Monday, August 22 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
War Memorial Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 219
San Francisco, CA
WHAT Join SF Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace Chapter 69, and the Civilian/Soldier Alliance as we kick off this speaking tour of two Afghanistan Operation Enduring Freedom veterans. Jacob George & Brock McIntosh will speak about their experience returning to Afghanistan not as soldiers, but as civilians engaged in opening dialogue with local Afghans surrounding the non-violence movement and possible reparations. The two joined a ‘Voices for Creative Non-Violence’ (http://vcnv.org/) delegation.
GOALS for their time in Afghanistan were:
- Build on contacts from previous delegations to learn more about perspectives of the Afghan people regarding the question: What do Afghan people want for Afghanistan?
- Provide on the ground reporting from a grassroots perspective intended to catalyze opposition to U.S. military intervention in the region and bring about an end to the conflicts.
- Build solidarity with indigenous movements working for peace, human rights and a just end to the conflicts.
Jacob George is a 3-tour OEF paratrooper turned peace activist engaged with Bikes Not Bombs and the founder of ‘A Ride Till The End (ARTTE)’ (www.operationawareness.org), a perpetual bike protest that has covered 6,000 miles of the American south since May 1, 2010.
Brock McIntosh is an Army National Guard veteran also deployed to Afghanistan and is an applicant for Conscientious Objector (CO) status. He has worked as a spokesperson with ‘Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan’ as well as being active with IVAW and Operation: Recovery. Brock has focused on the non-violence movement including training at the ‘Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies’ and an internship at ‘Win Without War’.
WHY As of October 7th, Afghanistan will have been occupied for 10 years. With no discernible end in sight and the first 6 months of 2011 being the deadliest for Afghan civilians (1,462), a discussion on alternatives to the war is imperative.
COST A suggested donation of $5-7 will go toward Jacob & Brock’s airfare & other expenses as they continue to share their experiences on this tour.