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Afghan Veterans Against the War Go on Tour

AVAW Tour Hits the Road!

The Afghanistan Veterans Against the War (AVAW) speaking tour kicked off yesterday marking the beginning of a series of events around the country from August 22 -31. The first stop was hosted by the IVAW Bay Area chapter and tonight the tour will go to Coffee Strong near Fort Lewis, WA.

AVAW co-founders Brock McIntosh and Jacob George returned to Afghanistan last month with a U.S. delegation for nonviolence, eager to meet with local Afghan peace and social justice organizations. Their mission was twofold: to gain a greater understanding ordinary Afghans’ needs, fears, and desires for their country, and to discover ways U.S. activists can support indigenous nonviolent efforts to reach those goals.


Brock and Jacob are reporting back on this landmark dialogue between Afghan civilians and Afghanistan veterans. Also joining the tour on the Midwest stops is Alejandro Villatoro, just back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the Illinois Army National Guard.

Check out the Events page to find the stop near you and spread the word!

Convention 2011 Report Back

Convention 2011 Group PhotoIVAW’s 2011 Convention on August 4 - 7 at Portland State Universitywas a huge success! Sixty members came out from all corners of the country to share in training, decision-making, and camaraderie. We were joined by over forty allies and invited speakers.

Held in conjunction with Veterans For Peace, the combined convention offered almost 40 workshops spanning a huge variety of topics, from Military Sexual Trauma and PTSD to Creative Resistance and Media to Counter-Recruitment. For the first time workshops were streamed live during the convention, and will remain available on our U-stream channelforfuture viewing.


In addition to workshops, IVAW members participated in a fruitful strategy meeting, heard from leaders of other successful organizing movements, and screened David Zeiger’s new Winter Soldier documentary “This Is Where We Take Our Stand.” A strong new Board of Directors emerged from the election, as well as a new resolution on Palestine. The 2011 Election Results can be viewed on the site.

A big thanks goes out to all of those who helped make Convention 2011 happen: Veterans for Peace, Civilian-Soldier Alliance, the Iraqi Student Project, Clare Bayard & Maryam Roberts, Paige Shell-Spurling, Abe Mwaura of the Warehouse Workers for Justice, Marina Saenz-Luna of the Student Farmworker Alliance, Brooke Anderson of EBASE, Lucilene Lira of Sisters of the Road, Sergio España of United Workers, IVAW – Portland Chapter, and especially Joe Dunn, without whose tireless work we would have been screwed. Many more contributed to pulling this together and we thank you!

In solidarity,

Jose Vasquez, Executive Director

Speaking Events



August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.


September 22-24: No War 2017 at American University in Washington, D.C.


October 28: Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference

Find more events here.


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