Love to Afghanistan

 In Afghanistan

On Valentine’s Day, we send our love to the people of Afghanistan by demanding that the Biden administration unfreeze Afghanistan’s assets so they can restart their economy and feed their people.

After 20 years of war in Afghanistan, Peace Action welcomed the withdrawal of troops from the country and an end to the war.

Yet when the United States military pulled out of Afghanistan, the Biden administration also responded by choking off assets to Afghan banks and the economy by freezing the reserves of the Afghan Central Bank held in the U.S. They also imposed sanctions on those doing business with Afghanistan and cut aid. Jobs and income disappeared, people cannot afford to buy food and mass starvation is now occurring.

The Afghan people are suffering now more than ever. Hunger could kill more now than in two decades of war. This humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is in the words of the International Red Cross a “human-made catastrophe.” “Human-made” largely by coercive U.S. economic policies.

This Valentine’s Day, we are organizing “Love to Afghanistan” vigils across the country to promote much-needed aid to the people of Afghanistan.

We will be pressuring members of Congress to increase aid to Afghanistan and end the sanctions policies and asset freezes that humanitarian groups say are driving the current famine.

We will deliver a Valentine to Congressional offices along with the attendees’ wishes that their Congresspersons deliver on that Valentine – by increasing aid to Afghanistan and unfreezing frozen assets. We invite you to join us by clicking the button below to host a vigil in your hometown.

Click here for more resources:
Vigil Check-list
Downloadable Placards and Banners
Social Media Graphics and Sample Posts

If you’re not able to host your own vigil,  but wish to attend one that’s already been organized, check the list below to see if there’s one near you.

230 S. Dearborn St, Chicago 60603
Monday, February 14th, 12 p.m.
Event Link

Triangle Park, Corner of Main and Broadway
Monday, February 14th, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Congress Square Park
Monday, February 14th, 12 p.m.
Event Link

33rd and North Charles St.
Monday, February 14th, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

25 Market Space, City Dock and Market House
Sunday, February 13th, 12 p.m.
Event Link

6112 Fence Post Ct., Columbia, MD 21044
Monday, February 14th, 7 p.m.

Downtown Crossing (Red Line and Orange Line MBTA Stations)
Monday, February 14th, 12 p.m.
Event Link

New Jersey
East Brunswick
Brunswick Square Mall (across from Walgreens)
Friday, February 11th, 5 p.m.

Bloomfield Ave, Corner Church and South Fullerton
Sunday, February 13th, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Palmer Square
Monday, February 14th, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

New York
15 Henry Street, outside Sen. Schumer’s office
Monday, February 14th, 12 p.m.

Intersection of Bidwell and Elmwood
Saturday, February 12th, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Event Link

86th St. and 4th Ave., Bay Bridge
Monday, February 14th, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

North Carolina
Main Post Office Building, 300 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, 27601
Monday, February 14th, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Benton County Courthouse, 120 NW 4th St., Corvallis 97330
Friday, February 11th, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Love Park
Thursday, February 17th, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

WHAT: Caravan to congressional offices, with vigils and Valentine & letter deliveries.
WHEN/WHERE: Monday, February 14
9:30: office of Congressman Marc
Veasey; 1881 Sylvan Ave, Dallas
(located inside Chase Bank bldg)
10:30: office of Congresswoman Eddie
Bernice Johnson; 1825 Market Center
Blvd, Dallas, 75207
11:30: office of Congressman Colin
Allred; 100 N Central Expy,
Richardson, TX, 75080

We’ll meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday to vigil and deliver Valentines and letters, then caravan to the other two congressional offices to do the same. If you can’t join us for the whole caravan, meet us at the designated times & places that you CAN make. Please wear red and/or pink, and feel free to adorn your car with messages of love for Afghanistan!

Intersection of Kinnickinnic and Lincoln Ave.
Saturday, February 12th, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Thank you to our partnering organizations: Afghans for a Better Tomorrow, World Beyond War, Code Pink, United for Peace and Justice, Pace e Bene, Progressive Democrats of America, Raging Grannies, Presbyterian Church USA Office of Public Witness, Baltimore, MD Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter Veterans For Peace, The Art & Politics of Justice & Joy, and the Indian Institute for Peace Disarmament & Environmental Protection.

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