Malalai Joya Visits! Our Food For Thought Event and Our New Work Together!
Two weeks ago we were profoundly honored with a visit from Roots Activist Malalai Joya. For those who do not know her, Malalai is one of the most important Peace and Justice Activists working in Afghanistan today. She tirelessly resists the War and Occupation, attacks on Womens Rights, violence, corruption and warlords who have been handed authority over townships and Communities in Afghanistan. As many know she has survived 7 assassination attempts not to mention a constant wave of aggression coming from those that she stands against. It would be easy to caricature her as fierce and fearless, a mythical Super heroine, after all , she is called the bravest Women in Afghanistan. That she is. However, Malalai
Joya like so many Activists is more than just her Activism, she is a Mother, a member of her Family and Community, and a citizen of Afghanistan. She worries, faces many fears and feels the weight of a path that is chosen but very difficult. I feel very lucky and honored to call her a friend.
She is profoundly kind, gracious, loving, likes to be silly, and yes she is fierce, strong, and profoundly effective at moving mountains. We spend a lot of time checking in about the challenges when I see her but also we laugh a lot. She amazes me. I feel exhausted from doing 5 events in a couple weeks while she speaks in a different state every night for months at a time. When she is at home she must stay in a different safe house every night because of the danger to her and to her Family. Can you imagine her concern for them? For her son?
Malalai Joya addresses Roots to Resistance
Local Peace Activist Francis Crowe with Malalai and Roots to Resistance Founder and Artist Denise Beaudet
Malalai Joya and Denise Beaudet hashing out the details of a new Postcard Campaign
When she was here Malalai Joya and I had some time to talk about and work on the details of an additional Postcard campaign that will support her aims. We currently send Postcards that we created with Malalai demanding an end to the war and occupation in Afghanistan, around the World. The Postcards are pre-addressed to President Obama and the White House and a stream of them are sent each month from many corners of the Globe. Malalai and I are now creating an additional Postcard and Street Postering campaign to raise funds for a film she is working on called, A Woman Among Warlords. The film is a very important one, as it will be informing a World Community about the real truths and realities of the past and present Afghanistan through interviews and conversations with Malalai and with spoken experiences of the People, Families and Communities inside of Afghanistan. The film is important for many reasons but the ones Malalai sites have to do with bringing attention to Afghanistans forgotten People and bringing their true realities, their truths, to all.
The new Postcards bringing support for this Film, will be available this week so please be in touch if you would like to disperse some.
Malalai Joya is someone who deserves profound respect and the consideration of your support , and I pass on her gratitude to you for that.
HERE you ca n directly support Malalai and her new film:
HERE you can learn more about how to support Malalai Joya by visiting the site of her Defense Committee:
The First Demand of My People Is Justice! // Malalai Joya comes to Food for Thought Books - a great article written about the event by local media Organization Orangeink:
Learn more about the Roots To Resistance Project HERE