May 12 rally for Afghan women in Wash DC
I am planning to have a small rally at the White House on Wednesday 12 Noon at Lafayette Park and the White House Sidewalk, where President Obama and Afghanistan President Karzai will be meeting to discuss a plan to "reconcile" with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
I am concerned about the reports of the reconciliation plan with the Taliban has reportedly included considering allowing some of the Taliban to rejoin the Afghanistan police and security forces, and of course, my main concern is what such a "reconciliation" will mean to the safety and security of the women in Afghanistan.
I am inviting people of all ethnic groups, religions, and views who share our conviction that the Taliban and its supremacist views are against our universal human rights and the commitment to pluralism necessary for religious freedom.
If you are interested, please email me and let me know.
Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)
May 12 -- Washington DC White House Protest -- Human Rights in Afghanistan
Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)
Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) is planning a public demonstration to call for human rights in Afghanistan and our opposition to the ideology of the Taliban.
Our demonstration will be on Wednesday, May 12 from 12 Noon to 2 PM in Washington DC at Lafayette Park and the White House sidewalk. The demonstration will coincide with Afghanistan President Karzai's and United States President Obama's meeting on May 12 to plan "reconciliation" between members of the Taliban and the Afghanistan nation.
We support efforts to achieve peace, but we also know that peace without human rights, will only provide more suffering to the most vulnerable. We seek to keep hope alive for human rights for all in Afghanistan.
We remain concerned about the false belief that Taliban who allegedly "renounce violence" against soldiers and tanks, will continue a reign of terrorism against Afghanistan women, minorities, and other Muslims.
R.E.A.L. is deeply concerned about:
-- the perspective among some in Afghanistan that there is a "good Taliban" and a "bad Taliban" - we believe that those who continue to accept the Taliban's anti-human rights ideologies do not offer any "good" for the Afghanistan people or for peace
-- the history of the Taliban ideology in oppressing women, religious minorities, and Muslims in Afghanistan
-- the reports that reconciliation plans may include allowing Taliban members "to join the Afghan army or police force"
We call for any "peace" to ensure that women's, minorities', and Muslims' universal human rights are made a priority in Afghanistan. We believe that Taliban supremacists are no different than any other religious or racial supremacists. We urge people of all religions, all ethnic groups, all genders, and all races to join us in our concern for a real peace, based on a commitment to human rights in Afghanistan.
The Taliban's anti-human rights ideological views are no different than any other organization that defies our universal human rights. So we ask President Obama to tell President Karzai "no to reconciliation" with those who continue to promote the Taliban supremacist ideology.
Those who renounce the Taliban supremacist ideology and who support our universal human rights are the only ones that America should be supporting reconciliation policies towards. Support for our unqualified, universal human rights must be a priority for any peace in Afghanistan.
We will meet at Lafayette Park at 12 Noon. Our planned goal is to be there from 12 Noon to 2 PM. I have met with the National Park Service about the Lafayette Park and White House sidewalk area, and while I have submitted a permit application earlier this week (and expect to receive an NPS permit by fax before the event), but we don't require a permit for less than 25 individuals (backup plan).
In addition, we submitted our assembly notification to the Metropolitan DC police of our intent to protest in the Pennsylvania Avenue blocked off street area between Lafayette Park and the White House.
May 2010: Karzai to discuss proposal that also offers reinsertion and jobs to former militants with Obama on US visit -- includes "the option for former insurgents to join the Afghan army or police force"
April 7, 2010: New Afghan Strategy: Karzai and Holbrooke Praise Taliban
--- April 2010: Karzai to lawmakers: 'I might join the Taliban' - Afghan leader made threat twice at closed-door meeting, witnesses say
--- April 2010: Afghanistan: Rights Experts Have Doubts about Reconciliation with Taliban
--- August 2009: Afghanistan Exit Strategy: Buying Off the Taliban? VP Biden Says Only 5 Percent of Taliban are "Incorrigible," 70 Percent "are in it only for the money"
--- March 2009: Obama Ponders Outreach to Elements of Taliban
--- October 2008: Afghanistan President Karzai Offers Taliban's Mullah Omar Safe Passage and Taliban Positions in Afghanistan Government
--- September 2007: Taliban unveils hardline Afghan constitution as "Constitution of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" where "where women would remain veiled and uneducated, 'un-Islamic thought' would be banned and human rights would be ignored if 'contrary with the teachings of Islam'"
--- September 2007: Afghanistan President Karzai Offers to Meet with Taliban's Mullah Omar and Offer Taliban Political Power
--- February 2007: Afghan assembly grants immunity for war crimes
May 6, 2010: Afghanistan: Woman dies in Taliban suicide bombing of Afghan government offices
-- Afghanistan: Kandahar woman's rights activist Roona Tahrin gets death threats from Taliban, children see her "dead" in their dreams
-- Afghan Woman Murdered as She Leaves Work
-- Afghanistan: Women's rights are being forgotten
-- Kandahar's street without women
-- A Year Ago - April 13, 2009: Afghan Woman Politician and Women's Rights Activist Killed in Kandahar
-- Afghans Question 'Good Taliban' Times Ahead
-- U.S. Department of Justice - Rewards for Justice: $10 Million Reward for Afghanistan Taliban's Mullah Omar