Oct 18 2013

Malalai Joya: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise her Voice

As US and NATO forces prepare for their final year of occupation before the war in Afghanistan officially winds down, many are asking, was it all worth it? Even Afghan President Hamid Karzai, considered by Afghans to be the West’s puppet, told the BBC this week that the war “caused a lot of suffering and a lot of loss of life and no gains because the country is not secure.”

Meanwhile Karzai is under severe pressure from the Obama Administration to pin down a “status-of-forces” agreement between the US and Afghanistan over how many US troops if any, will remain, and what their task will be.

What ordinary Afghans think about all this is rarely allowed to enter the equation. Today we’ll hear from a woman who has been a frequent guest on Uprising over the years. Called by many “the bravest woman in Afghanistan,” former Afghan parliamentarian, and author of A Woman Among Warlords, Malalai Joya, returns to Southern California for a series of events.

GUEST: Malalai Joya — not to be confused with the Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai — gained international fame about 10 years ago when she confronted US-backed warlords at a constitutional assembly in Kabul. Since then she has been a marked woman, surviving numerous assassination attempts. But that did not deter her from winning a seat in Afghanistan’s new Parliament in 2005, representing her home province of Farah. She was kicked out of Parliament soon after by the very men who threaten her and went on to publish her memoir A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise her Voice.

MALALAI JOYA’S SPEAKING EVENTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Saturday October 19, 1:30 pm
Harvey Mudd College
301 Platt Blvd Claremont, CA 91711

Saturday October 19th 7 – 9 pm
All Saints Church, the Forum
132 N Euclid Ave Pasadena, CA 91101
Media sponsor is KPFK
Entrance is free – suggested donation of $10 will include copy of Joya’s book A Woman Among Warlords
KPFK host Sonali Kolhatkar will host the event – Book signing to follow talk
Click here for a flyer

NOTE: AWM is collecting used but functioning laptop computers for democracy activists in Afghanistan. You can donate your laptop to AWM at this event ONLY. Please bring all necessary charger cables and accessories. Tax letters will be mailed to donors.

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Monday October 21st, 10 am – 12 noon
Cal State Fullerton,
Langsdorf Hall (LH) Room 318, Cal State Fullerton (LH is along Nutwood Ave)
Campus Map: http://www.fullerton.edu/campusmap/
Click here for a flyer of the event.
Media sponsor is KPFK

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Monday, Oct. 21st, 7 pm
Al Awda Center, 2720 Loker Avenue West Suite J, Carlsbad CA 92010
Co-sponsored by Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition
For more information on this event, or to join the Facebook event page, click here

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11am
San Diego City College, V101 (16th and C Streets)
1313 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 pm
San Diego State University
Nasatir Hall 100
Click here for map
A Feminist Reasearch Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Bread and Roses Center of the Department of Women’s Studies, and the Center for Intercultural Relations, SDSU

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2 pm
UCSD (room tbd)

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 pm
Church of the Brethren
3850 Westgate Pl.
San Diego 92105
For more information on this event, or to join the Facebook event page, click here

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  1. RPon 21 Oct 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Very good discussion. Also depressing to see what the U.S. has been doing in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I hope the future is a lot brighter for those countries.

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