Information on the peace walk: a Trail of Tears for Afghanistan

18/06/2010

BACKGROUND INFO

When I went to Afghanistan I was proud to serve the Army and to serve my country, but before long I realised the government was using the Army for its own ends. It is distressing to disobey orders, but when Britain follows America in continuing to wage war against one of the world’s poorest countries I feel I have no choice. Politicians have abused the trust of the Army and the soldiers who serve” – Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, jailed for 9 months for refusing to return to Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan is currently costing British  taxpayers £5 billion a year, and though the Government claims that British troops are fighting there to keep us safe, 80% of the public simply don’t believe them. In reality, British troops are killing and dying to protect one of the most corrupt governments in the world: a government that condones marital rape, tortures its own citizens, and was elected by massive fraud, and their presence there increases – not decreases – the risk of terrorism to us here in the UK.

The overwhelming majority (77%) of the British public want British troops withdrawn from Afghanistan “within a year or so”. Yet, despite this, voters have been deprived of any meaningful choice at the ballot box. Indeed, 70% agreed that the three main parties did not offer “any real choice of policies” on Afghanistan.

PLEASE JOIN US this June to demand an end to the war, and to show solidarity with those soldiers, like Joe Glenton, who refuse to fight in this illegal and immoral war.

Film showings and other activities along the way. Accommodation available in London on the nights of 25-26 June. Please let us know if you will be needing accommodation on either or both of these nights: 0845 458 2564 or afghanpeacewalk@googlemail.com.

Walk Initiated by Justice Not Vengeance (www.j-n-v.org) and others. Contact: 0845 458 2564, afghanpeacewalk@googlemail.com

WE NEED YOUR HELP!
First and foremost we need walkers, so please join us if you can. But we also need help with publicity and money!

PUBLICITY
Please forward this email to any relevant e-lists or to anyone you think might be interested

If you’re on Facebook, then please invite people to take part: http://tinyurl.com/347nb4s
Can you distribute and / or mail out leaflets about the Walk over the next four weeks? If so, then please contact us to let us know how many you need and where we should send them: 0845 458 2564, afghanpeacewalk@googlemail.com

MONEY
We still haven’t covered the costs of organising the Walk. If you can help, then please send donations:
1. by cheque, payable to ‘JNV’, to: JNV, 29 Gensing Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN38 0HE (please write ‘Peace Walk’ on the back)
2. or by electronic transfer: see http://www.j-n-v.org/whatisJNV.htm for details.

For more info contact 0845 458 2564 (before 26 June) or 07503 488 949 (during the walk) or 07973 484 202 (during the walk) or email afghanpeacewalk@googlemail.com

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