If you’re a student, join
, which has created a website for its antiwar working group, and the
, which holds teach-ins, debates, demonstrations and walkouts on high school and college campuses.
Write, phone, e-mail and fax your elected representatives and President Obama, and implore them to say no to Gen.
‘s request to send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Urge them to support
‘s bill (HR 3699) to prohibit any increase in the US armed forces and to co-sponsor
‘s resolution (HR 2404) calling on the defense secretary to outline an exit strategy.
‘s Rethink Afghanistan for free at rethinkafghanistan.com, then get a copy of the DVD and host a screening yourself. You can also invite your elected reps and their staffers to watch the film, and post one of the film’s six segments to your Facebook page.
Play host to a Peace for Afghanistan house party with
. Go to peaceforafghanistan.org for hosting tips or to find a party near you. The Peace Action website also has “A Better Plan for Afghan Peace” petition.
Add your name to
‘s call for an exit strategy, and see the “Women Say NO to War” section of its website (other genders also welcome), CodePink4Peace.org, which features a calendar of antiwar events.
‘s emergency statement calling for an end to military intervention in the region and an infusion of humanitarian aid instead.
Join peace groups like the
War Resisters League
American Friends Service Committee
Military Families Speak Out
Win Without War
Peace Action West
. And check out United for Peace‘s site to find out about upcoming demonstrations, rallies, vigils and other actions.
Support anti-escalation Afghan groups working for women’s rights and social justice, like the
Afghan Women’s Mission
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
Tell your friends and family about the
National Priorities Project
‘s cost-of-war tickers, which keep a running tally of the national, state and local costs of our military ventures. Write to media outlets, local and national, to provide nonmilitary perspectives.
Support the troops who refuse to fight, like
, currently serving a twelve-month sentence for refusing deployment to Afghanistan. Find out how at couragetoresist.org.
Visit our special page “Afghanistan in Crisis” for the best in The Nation‘s Afghanistan coverage. And go to thenation.com/blogs/actnow for an expanded version of this article with links to each project. ANDREA D’CRUZ and PETER ROTHBERG