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Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Malalai Joya's book cover

Malalai Joya will be doing a national tour sponsored by UNAC and the Afghan Womens' Mission; the co-sponsors of the New York portion of the tour, including the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, are listed below. The main public event in New York City will be on Friday night, October 4 at 7pm at the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street in Manhattan, and is free and open to the public. The Facebook event is here; if possible, please go to the FB page to indicate if you will be attending.

Malalai Joya, renowned Afghan activist and author, first made headlines ten years ago, at the age of 25, after she publicly denounced warlord domination of Afghanistan's constituent assembly. Since then she's been a tireless opponent of both the US-led NATO occupation of her country and the Afghan Taliban. She was the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's National Assembly in 2005, but was suspended two years later after repeatedly criticizing the criminals in charge of the country. In 2009 she published an autobiography (A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice) which tells the story of a childhood spent in refugee camps in Iran and Pakistan, and her struggle to bring peace and freedom to her country.

The event is co-sponsored by the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, CodePink and Code Pink NYC, Desis Rising Up and Moving, Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions and State Repression, Haymarket Books, International Socialist Organization, Pakistan-USA Freedom Forum, Pakistan Solidarity Network, Veterans for Peace, War Resisters League, and World Can't Wait.