and back withdrawal with 75% thinking it's right to withdraw and nearly half saying intervention was not worthwhile.

Coming up...

Global Days of Listening Special
10th December 11.30am-1pm International Human Rights Day

Join the Afghan Peace Volunteers on LIVESTREAM speaking to students and young people in Palestine, Egypt, Jeju Island and the US.
Talks: 10th December 7pm, LONDON, Housmans Book Shop, Maya Evans speaks about the current situation in Afghanistan at the end of 13 years of foreign occupation, 5 Caledonia Road, N1 9DX.
INVITE VCNV UK to speak with your group: vcnvuk@gmail.com
Drone Campaign Network
LONDON, 17th Jaunary 2015

DCN are having an information and strategy day where new groups are very much encouraged to come. 

As the proliferation of drone warfare continues to go unchecked by international law and our governments the issues of drones has never been more urgent. Drones are currently being used against people in Gaza, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yeman, Somalia, Libya, Mali and Algeria. Resist Now! To attend the meeting email: penny.dcn@gmail.com

US activists in solidarity with Afghans who live under drones

Last week longtime peace activist was sentenced to one year conditional discharge for demonstrating outside the gates of New York’s Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, which is used to remotely pilot U.S. drone attacks. 

This week Kathy Kelly co-ordinator of VCNV US, stands trial for protesting against drones outside Whiteman Airforce Base, Kansas city.

Both defendants wear their APV "border free" blue scarves to show solidarity with Afghans.

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