Peace Picket - Afghanistan War Anniversary

Event Dates: 
10/07/17

Peace Picket - Afghanistan War Anniversary

Saturday, October 7 at 10 AM - 11 AM
State Capitol Building, King St. entrance
Madison, Wisconsin 53703

  • Stop the war on Afghanistan! 
  • Bring our troops home now! 
  • End the "war on terror"! 

To remember the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan in October, 2001, we will gather near the Veterans for Peace table by the King St. entrance of the Capitol. This is on the opposite side of the building from the State St. entrance. The table is near the statue of Hans Christian Heg. Bring your peace picket sign.

We are organizing this event in coordination with the volunteers at the Veterans for Peace info table at the Dane County farmer's market. If there are a lot of us, we may need to assemble between the statue and the Capitol, and we can stay on until noon. There are no speeches or program for this event. We will leaflet passersby at the farmer's market. Hope to see you there!

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Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced on September 18 that the US will send more than 3,000 troops to Afghanistan. The US has been in a 16-year war there — one of the longest in US history. President Trump entered office promising to minimize America’s involvement abroad. Trump becomes the third president — joining George W. Bush and Barack Obama — to wade into the quagmire.
 
The US will add to the approximately 11,000 US troops already serving in Afghanistan, bringing the total to at least 14,000. The Taliban currently controls more than 40 percent of the country, and around 8.4 million Afghans, about a third of the country’s population, live under its rule. The US has spent around $714 billion. The U.S. has lost 2,400 U.S. troops according to iCasualties.org. In the first 12 years of the war, about 220,000 Afghans and 80,000 in Pakistanis died because of the war, according to Physicians for Social Responsibility.